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
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
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
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 ...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
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
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
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'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 ...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.
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- ...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
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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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 ...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.”