The Wild Side: A Gripping Novel of Suspense (Hardcover)

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The Wild Side: A Gripping Novel of Suspense (Hardcover)


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A seemingly ordinary guidance counselor goes undercover as a high-class escort to bring down a dangerous network of ruthless and powerful men in the gripping new standalone page-turner from legendary, #1 international bestseller Fern Michaels.  

The season's must-read for fans of Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, James Patterson, and Janet Evanovich.

For Melanie Drake, school guidance counselor in a small Virginia town, the day’s challenges typically involve a playground scuffle or a student skipping school. It’s worlds away from her previous career as a vital part of the Office of Special Investigations. There, she devoted herself heart and soul to covert operations, the riskier the better.

Since leaving, Melanie has cherished her peaceful, calm existence, with her two beloved retired service dogs for company. Then a call comes from her former supervisor, Rich Patterson. He needs her back for a highly specialized assignment. An international group of billionaires is known to meet regularly for decadent dinners, and they always hire high-class escorts for the occasion. Only the most elegant, well-educated, and sophisticated women will do. Infiltrating those meetings could yield information vital to national security.

Melanie’s loyalty is indisputable. She’s willing to pose as an escort and glean every scrap of intel that she can. But these men aren’t just wealthy and powerful, they’re also exceptionally ruthless. One slip, and they won’t hesitate to eliminate Melanie, by any means necessary. . .
Fern Michaels is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of the Sisterhood, Lost and Found, Men of the Sisterhood, and Godmothers series, as well as dozens of other novels and novellas. Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and sold over 150 million copies in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her fur family of dogs and cats, as well as a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at
Product Details ISBN: 9781496746801
ISBN-10: 1496746805
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English
Praise for Fern Michaels’ Standalone Novels
"Dramatic, riveting and a delicious page turner." Woman's World on Fearless
“Without giving too much of this fabulous, stirring, somewhat suspenseful, novel away before you get a chance to read it yourself, let me just say that CJ finds herself uprooted from everyone and everything she’s ever known, and placed (for her own protection) into a small New England town—on the water that took Kick from her… There are so many layers to this story; as each is peeled back and revealed to the reader, it’s the heart, soul, and resilience of CJ, a strong female character, that endears Deep Harbor to us.” —Delilah, Radio Host and Bestselling Author, on Deep Harbor
“This standalone book is a warm-hearted, romantic story with a touch of suspense and carries Michaels’ trademark funny, snappy banter.” —Booklist on Deep Harbor
“Michaels’ highly developed skills as a storyteller are evident in the affable characters, suspenseful plot, and delightful romance.”Publishers Weekly on Deep Harbor
“A page-turner, Southern Comfort tells a story with the perfect blend of mystery, adventure and romance…Between the high-intensity of the case-cracking and the blossoming of new relationships, this novel is a great fast-paced beach read for a slow summer day.” The Charleston Mercury
“Michaels turns [a] fairy tale into a story about family…Will appeal to Michaels’ faithful fans or teenagers reading their first romance.” Library Journal on A Family Affair
“[A] tale of strong emotions and courage.” —Publishers Weekly on No Safe Secret
“With its cast of feisty seniors and spunky, resourceful women, Michaels’ latest is sure to capture the hearts of its readers, even while tickling their funny bones.” Booklist on The Blossom Sisters