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Arizona Wild

(Mojo #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,808 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Starting over has never looked so good

Mojo Sheepshanks knows a thing or two about new beginnings. After a long-ago tragedy she's never fully remembered and a childhood spent moving from place to place, she's making a home in the small town of Cave Creek, Arizona, and finally taking charge of her future. But Tucker Darroch, a sexy cop with baggage of his own, keeps com
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2016 by HQN Books (first published November 1st 2006)
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Linda Strong
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is a re-read for me. I first read this book about 5 or 6 years ago, along with Book 2 in the series.

Mojo Sheepshanks is quite a character. Her backstory is most interesting .. she survived a trauma when she was very young and was abducted by her babysitter. Mojo named herself. She also has a gift of sorts ... she sees her dead ex-husband and Chester, the cat, who died over 20 years ago.

She lives above a bar, and files medical claims to pay the bills. Mojo really has
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very different from what LLM usually writes but in a good way. I admit this book was slow in the beginning and I almost DNF it. I hung in there and got sucked up in the story, as well as the characters. It was sorta a cross between Stephanie Plum meets The Ghost Whisperer. Mystery, romance, suspense, a touch of paranormal, and lots of humor. On to #2
Good book with a slightly slow start as all the characters get introduced. The book is categorized as a romance, but I feel it is more a romantic suspense, with more emphasis on the suspense than the romance. Still, I really enjoyed it. Mojo is trying to get her life together again. She is currently living above a biker bar and eking out a living doing medical billing from her home. Her divorce from her cheating, now dead, ex-husband Nick left her with a lot of debt that she's still paying off, ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first novel by Linda Lael Miller. Up until recently I never read anything with a western theme and L. L. Miller writes many contemporary and historical western themed romances. The cover of this novel would suggest this book was also western themed. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover.
Deadly Gamble is a contemporary romantic suspense novel.
Mojo Sheepshanks, has a lot going on in her life. She witnessed her parents being murdered when she was five. She has no memory of what h
Jane Doe
First this is not a romance suspense story. It reminded me of 1st Grave on the Left only not nearly as good. Way to many things going on. The flow was confusing and seriously how many guys does one women need that have wacko ex's. The ending was a cliffhanger about the relationship that was supposed to be romantic. I might read the next one....but probably not. I have heard so many great things about this author so I will try some of her other series.
This book is just one of those entertaining reads. It's got doses of good humor, and a plot that leaves you guessing (although I guessed right thank you) until the end. It is the story of Mojoe Sheepshanks, a name that is good enough to recommend the book on, a woman who's knowledge base is formed by 'damn fool's guides' books. She is a quirky character who lives in a cast of similarly quirky people. Mojoe's start is more tragic than commic as we learn early in the book she witnessed the violent ...more
Ann Marie
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Edgy, fast read. Mojo Sheepshanks seems like an everyday train wreck. Her half brother admitted to murdering her parents when she was five. Her babysitter abducted her to keep her safe. Her cop boyfriend relationship is on and off. Surprising and full of roller coaster raw emotion. I picked up the sequel right after I finished this. I couldn't wait to see where Mojo's story goes.
Marie Paul
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. It has suspense, humor, mystery all in one. It literally had me laughing out loud and turning pages furiously to find out what happened next. It all takes place in my home state as well so it was very easy to relate.
I may have been biased about this book from the start- and I am guilty of judging a book by its cover. I thought I would get a romance novel with a side of crime mystery, but I got a crime mystery with a (too small) side of romance.

Also with all the focus of the title and the description on the back cover on the setting being a small town in Arizona, I expected more the story to incorporate more aspects of living life in small town Arizona.

What bugged me the most though w
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I actually kind of liked this book... my issue is the cop with all the baggage. I don’t like that. I don’t want him to be the love interest
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Abandoned at 50%. I just could not get into it.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great thriller
Pj Ausdenmore
In DEADLY GAMBLE, Miller introduces us to Mojo Sheepshanks. Mojo is a young woman who is an intriguing blend of tough, independent, stubborn and vulnerable with a bit of rebel thrown in, a perfect fit for modern day Arizona. At the age of five she witnessed the brutal murder of her parents, which she has blocked from memory. She was kidnapped by her babysitter, Lillian, who feared for her safety. She was given a new name, Mojo Sheepshanks, and spent her life moving from one town to the next with ...more
Christina T
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Having been a fan of paranormal for many years I have read tons of vampire/werewolf type books and although many are so wonderful they tend to spend all eternity on my keeper shelf I tend to have a soft spot in my heart for other types of paranormal books. The ones that center around some sort of psychic activity really intrigues me. I admit, I love shows like Medium and The Ghost Whisperer and reading books along the same lines is just right up my alley.

Mojo Sheepshanks wakes up one
Carol Malone
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s no story teller quit like Linda Lael Miller and she’s at the top of her game with the Mojo Sheepshanks series. I sure hope she continues with a third novel soon—I’m dying here. And that’s the perfect tie into this wonderful story. Mojo, through a set of very unfortunate circumstances has come to reside above a biker bar in a small town in Arizona. She can’t remember her brutal childhood where she witnessed an unspeakable crime committed on her parents. But she does remember being spirite ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So if you can get through the first half of this book you are golden. In my opinion the first half is awful. The main character has an infuriating personality. She throws fits about little things and she doesn’t know how to deal with the truth. I just wanted to say, “Mojo, you are not a child, stop throwing temper tantrums. If you don’t want to be a billing clerk then do something about it, but you don’t have a knack for being a private investigator .So quit talking about it like that was yo ...more
Mar 27, 2008 marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: author I like
After peaking at the end of this book, and the end of book 2, I decided to put this series on hold for now. When I read romance, I want an HEA and so far, this series doesn't have it. The relationship still appears to be unsettle when book 2 ends. I don't really feel like reading something like that right now. Plus, first-person stories (romances) drive me nuts. And on top of that, from what I can tell, these books are told solely from the heroine's POV. I hate that! It makes me feel so disconne ...more
Teresa Snyder
I'm really disappointed. Based on reviews and the author stating Mojo was her favorite character, I expected this to be the best book. Ever. Not even close! As far as mystery and suspense, I figured out the bad guy early in the book. As far as romance, it's almost nonexistent! I don't much care for Mojo, and I don't particularly care for Tucker and his beyond odd family life - ex-wife and twins. The books ending was HORRIBLE! It certainly wasn't a happily-ever-after ending.

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Better than expected mystery. Woman wakes up to find the ghost of her husband in bed with her. That in itself is enough the capture the imagination. Mojo Sheepshanks is a fun character, as are her dead husband, her current boyfriend, her crazy sisters, and an assortment of people who seem to be trying to kill her. The fact that Mojo can't remember a lot about her childhood before the point where her parents were murdered sets up a tale of rediscovery for Mojo and an introduction to Mojo's world ...more
If Stephanie Plum had a western sister, she would be Mojo Sheepshanks, sans stable loving family. This is a sassy romp of mystery, psychic visions, romance, and family disfunction. Mojo has been down on her luck her entire mysterious life and it all coalesces when her dead ex shows up in her bedroom. Fun read.
Mrs. Garen L. Herd
Good read

Mystery, funny, sad, a little sex. Our heroine doesn't remember her parents' murder.....she was only 5. Her half brother confessed, served his time, and is now out for revenge. Our hero says he's a cop, but is he? Problems abound with everyone involved. Highly recommend.l
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of LLM's more different writing styles. The normal endless romance aspects are not as featured in this novel. There's a few chapters that touch on Mojo's relationship with Tucker, but it's not overwhelming.

I really like that she incorporates the ghosts into the novel. It's corny but not at the same time.

I will be reading book two at some point.
Gwen Hopkins
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not like ghost stories.

I stuck with this one. The farther I got into the tale the more difficult it was to put down.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her parents were murdered in front of her when she was 5. To protect her from danger, her babysitter took off with her, changing their names. She became Mojo Sheepshank. Along the way they also "adopted" her sister Greer. Then "Lillian" married Hank and Jolie became another "sister. Now Mojo rents an apartment above a biker bar and does medical billing to support herself and Lillian is in a nursing. Suddenly, her dead ex-husband, Nick, appears needing her forgiveness for having been unfaithful t ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was very different than all of the Linda Lael Miller books I have read in the past and I am absolutely in love! This books has a little bit of everything; romance, suspense, mystery and paranormal elements! The characters are fun and interesting, with backstories so outrageous they are almost believable. This book had me laughing out loud in public and furiously flipping pages to find out what was going to happen next! There is so much going on in this book, but Miller was able to wrap ...more
Virginia Muñoz
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good plot line, thought the story was creative. Mojo's flashbacks always added a curveball into the story and took it off into a direction you weren't expecting. I'm usually able to correctly guess who the "bad guy" is, but this story had me guessing and then second guessing. The added element of the ex husband and the cat into the story added a nice variety to the mix and good segue to another book.
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tucker and Mojo - 1st book in series. I guess I read the 2nd book first. This series definitely is reminiscent of janet evanovich with ghosts. This one starts off extremely slow — i almost put it down. But finally it picks up and never lets up. Mojo is a train wreck. One incident after another. Her and tucker’s relationship seems to be on-again/off-again. I liked their interaction and felt their attraction but it was too sporadic.
Glenda L Slinger
Very interesting, would read another book like this.

A good book for those lonesome nights. Nick is quite imaginative.
Anything Linda Lael Miller writes is good reading and interesting.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Story includes mystery, humor, family, ghosts and small amount of romance. Mojo is an endearing fumbling character, who manages to make you want to go on a journey with her because you never know where it's going to take you.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good and suspenseful novel. Kept me wondering right up until the bad guy was revealed as to who really WAS the bad guy. Clean and clear writing; no mistakes that I saw. Would be interested in reading more by this author.
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The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a spacious property ...more

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