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Running Wild (The Men from Battle Ridge #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,095 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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 housekee

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Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jill

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) 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
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Karla

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
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Kathleen
3.75 stars, possibly 4. An enjoyable contemporary western romance, with some suspense. Quite a pleasant read, if a little disappointing. I loved the characters and the western setting, but there was not enough of that wonderful high-octane suspense I have grown to expect from Linda Howard. (I am not familiar with the co-author.)

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
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Jacqueline
This book was a good enough read but I don't think it's going to be a reread. I am fond of the woman on the run set up but somehow it wasn't all that interesting here. I think because her reaction seemed extreme for what had happened. Yes the other girl getting killed was bad but her running off the grid and always moving on would have made more sense if he was shown continually finding her. Because otherwise hunkering down on the ranch where there was little possibility that she would be found ...more
Lisa Kay
★★★★✩ The audio is wonderfully narrated by Maggie Wheeler, and she certainly kicks it up a notch. Nothing terrible new here, but done so much better than when attempted by other authors. Also, I did really like one thrilling scene (you'll know where you get there). Very enjoyable - and satisfying!
Tracey
This is a gentle read, a very pleasant read at that - we have Carlin who is on the run from a nasty stalker, she is terrified and has all her guards up, she may be on guard but still has a smart mouth on her. She drives into a small town in Wyoming and takes a break in the local cafe/diner, luckily she lands on her feet and is offered some temporary work in the diner.

Zeke, the rough but handsome cowboy that owns a ranch and works hard running it, when his housekeeper ups and leaves he is forced
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Tina "coffee and books"
Running Wild: The Men From Battleridge by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a must read! I mean seriously read it now, well finish my review first and then go buy this book!

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
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Ian
I'm not entirely sure who wrote this book, the Kindle version I received from the publisher had the author as Linda Howard and Linda Jones. I have no idea what part they each played in this book, but whatever they did, it worked.

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
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D.B. Reynolds
Linda Howard is one of my favorite authors,but I was unsure about reading Running Wild,because too often in joint titles like this, the bestselling author's name is on the cover, but she hasn't done any of the writing. Either that wasn't the case with this book, or Linda Jones is every bit as good as Linda Howard, because I. Loved. This. Book. Carlin Reed is tough and determined, on the run from a dangerous stalker/ex-boyfriend. She's vulnerable and scared, but keeps it all on the inside, and sh ...more
Pamela(AllHoney)
Runing Wild is the first book in Linda Howard and Linda Jones' new series The Men from Battle Ridge. Carlin Reed is on the run from a stalker. She ends up in Battle Ridge, Wyoming, and decides to stay for a bit. She accepts a position as housekeeper/cook for Zeke Decker. Meanwhile, her stalker is on the prowl and searching for her relentlessly.

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
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Ren
With thanks to Netgalley and Random House to provide the e-ARC

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
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Saly
Just to be clear, I am not sure this book will be everyone's cup of tea because the romance truly does take a lot of time to get going so we get to read about the heroine doing her chores, the hero doing his work etc etc. The heroine is on the run from a man she dated twice, he being a cop made things difficult and he escalated killing her friend thinking it was the heroine, so now she is truly off the grid, doing whatever jobs she can. The hero's cousin gets the heroine a job with the hero who ...more
Dianne
In this really great opening book into a new series, you will get to meet the feisty, smart and scared Carlin Reed. And, yes she was named after George Carlin! She is being stalked by someone nobody would ever expect it of, and her stalker has already killed one person that Carlin cares about. Now she is on the run.

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
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Jenn Scranton
First of all, I have yet to meet a cowboy that I did not like!

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!
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Some may see Carlin as flighty and flaky, but given the situation I feel it is justified. She is strong
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Mandi Schreiner
I’m not huge on romantic suspense stories that involve stalkers. They frustrate me because I feel like either the stalker isn’t really a viable threat or the heroine doesn’t take her safety seriously, making me roll my eyes. So when this story started, I braced for frustration, instead I was impressed with the stalker and the story overall.

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
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Sarah WebbiegrrlWriter
May 15, 2013 Sarah WebbiegrrlWriter rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Linda Howard fans or any romantic suspense fans
Recommended to Sarah by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers List
Shelves: lter, romance, review-done
My Rating: 3½ stars out of 5
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.

My review:
First of all, I enjoyed the book for what it was. I didn't lower the rati
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Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Good start to a new series from the two Linda's. The series is set in a small Wyoming town with a likable cast of a characters.

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
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Pat
Running Wild...... By Linda Howard and Linda Jones.
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
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Bukcrz
Yay! Linda Howard is a hit and miss author for me. I am surprised this one turned out to be a hit. The plot is an overused one with a woman running scared from a stalker. This book is still full of long monologues with repeated subjects - like most LH's book - but it's the characters that made me stick to the story to the end.
Carlin's pull for me is that her strong character did not diminished her femininity. She's a smart mouth but to her credit she knew when to bit her tongue. Her strong chara
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Holly
I've been disappointed in most of Howard's recent releases. Though this isn't in the same league as some of her old favorites - Heart of Fire, etc - it was a major improvement over her other recent books.

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.
Beth
If you love Linda Howard you will be disappointed in this book. It rambles on and is so dumb in places that I am having a hard time finishing it. The plot had such good possibilities but keeps letting me down! I will not be able to read any more of this series.
Heather
Thanks to the publisher, Random House Publishing Group, and NetGalley for the chance to read this early!

I really enjoyed this story; the characters are both interesting and entertaining. These two authors have collaborated to create another warm, satisfying and quick read with two appealing lead characters that are just trying to muddle through…with no expectation of a HEA. Battle Ridge, a small town, is the perfect place for Carlin to take a temporary break…earn a little cash. She takes a part-
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Marleen
The way I see it, teaming up with Linda Jones was a smart move on Linda Howard’s part. I had actually given up on this author a while ago after finding her work becoming too generic and unoriginal. I got curious reading the synopsis of Running Wild: a contemporary western romance in snowy Wyoming – who could resist? It turns out this was a read I liked. It might’ve been a little bit less repetitive on Carlin’s side, the female lead, on the run from a stalker, but boy-oh-boy, the portrayal of Zek ...more
Debbie
Needing someplace to hide for the winter, Carlin Reed found a remote town and a private ranch to help out at. Zeke Decker wasn't wanting another woman in his life, after his housekeeper/cook left he wanted to hire an older woman or better yet a man for the job. Not finding anyone to fit the bill but becoming desperate, he decided to give her a chance. Only wanting to keep her head down and save enough money to survive when she has to move on, she was not looking for any connection that could end ...more
Dorine
Rated 4.5 - Also posted at my blog, the TBR Mountain Range ~ Come for a visit :)

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
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Noelle
This one was a little slow at the beginning but then it starts to pick up.

Carlin (h) is on the run. She had went on two dates with Brad and new that there was something not right with him and called it quits. He however had other thoughts and became her stalker. She didn't really know how serious that Brad was until he killed her friend when she had borrowed her rain coat, now she takes no chances and she keeps moving. As she pulls into Battle Ridge, a little town in Wyoming, she only plans on s
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Lily (Lily Pond Reads)
I got this book for free through goodreads first reads

Ever since her creepy stalker took over her life and drove her into fear, Carlin Reed has been on the run, keeping off grid and moving from one town to the next. In months she has never found herself stationary in a place she could call home. Stumbling into Battle Ridge, Wyoming, never did she expect to get a job. After becoming a cook and a housekeeper to a cattle rancher Zeke Decker, she shouldn't have taken his cousin Kat's warning about c
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Anita Fleming
Been there - done that. The plot is an old, tried and true one. The execution is good, if plodding at some points. I found myself wishing the ex-boyfriend would reappear just to move things along. Not the best LH I have read, but a good romantic suspense anyway.

Carlin is on the run from a stalker, cop, murderer, ex-boyfriend. But since she only dated him twice, can he really be called a boyfriend? Anyway, she finds herself in a little diner in the middle of nowhere and takes a job at the diner i
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Has
Full Review to be posted soon:

Quick thoughts and mini review -

This is the second book written by Linda Howard and Linda Jones who I have both enjoyed their books in the past. Although with Howard, her recent stuff hasn't lived up to the promise of her older books and have been disappointing, but Running Wild showed elements of her classic tone and humour.
However while I enjoyed the glimpses of humour, snark and the sparring between Carlin and Zeke, there was something missing.

I was also not keen
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Adis
Linda Howard is my favorite author and I've been waiting for her new installment. Was the waiting worth? Given my rating is 3.5 stars, I guess maybe.

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
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Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe
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