Friday, March 8, 2013

Running Wild (Men from Battle Ridge, Book 1) [Mass Market Paperback]

I've finished reading "Running Wild" the 1st book in her Battle Ridge series by Linda Howard.

Product Description

In book 1 of this steamy new contemporary Western romance series by two blockbuster authors, a cowboy and a woman on the run take a stand and fight for love.

Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

Zeke doesn’t challenge Carlin’s terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she’s a woman in trouble. Problem is, he’s so blindsided by his attraction to her he can’t think straight. Zeke tries to stay all business, no complications — but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman.

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Prey, Veil of Night, and Ice. She lives in Alabama with her husband and a golden retriever.

Linda Jones is the acclaimed USA Today bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including Untouchable, 22 Nights, and Bride by Command. She lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (November 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345520785
ISBN-13: 978-0345520784

My Review:

Carlin Reed is named after the comedian George Carlin and she is sexy, smart, determined and scared.  She is running for her life from a stalker who has already killed her best friend mistaking them for her.

She finds herself in Battle Ridge, Wyoming a very quiet ranching community in the middle of nowhere.  She finds part-time work as a waitress at the Pie Hole for Kat then is persuaded to work as a cook for Zeke Decker at his ranch.  He is your typical cowboy with a gruff, no nonsense personality and who likes to fix things for everyone.

Zeke knows Carlin is trouble the first time he sees/meets her and he tries to ignore his attraction to her.  When he realizes she is running from something and she gets under his skin he is determined to change her mind about him and to teach her how to defend herself.

I liked how Zeke and Carlin got to know each other before falling into bed and that he was determined to show her how to defend herself by using her body as a weapon and how to shoot (it paid off in the long run).  Glad that he didn't push her in not doing what she wanted but was patient but persuasive.


No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails