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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...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
Please let this be awesome.
So it wasn't awesome like After the Night, Kill and Tell, Dream Man, or Now You See Her. But it was a 100 times better than the Alive story or the Ice Storm with bear POV.
Carlin Reed is on the run from a guy who became obsessed with her. The stalker was the weakest component of the story and I wished we hadn't seen his POV because I felt like he was a caricature. It wasn't until the end that I felt he was genuinely portrayed. But, far better than the Bear POV, so I s...more
Zeke Decker wanted a grumpy cook of the male persuasion because the last two women caused trouble with the hands or watched to much TV. But he's desperate — his men need more than cereal...more
The book has three main narrators: Carlin (she narrates a big part of the book), Zeke (the cowboy and Carlin's employer) and Brad...more
Don’t you love it when you finish a book and it leaves you satisfied that it was such a good story? That is what I got when I finished reading Running Wild: The Men of Battle Ridge by Linda Howard and Linda Jones. Written by two wonderful romance writers I didn’t get your typical girl on the run story but a well written entertaining story. There was good dialogue, funny moments and likeable characters with all the elements to make an...more
Now Carlin in trying to live off the grid. She is travelling f...more
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 rati...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
For suspense romance, there are only two authors who I love, J.D. Robb and Linda Howard. To be honest, I don't know Linda Jones works yet...more
I really liked the story of Carlin’s name, along with that of her siblings, and her sarcastic whit when she let it out. Having learned some serious skills on the run, I loved it when Zeke needed help and Carlin laid out what she needed and did...more
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...more
Carlin Reed has been on the run, afraid to settle in any one place, but knows she must stop long enough...more
The Men from Battle Ridge Book One
By Linda Howard and Linda Winstead Jones
Carlin Reed is on the run, after two dates with a seemingly harmless man he soon becomes obsessed and begins stalking her. One day Carlin is in hiding when her stalker catches up with her and kills a woman who had borrowed her red rain coat sending Carlin on the run once again. This time she lands in Wyoming and what she finds there is more than just a place to lay low but a family amongst the ranch hands and m...more
Loved the Wyoming setting. I don't know why I don't read more western romance! It fixes the main problem I find with a lot of contemporary romance, which is that I am not removed enough from the setting. Unless it's humorous (hello, Jennifer Crusie!) or sports (mmm) it's too much like boring old rea...more
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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...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.”