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Running Wild (The Men from Battle Ridge #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  3,252 Ratings  ·  343 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

Mass Market Paperback, 367 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 13, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it

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

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
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
I do love me a sexy, protective cowboy, but Carlin was no slouch either. A girl who can fend for herself under dangerous circumstances and still manage to think rationally is the kind of heroine I can get behind!

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.
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! ...more
A surprisingly funny and satisfying modern cowboy romance with some suspense/action thrown in it. I normally can't stand Linda Howard but I loved this. It is co-written with someone named Linda Jones so I am not sure if it is maybe her contributions that I enjoyed the most.

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
Dec 20, 2012 Tracey rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
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
Tina "IRead2Escape"
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
Sep 22, 2016 Emmy rated it liked it

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.
Nov 29, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
D.B. Reynolds
Dec 10, 2012 D.B. Reynolds rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Feb 28, 2013 Saly rated it really liked it
Recommended to Saly by: Jill
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
Nov 11, 2015 D.G. rated it it was ok
**2.5 stars**

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
Jun 18, 2016 -Ya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carlin is running away from a crazy, psychotic cop who happens to be a hacker. He is always on her tail and getting closer no matter what she does or where she goes. Even with this plot line, the novel actually has very little suspense and pretty much lacks intensity compared with Linda Howard’s older RS books. Despite the promising start, a big part of the story is filled with cooking, baking, recipes, laundry, grocery shopping etc. Grrr...lots of chores:( The pace finally picks up around 70% b ...more
Jun 16, 2015 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 Stars

The audiobook really sucks you in.
Jul 15, 2013 Dianne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: galleys-arcs
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
Jenn Scranton
Jan 08, 2013 Jenn Scranton rated it it was amazing
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!

Some may see Carlin as flighty and flaky, but given the situation I feel it is justified. She is strong and only beco
Mandi Schreiner
Nov 27, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it liked it
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
Dec 05, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it
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
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Dec 08, 2012 Cindy ~ SnS Reviews rated it really liked it
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
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.
May 11, 2016 Beth rated it it was ok
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.
Sarah Yoffa
May 15, 2013 Sarah Yoffa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Linda Howard fans or any romantic suspense fans
Recommended to Sarah by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers List
Shelves: romance, review-done, lter
My Rating: 3 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 ratin
May 06, 2013 Dorine rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, western
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
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
Nov 29, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is about as perfect as you can get. Romantic suspense lovers and western romance lovers will love this book!
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 .
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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
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“Damn,” Walt muttered. “I’m not ever going to say a single bad thing about her cooking.
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