The Wild Card

(A Rivers Wilde Novella)

by Dylan Allen

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Dylan Allen continues the Rivers Wilde series with a neighbors-to-lovers second-chance romance.

A billionaire with family secrets looking for a fresh start.
A reformed jewel thief.
And a choice that changes everything.

Leo has two priorities: putting down new roots and making up for his mistakes.

He doesn’t have time for a blind date with his new neighbor.

Until he finds out she’s the woman he let slip away…but never forgot.

Cassie has finally paid her debts and is living the life she’s always wanted.
Her new neighbor sounds like he could be Mr. Right.
Only, he turns out to be the man who promised her the world then disappeared without a trace.

In another time and another place, he was a playboy who made her believe in miracles.
Now, he’s a danger to everything she’s worked hard for.

He wants to pick up where they left off.
She wants to keep her distance.

But when they’re together, their chemistry is undeniable.
The heat between them burns hot and fast.
Until a secret whips up a fire that threatens to engulf them all.

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An Exclusive Interview with Dylan Allen

Can you tell us why or how you chose to write about this couple for your novella?

When I decided to write another 1001 Dark Nights/Rivers Wilde Novella, I knew Cassie would be my heroine. I’ve been wanting to write her story ever since she made her appearance in The Legacy as my heroine’s best friend. Leo is a character I created a couple of years ago but wasn’t sure who his leading lady would be. When I sat down to think about Cassie’s story and saw the profile I’d created for him, I knew he was “the one.” They’re so different but  go so well together!

Do you do anything to treat yourself when you finish writing a book?

I give myself two days off to do nothing but whatever I feel like.

If someone were to narrate your life, who would you want the narrator to be and why?

Adjoa Andor would be my first choice. Not only is she a brilliant and award winning voice actor, she also played the iconic role of Lady Danbury in Bridgerton. She is British, but every accent she voices is flawless.

What one piece of advice would you give an aspiring writer?

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Even if things don’t go the way you expect, you’ll never regret trying.

Can you give us a few lines from your work in progress?

My days of setting myself on fire to keep other people warm are behind me. But if he asked me to be his, I’d burn the whole world to the ground to make it so.

If you could dream cast (actors, models, singers… anyone really!) the hero and heroine, who would you choose?

It would be a DREAM to be able to cast models (and real life couple) Broderick Hunter and Miriama Diallo. They were my inspiration for Cassie and Leo

What’s your cure for hiccups?

Having someone ask me to hiccup on demand. That always makes them go away!

What scene in this book was the toughest to write and why?

The first time Cassie and Leo shared a scene. It was so hard to restrain them because their chemistry was off the chain. They wanted to jump each other’s bones instantly and I had to keep reminding them they weren’t there yet.

If you could watch one scene from this book be played out like a movie, which one would it be and why?

I’d love to watch the scene where Leo is out for a jog and sees Cassie for the first time. Not only would it be great to see her through his eyes, the views of the island as he runs are spectacular.


Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author, Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust.

A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters find a love worth fighting for. When she isn’t writing or reading, eating, or cooking, Dylan enjoys planning her next globe-trotting adventure.

A reformed lawyer, Dylan lives in Texas with her amazing husband and two sons.

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