Love in the Wild was everything you would expect from a retelling that tries to stay as close and true as possible to the original tale while at the same time giving the reader a whole new story.
The are many familiar elements. The jungle, the boy who grew up with gorillas, the girl... but there are alsonew enticing bits to keep it fresh and interesting.
Tarzan, or Thorne, was taken into the care of a gorilla mama at a very young age. His connection with the jungle and with the animals was beautifully portrayed. This book is definitely for the animal lover. There will be many moments of Thorne with the animals that will make you smile. He knows the jungle better than anyone and has carved out a place for himself.
Jane, or here Eden, is a photographer at the wrong place at the wrong time. Thorne saves her life and tries to claim her as his mate. His animalistic instincts are strong and although Eden knows she should take it slow with him she finds hard to resist his sweet, innocent, and yet very appealing charm.
I thoroughly enjoyed their tender moments together. Thorne introducing her to his jungle family, Eden trying to teach him the way humans date before mating (having sex)... they were perfect together.
The secondary characters, Thorne's uncle and aunt, the friend he made in the village nearby, and even the evil guys, are just as lovable as the main couple.
All in all, this was a really compelling read.
It was not anything new and completely different, and that's is exactly why I loved it. It respected the original tale. It was just as sweet, charming, and cheesy, while giving me, the reader, a new fabulous romance story and couple to love!
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