Running Wild (The Men from Battle Ridge #1)
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 housekee...more
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Carlin Reed is on the run from an obsessed stalker. She's tried reporting him to the authorities but without success. Afterall, who are they going to believe, her or her stalker, (view spoiler)[a cop? (hide spoiler)] Constantly on the move, she ends up in Battle Ridge, Wyoming. Taking a job as a waitress for a time, she's ready to move on again, when an offer comes as a cook and housekeeper on a nearby ranch.
Zeke Decker really doesn't need the distractions of a young, single, attractive woman on ...more
4 Stars! Nice start to the series! Well done author collaboration!
I’ve never read anything by Linda Winstead Jones, so I can’t compare, but I was definitely getting the Linda Howard vibe in this book. Particularly with the snarky banter between H and h, where the attraction is undeniable, but they use sarcasm to keep each other at arm’s length. It was reminiscent her books, Mr. Perfect , Open Season and Heart of Fire, all of which I loved!
The prologue introduces us to the grumpy Zeke and then ...more
This book also lacked Howard's famous sexy banter (see Mr. Perfect, for one example). It just didn't have ENOUGH of the earthy bold humor I love -- even though the heroin ...more
The audio was really good. Maggie Wheeler sounded like a country girl with a little bit of sass and her male voices were done well, too. I upped the speed form 1.0x (normal speed) to 1.25x, just a little faster.
First the humor. The writing in general, and especially the banter between the protags was priceless and I found myself laughing out loud quite a few times. The heroine is fighting her attraction to the hero by being purposef ...more
Zeke, the rough but handsome cowboy that owns a ranch and works hard running it, when his housekeeper ups and leaves he is forced ...more
Carlin Reed lives in fear everyday, always on the run and always watching her back. 2 lousy dates and her life was forever changed. She's being stalked by a policeman, so of course no one believed her when she tried to report him. She's on the run, stopping at random places, working for cash only, making no friends and moving ...more
Nothing particularly original. Some of the internal monologues/narrations got pretty repetitive after a while and I will never understand why female characters decide, if for example they have a stalker, that they have to do everything on their own and can't let others help them.
With a psychopathic stalker hunting her, Carlin is always ready to run. She works for cash, keeps her "run kit" ready at all times and avoids any attention. When she arrives in Battle Ridge, Wyoming she takes a job working as a housekeeper for a grumpy rancher. She does ...more
This is a theme/plot I've read many times and enjoy. And I liked this one but I felt it didn't keep me invested enough to warrant anything over 3 stars. I ...more
A.Z.Decker or Zeke doesn't need a new housekeeper after Libby, his previous housekeeper left. But he don't have a choice to hire Carlin Reed after his temporary housekeeper (who is man) got accident. Carlin is woman on the run. She had stalker, Brad, who is psycho cop that previously killed her friend because he mistake her for Carlin. Carlin then go to Battle Ridge, Wyoming and got work at Kat's place, The Pie Hole(Kat is Zeke's cous ...more
There was more cooking in this book than anything else. The heroine is running from a stalker and finds herself in Wyoming where she gets work as the housekeeper for the hero's ranch. And then the book is mostly cooking - even the relationship was secondary to the cooking.
The whole stalker plot seemed way out there. I can't believe that a man who got obsessed with a woman after two dates would act normally in other circumstances that he wouldn't be found out for the nut he was.
Not r ...more
Her running takes her to an unlikely place by the name of Battle Ridge, Wyoming a very quiet ranching town that is sort of on the way out, with people moving trying to make a living e ...more
Zeke is no different. He's a little rough around the edges and doesn't exactly know what to say around a woman, but a hard working man with muscles and determination who knows how to keep his mouth shut at the appropriate moments... sign me up!! Not to mention you can win him over with a plate of chocolate chip cookies!
Some may see Carlin as flighty and flaky, but given the situation I feel it is justified. She is strong and only beco ...more
Carlin’s on the run from an obsessed stalker. Although she has made reports to the police, her stalker is a cop, and he is able to manipulate the people he wo ...more
Carlin Reed is a young woman enjoying her life and friends in Houston. She makes the mistake of going on a blind date with Brad Henderson, a police officer, and her life changes forever. He refuses to accept her rejection, and becomes a stalker. Knowing his profession, she feels it's safest to disappear. She ends up in Dallas, rebuilding her life, until her best friend , wearing Carlin's raincoat, is gunned down on the street. Now, his attention ...more
Carlin Reed lived in Houston and her two dates with a police officer ended up with an obsessed manic. When her cries for help went unanswered from his fellow officers she decided she needed to move and hoped that would deter him. But he followed her and in a case of mistaken identity her friend was killed in her place. She decides is time of go off the grid and ends up ...more
The combination of Howard and Jones writing together works well, if this novel is anything to go by. For the first time in years I'm sorry the story ended.
Genre: Romantic Suspense
My Usual Read? Yep, I love this genre & usually this author (Linda Howard, don't know Linda Jones)
Cover Art: 4.5 stars out of 5 - Although the guy on the cover is gorgeous, I have to take one half-star away because he bears no resemblance to the very large, buff, bulky Uber Alpha described in the words of the book. Except maybe that he's wearing a cowboy hat.
First of all, I enjoyed the book for what it was. I didn't lower the ratin ...more
I especially liked the chemistry between the characters in this sexy, contemporary western. Snappy dialogue and the promise of more books to come are two of many reasons that you'll enjoy this novel.
Cattle ranch owner A.Z. "Zeke" Decker finds himself without a cook and housekeeper when longtime friend Libby decides to retire. Now he's on his own, doing laundry and risking one of the hands to cook temporarily, hoping ...more
This book wasn't her strongest. Not as good as Mr.Perfect, Open Season, or even MacKenzie series but way better than her newest books, Veil of Night, Ice or Burn. That being said, Running Wild was great romance novel. It was nicely written (as we know it, LH is superb writer). Great dialogue with plenty humor. Though the storyline was a standard wom ...more
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. I love both of the these authors and so I was super excited to get started on this one.
Carlin ( named after the comedian - George Carlin) has major problems. She is being stalked by a guy she dated briefly. This guy is going to kill her when he finds her, so she has to lay really low . ...more
Linda S. Howington is an American best-selling romance author writing under the pseudonym Linda Howard. After 21 years of penning stories for her own enjoyment, she submitted a novel for publication which was very successful. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance ...more
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With a quick, inner shake she gathered herself and cut him off to take her rightful position as lead cart. "I was trying to imagine you as a kid. It was horrifying.”
“Damn,” Walt muttered. “I’m not ever going to say a single bad thing about her cooking.
“Yeah,” Eli muttered in return. “No matter what it is, I’ll eat it or die. Even that cake.”
“More like, eat it and die,” Patrick put in.”