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River Wild

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  6,652 ratings  ·  748 reviews
A new town. A new identity. Pregnant and alone.
And far away from a past that can never find me.

River Wild.
Moody. Sullen. Jerk.
And my new neighbor.

I have no interest in befriending River. And he definitely doesn’t want to be befriended by me.

Then, he helps me rescue an abandoned dog. And, that day, I see something in his eyes that reflects back in my own. Sadness. Pain. L
ebook, 301 pages
Published January 12th 2019
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This book is going down as my first favourite read of 2019! I was so touched by River and Carrie’s friendship... and then slowly their romance! There is a warning at the start of the book for triggers, and I would absolutely take them seriously. What both River and Carrie have lived through isn’t pretty at all. My heart bled for them... but to see them take their lives back... it was inspiring!!!

If you love a slow burn romance, this story will fill your need for that! I also adored the way these
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Love is like a river, never ending as it flows but gets greater with time.

Once I picked this book up, there was no putting it down until I got to the end. RIVER WILD starts off with some very painful subject matter, and the author does add a note at the beginning of the book, warning that the situations in her story can be triggers for some readers. Know this going in! But, I have to say this story was beautiful and it would be a shame for a
 Nayeli ღ
⭐ 5 stars ⭐

"Love is like a river, never ending as it flows but gets greater with time."

♫ S o n g s ♫:
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Nothing's Gonna Hurt You Baby - Cigarettes After Sex
Give - You Me At Six

This time I don't know what to say because this book was ✨amazing✨ in every way.

River Wild was a beautiful and heartbreaking story that shows how two people (no matter how damaged and broken they are) can fall in love. As we know, life is not easy, but for Carrie and Wild? Damn, life has b
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❝ Sometimes, I feel like he's the other half of my soul. The part I was missing but didn't realise until the day when I looked into his eyes and saw him. The real him.❞

Amazon ➼

’RIVER WILD’ Is a full length ‘romance’ novel by author ‘Samantha Towle’ Spoken in Dual Perspectives.

The ’Prologue’ had my attention from the get go, it literally started off with a bang, my heart stopped, it cracked in half, as we meet a wee boy named River at the age of eigh
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
3.75 stars

Despite the dark themes in the book, this was really sweet?
I really liked both Carrie and River’s relationship and how it developed from enemies to friends to lovers. I loved watching them grow to love each other. I loved how despite his rough exterior, River was actually really sweet and caring. I loved how he would do things for Carrie and help her and just being there for her. Carrie was such a sweet strong woman. Those two were just so good for each other. Despite their traumatic
ren ♡
Sometimes, I feel like he's the other half of my soul. The part I was missing but I didn't realize until that day when I looked into this eyes and saw him. The real him.

River Wild was my fourth Samantha Towle book and I’m happy to say that I've enjoyed most of her books so far. For some reason, I'm always drawn to books about women being on the run from an abusive ex, so I knew I had to read this one! And I’m so glad I did because this was everything I was in the mood for! It had m
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Carrie Ford is a 25 yr. old woman who grew up in foster care, and has spent the last seven years living in what felt like a nightmare. Pregnant and alone she’s running to freedom and from a past she hopes never finds her. She hops on a bus and walks away leaving her old self behind for a fresh start. She changes her name and disappears. She now has a new identity, and lives in a new town, in a new home. This includes a rude, grumpy new neighbor named River W
Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

this was suuwweetttt and pretty straightforward. the hero was one of those who appeared cold, was the towns recluse and rough around the edges, but he did stuff for the heroine that made the butterflies in your stomach singgg and did a jiggle dance.

witnessing their relationship bloom was like watching the turning of the seasons lol. things outside the romance were contrived, but who cares i liked this. pregnant h, rude grumpy H, slow burn, next door neighbor to friends to lovers goodne
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF @70%

Sadly River Wild wasn’t the book for me. The blurb looked promising so I’m disappointed I had to DNF. I tried so hard but there’s a disconnect between me and the characters. Carrie and River slowly becomes friends and even still I felt a lack of chemistry. They were just neighbors who chatted when they met. Maybe it has something to do with the writing. I felt that a lot of Carrie’s chapters were spent inside of her head so I didn’t get that connection I wanted her to have with River and
Samantha Towle
Nov 30, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Alex ♈
3.75 stars

Both MCs were survivors and I liked this side of the story.
Their pasts were tragic and I respected them for fighting back.

However and IMO the romance between them was slightly underdeveloped. He behaved like an ass for the most time and she killed him with her kindness.
The dog Buddy was adorable!

The subplot with group of vigilantes was brilliant; I wish they told us more.

What about Sadie and Marcus as the next couple? ;-)
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
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NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***5 “You mother-fudging son of a C-U-Next-Tuesday!!!” stars***

Monsters lurk in plain sight.
They wear ordinary clothes.
Have ordinary faces.
Work ordinary jobs.
Live ordinary lives.
But the monster is always there.
Lying in wait, beneath its ordinary skin.
Waiting for its moment.
And when its moment comes.
And it breaks free.
You won't see it coming.
But I will.
And I'll be ready.
{River Wild}

WOW!!!! Just WOW!!!! What a book!!!
I went into this one blinly and it blew my mind with the angst and so ma
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I'm strangely drawn to stories about hs that are in the run from abusive relationships, so when I saw this one I felt like I had to jump in (and if anyone has any recommendations for those type of stories -- I'm all ears!). Overall, I think it was an enjoyable read about two severely damaged characters that find peace and live in each other. I had major issues with the pacing though. The big conflict was presented super late (view spoiler) and then (k
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Audio...5 stars
Story...4 stars

If not for the rushed and anticlimactic ending, this would have been a 5 star read. But the book still gets a spot in my favorites. 😍
Wow what a book!!

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This was amazing. I couldn't put down I read it in one sitting. I'm not a quick reader but I was hooked from the start I just had to know what was goin to happen. It started of with a bang literally. The story was so good it's a lil different to the stories this author normally does but god it was brilliant and written so well. The characters are amazing both River and Carrie's story are the same but so different at the same time. They have both had to deal with crappy situa
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
3.5 Stars

Domestic abuse and child abuse are not easy topics. When both are combined in a story, emotions run deep and heavy.

Carrie had to escape her life from an abusive husband when she finds herself pregnant. She assumes a new name and ends up in Texas. Her neighbor is cranky, rude and just so happens to be very handsome. But he has a secret too, River Wild is a survivor of child abuse except he’s not really surviving, he’s drowning. They are complete opposites, she is sweet and kind and he i
Julia ✿
~ 𝟯 ✧
❝Yeah, River Wild. Your new neighbor. Hot as Hades. Crazy as Kanye. And as mean as Regina.❞


𝒟𝐼𝒮𝒞𝐿𝒜𝐼𝑀𝐸𝑅 ▸//▸ i'm going to be honest with you guys. . . i don't - well. . . i don't fully remember this book. and what i mean by that is, i read this book in May, moved on, and haven't thought much about it since. 

that said, i wrote ReviewToCome, and gosh darn it, a review shall appear. so, please bare with me if my re
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, upper-2-stars
(2.5) dnf @ 65%💡
sorry y’all who loves this,

i just couldn’t connect w/ any of the characters

i think it might be the writing,

though there’s nothin’ wrong w/ it

but objectively this was good

so i’d still recommend this if u’re interested

i’m the odd one out 🧩
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I am not a stranger to miss Towle works. She is one of my favorite author. When i read the blurp for River Wild, i am expecting a dark gritty, full of angst that kind of story.

However i found it short of my expectatation. The beginning of the book is promising. All of that heart breaking past for both characters. Then 30% toward the book, it becomes downhill.

The abuse topic is kept minimum and when the relationship between River and Carrie progress into romance, it was short and rush. No roman
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
I don’t like it when I’m average and give books the same rating as everyone but what can I say, this book was good and people liked this one for a reason.

Both the H and h had a tough background but them coming together was a sweet story. I won’t give it 5 stars because I think the author could have gone deeper in their feelings and darker in the situations and sometimes I felt like she tiptoed around some situations, but that might be because I’m starting to like dark novels and this one didn’t
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
It was an ok read. MCs were good people, they respect and support each other. But there was no spark, no chemistry and except for the few angsty moments their interactions felt childish, specially when they were trying to be playful.
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars ✨
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5-4 ⭐'s

I like that Samantha Towle took a risk and wrote outside a lot of people's comfort zones because by doing that, she brought together two people that just fit.

River and Carrie both have survived some awful things and each has taken on a different outlook on life. It takes Carrie coming into River's life for him to take notice...and make some necessary changes.

I loved how River was so entranced with Carrie's pregnancy...he never once shied away from anything. The car scene was hella cr
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Carrie used to be Annie. She changed her name after she finally left her abusive husband and fled to Texas.

Pregnant and alone, but finally happy and safe, she's starting a new life.

But there's her annoying new neighbor River. Grrrr. He's so rude and unkind and ... sexy as hell.

But she's not just escaped from one horrible relationship to start another one with this guy.

But he's so ... sexy and ... ☺ Turns out he can be nice too .....

River is still living in his hometown. He hates everyone. People
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Okay, I was not prepared for this book to break my heart like it did. This story hits on a very tough subject, but then it shows us the aftermath of hard situations like that. River and Carrie both come from abusive backgrounds, and even though Carrie is the only one that physically left, they're both running away from those painful memories. Finding each other was fate and throughout their friendship they were able to grow and make a pretty great future.

River is a
Dec 01, 2018 marked it as not-interested
The first 4 sentences were enough to dismiss this book. I didn’t even read the rest of blurb
Thank you, next( Ariana Grande song) 😂
Candace Tidwell
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book contains sensitive material. *** Trigger warning ***
I want to start and say that the prologue of this book completely wrecked me. Not because I have personally experienced any of the events that took place but because I have an 8 year old son. I struggled to finish reading it. Towle mentions at the end that this was one of the most difficult storylines she has written. As a reader it was tough to get through certain parts.
River Wild will break your heart and then it will heal it. Carri
Dilek VT
Jan 15, 2019 marked it as not-appealing
She is pregnant from her husband who abused her. Now, she escapes from him to begin a new life.

I know I may sound heartless and I am sorry but I don't understand women who keep the child of their abuser. Won't they be a "forever reminder" of their abuser? Can't they have children later from a man they love? Isn't a life with the constant risk of her husband finding them and claiming his child more dangerous? What if he finds them and insists that he wants to be in his child's life? With a child
Helen Power
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dark-romance, romance
This book was so good! I’ve read a few other Samantha Towle books, and I knew that I was in for a treat, and this book did not disappoint.
After finding out she is pregnant, Carrie runs away from her abusive husband and moves to a new town in Texas, where the heat is unbearable and her new next door neighbor is even worse. River Wild lives next door to her, and while he’s devastatingly handsome, his insides do not match his outsides. He’s rude. He’s a complete jerk. And he does his best to avoid
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Samantha Towle is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

A native of Hull, she lives in East Yorkshire with her husband, their son and daughter, and three large furbabies.

She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series, The Revved Series, The Wardrobe Series, The Gods Series, and standalones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, U

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