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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 housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.
 
Zeke doesn’t challenge Carlin’s terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she’s a woman in trouble. Problem is, he’s so blindsided by his attraction to her he can’t think straight. Zeke tries to stay all business, no complications—but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman.
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I enjoyed this book, there was good dialogue and the plot moved steadily. I did find it a bit predictable, and it did have several of Linda Howard features she includes in books. I would give the second a read, not sure if it will be a buy or borrow though.more
Running Wild – Linda Howard & Linda JonesThe only bad thing I can say, is of course it’s the first in a series….ack! I love Linda Howard so I thought I’d like it and I was right. The back cover tells you it’s a contemporary western romance, so if you aren’t into that, well…try it, you may like it! The book description also goes into detail about the characters Carlin & Zeke.This book made me laugh out loud in places and smirk because you just know its so true. The storytelling was great, I picked it up and read it to the end. I had the time and no inclination to put it down. I liked the people I met and look forward to seeing which ones come back in the following books.more
I got this book for free through goodreads first readsEver 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 cowboys lightly. As the rugged rancher sets her blood boiling, Zeke Decker is a dangerous temptation. Zeke doesn't question Carlin's demands to stay off the grid at first, and he knows come spring the woman will have to move on. Thought he knows she is in danger, he tries to keep things as professional as possible. But the woman occupies his thoughts and sends blood rushing south every time his around her.This book was love. The attraction was there as well as chemistry. It had romantic suspense, a ruggedly sexy cowboy, and a creepy obsessed stalker. Granted, I didn't expect to see the stalkers perspective and could have done without it, but it did tie and blend into the story well. The situation and reactions from Carlin were raw emotions of fear and with that developed her into one amazing character. She didn't jump into stupid incidents because she had a stalker, she was a woman on a mission to survive.The author did a great job with the characters. I loved Zeke, his reaction to Carlin was amusing, their interactions based on the sexual tension crackling between them had me giggling at times. Plus, I loved Spencer, one of the ranch hands – he was kind of sweet at times. I hope the other book in the series will be based on him.I felt bad for Carlin, living in a constant shadow of fear everyday, looking over her shoulder and simply waiting to run. But I did love how their relationship grew through the book before they went jumping into bed together. There was times that Zeke made me aww at how considerate he was. There was other times that the character in the book made me angry for the things they did. Like his disgusting Rancher at the beginning of the book and their old housekeeper. Both overall it was a nice fix for a romance reader that needed something new, different, and amazing read. Looking forward to the next book of the series.more
Storyline flowed very smoothly between the two authors. Fast paced mystery romance that has several surprise problems arise around the main problem, Brad the stalker. Female character, Carlin Reed, is strong and couragous while fighting for her life. The hero is Zeke Decker. He tries to be patient and understanding after he figures out there is a serious problem. Fast paced, worth reading.more
Up until now, Carlin Reed has lived a pretty quiet and ordinary life. That is until she goes out with Brad a couple of times. She can tell he’s bad news, but she didn’t know just how bad until one of her friends ends up dead. Carlin flees and lives under the radar trying not to leave any trail. When she ends up in Battle Ridge and begins to make a new life for herself, she knows she must confront her stalker.Running Wild is the first book in a new series by Linda Howard and Linda Jones and if this is any indication of what’s to come, I can’t wait for the next book.more
The premise of Running Wild is a familiar one: woman running from stalker/killer hides out in small town/farm and is ultimately protected by the initially disbelieving Hero. Fortunately, there are a couple of less typical plot twists, helping this story to develop its own identity. At first, I had reservations about two established authors writing collectively, but no more. The two Linda's write well together, and the reader gets a glimpse into their personal friendship when perusing the recipes at the book's conclusion. I'm not sure I will read their earlier collaboration, Blood Born [a paranormal storyline]; but am definitely committed to any future contemporary collaborations.more
Needing someplace to hide for the winter, Carlin Reed found a remote town and a private ranch to help out at. Zeke Decker wasn't wanting another woman in his life, after his housekeeper/cook left he wanted to hire an older woman or better yet a man for the job. Not finding anyone to fit the bill but becoming desperate, he decided to give her a chance. Only wanting to keep her head down and save enough money to survive when she has to move on, she was not looking for any connection that could end in more tragedy. Realizing that the help of a good honest woman was something he enjoyed made Zeke want to help Carlin whether she wanted it or not. Book 1 ..... A new series by Linda Howard sounds like great idea to me. I really enjoyed these characters and this story. I liked how Linda Howard and Linda Jones took a timid young girl and made her learn fast how to get along and live with everything against her. Not sure how these ladies divided the story or work, but the combination created a really good story and I am eager to see what the next book has and who will be in it, especially who the main characters will bemore
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 is deadly.We meet some of the residents of a small town in Wyoming called Battle Ridge. Kat , the owner and baker of a little diner called The Pie Hole, is known far and wide for her baking skills. Zeke Decker, her cousin and owner of a ranch outside of Battle Ridge has the reputation of being a " love 'em and leave'em cowboy." He is in desperate need of a cook and housekeeper. Carlin makes a random stop in Battle Ridge looking for a meal and a little rest on her quest to a new home and identity. It turns out to be a very beneficial stop, and she becomes Carly.Carly and Zeke have a rocky start to their housekeeper/boss relationship. They learn to get to know each other, one beginning to trust the other, and Carly, finally tells him her secrets. His need to protect her is all consuming.The relationship between Carly and Zeke is so satisfying. They both have pasts and fears they have to conquer, and their journey is sweet and passionate. I enjoyed this novel very much. I have never read one of Ms. Howard's western contemporaries, and I'm looking forward to the next installment of The Men of Battle Ridge. more
When your stalker's a cop, it's hard to get law enforcement to take you seriously. After a co-worker is gunned down in the street while wearing her raincoat, Carlin Reed isn't taking any more chances - surviving means living off the grid, which is what brings her to Battle Ridge, Wyoming. A job as a housekeeper/cook in a remote cattle ranch seems like the perfect out-of-sight hiding place for the winter. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the ranch's owner isn't too hard on the eyes.Zeke Decker's ideal housekeeper would definitely not be female, unattached, attractive, and wearing a comes-with-trouble sign a mile high. But he's in a bind, and beggars can't be choosers.As the nights get colder, the struggle to keep the heat in the kitchen gets harder. But Carlin's leaving in the spring...I'll admit, I was skeptical when I saw that Linda Howard had co-authored this with Linda Jones. Nothing against Jones, but I've found that a fair number of co-authored books end up being uneven and annoyingly choppy in terms of plot. This one was a very pleasant surprise. Carlin and Zeke are entertaining, the descriptions of ranch life are accurate enough not to be distracting, and the happily-ever-after is satisfying. The villain's one-dimensionally evil, but hey, that's what he's there for, after all. Had to laugh at the cover, though - the hunky cowboy showing off his chest would be a blue-tinted ice sculpture pretty darn fast given the weather in most of the book.more
The back of this book says this book is a "steamy" romance between a cowboy and a woman on the run. Steamy?? Not so much. But there was a cowboy and a girl on the run. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. I found the story hard to believe and there wasn't enough of a story between Carlin and Zeke for the relationship to be believable to me. The suspense was good but I felt like there should have been less build up and more action. Of both the steamy and suspense variety.more
I loved Running Wild! In fact I loved it so much I may just reread it (when I can find the time) over again. This was the perfect small town, cowboy romance with a bit of suspense story. The fact that I finished it in one day will tell you that I did not want to put it down!Carlin Reed is running scared and living off the grid. A police officer who she dated twice is after her. He has already killed her friend because he thought it was her. Since the police wouldn’t help her, she is not taking any chances and is trying to going into hiding.After working part time (and under the table) at a small town restaurant, Carly gets a job as a housekeeper and cook on an out of the way ranch owned and managed by Zeke Decker. It takes awhile for Carly to trust him and while they are attracted to each other, they do nothing about it. The romance is a slow simmer as we see their relationship grow through daily life as well as challenges that come into play.Now I am not a big fan of suspense stories but Running Wild has just the perfect amount. It really keeps the plot interesting and yet it wasn’t too over powering. I know I am looking forward to more in this series by this wonderful writing team!more
Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a winner! If you like romantic suspense and contemporary western romance you will love this book!I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. Since I love both these authors, I was really excited to jump into this one.Carlin Reed, (named after the comedian George Carlin), is being stalked by a guy she dated a few times. The next time he finds her he will kill her. So, Carlin travels a lot, never uses her SS or DL or contacts her family. She winds up a long way from Texas, in a small Wyoming community. She gets a job and place to stay from a really good lady named Kat. As it happens, Kat has a cousin named Zeke. When winter comes Kat will not be able to keep Carlin on the payroll, but Zeke is in dire need of a cook and housekeeper. When Zeke's back is up against the wall, he reluctantly gives Carlin the job.Zeke grumbles, growls and huff and puffs a lot in the beginning, but inside he's a big marshmallow. He and Carlin have perfect chemistry. When he finds out the whole story about Carlin, he wants to help her. He teaches her to shoot a gun and self defense tactics. But, what he really wants is for Carly to be able to stop running and live her life normally, even if it means he might lose her.I liked the that the authors brought the issue of stalking back into the spotlight. I can't imagine living my life like that. I also like the descriptions of Wyoming, the details of ranch life, and the adjustment Carlin made learning to take care of the ranch hands.With a set up like this one, I found myself on edge constantly, waiting for the other shoe to drop. The tension and suspense builds and builds. There is a touching tribute or dedication to the late Beverly Barton at the beginning of the book, the recipes Carlin used while cooking for the ranch hands, and a sneak peek at Linda Howard's new book "Shadow Man" at the end of the book.Overall, this book was as near perfect as you can get in this genre. I loved it. Great job ladies!more
This was a great introduction to the Men from Battle Ridge. I enjoyed all of the characters I loved the interplay between Zeke and Carlin. The story line was great and reading this was a pleasure. I like the way the writers interjected the stalkers pov in short bursts through out the book, it heightened the suspense. The only thing I found a bit repetitive was Carlin constantly say how Brad (the stalker) had turned her off men what seemed like a million times. I got that point the first time it was stated. "That was my only frustration. I cannot wait to get the next installment.more
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it had a great story line and did not want to put it down. It had the right amount of suspense and romance with some great characters. I cannot wait until the next one comes out!more
I received a copy of this book through Librar Thing's early reviewers. From the beginning I was swept up into the story and couldn't put it down. I cant wait until the next book in the series!more
Great fast paced plot line with wonderful people. Sexy and sweet and a little bit rough around the edges men fighting for the sassy and smart heroine makes for a good read!more
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 elsewhere.After working for a while for Kat the owner of The Pie Hole here in town, Carlin gets sort of coerced into taking a job for Zeke Decker, a cattle ranch owner who is just walking sex on a stick, if you know what I mean! He is gruff, blustery and the type of guy who wants to fix everything for almost everyone!This was a wonderful romance, but even more importantly, it was a terrific suspense novel. This is something that Linda Howard is known for, and she really worked it. I had trouble seeing just where Ms Jones left her mark, as the writing was so seamless between the two women.Some of the passages got to be a little too much with the inner angst but they were soon bypassed by increasingly suspenseful…well…suspense scenes.Zeke does get around to eventually getting his own way and teaching Carlin just what she needs to know about saving herself if she ever finds herself in need to. And of course she will eventually need to. She makes for a great kick-butt heroine who also knows when to let someone more experienced take over in the kicking butt department.This was written with a tight plot, great, well-rounded characters of different kinds all with their own voices. The scene descriptions where vividly written, the scenery descriptions made you actually see them in your mind. There was even plentiful humor to break up the fear factor. The sexual aspect took quite a while to come up and I appreciated that. I don’t always like a book where the couple has to fall into bed in the 5th chapter. I could actually believe that they took their time and really fell into love instead of it being simply lust disguised to look like love.I loved this book and will be buying the next one in this series, and I will be keeping this on my to –be- re-read shelf!*ARC SUPPLIED BY PUBLISHER*more
In Running Wild we meet Carlin Reed, a woman trying to hide from a stalker in the small, remote community of Battle Ridge, Wyoming. Carlin reluctantly agrees to work for Zeke Decker on his ranch as a cook and housekeeper for Zeke and his employees. A growing attraction develops between Carlin and Zeke. I really enjoyed this book! The plot develops at just the right pace and the characters and their challenges are believable. The reader is given a very good sense of just how hard, yet rewarding, life on a ranch in Wyoming can be. This is a good read for people who enjoy romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. I was given a copy of this book to review from NetGalley.more
Carlin is on the run. After two dates with a guy named Brad, he developed an obsession with her - sneaking into her apartment, following her, making harassing phone calls. When she reported him, she was blown off. He was a local boy and a cop and had made sure no one saw the two of them together. First Carlin runs to Dallas. However, Brad followed her and killed a woman he thought was her because she had lent her friend her raincoat. Now Carlin in trying to live off the grid. She is travelling from town to town to try to get away from Brad. She comes into a small Wyoming town only intending to stop for something to eat and then to move on but she finds a job and and friend Kat. Kat has a cousin who is a rancher who needs a housekeeper but hasn't been able to find one.Carlin thinks Zeke is hot but also really grumpy. She is torn between taking the job and moving on. She decides that an isolated ranch wouldn't be a bad spot to be for the winter. Zeke will pay her in cash and let her build up a nest egg for the next time she has to run. Both are convinced that the job is just temporary and neither one is looking for a relationship. However, as they get to know each other, they come to love each other. But it isn't until the truck she is riding in almost slides off the edge of a mountain in an ice storm the Carlin decides to begin a physical relationship with Zeke. The love scenes are hot and it is easy to see that they are falling in love with each other. But the stalker hasn't forgotten about Carlin.This one has danger, romance and hot cowboys along with a seriously creepy stalker. Fans of romantic suspense will love it.more
Carlin Reed lives in on the moves and in constant fear. As victim of a stalker she can't seem to lose, she has to. So what starts as a quick stop for food in small town Battle Ridge, soon becomes a good place to hide for awhile. After becoming cook and housekeeper to Zeke Decker and his ranch help, the ranch becomes a place she doesn't know if she'll ever be ready to leave behind. Zeke doesn't want Carlin (aka Carly Hunt) on his ranch but he is left without a choice. With no housekeeper and the one ranch hand making an "attempt" to cook out of commission, he is forced to give Carlin a try. He tries to keep to himself but finds his attraction to Carlin more than he ever imagined. And when he finally learns all the details of her past, he pushes her to stop running and stay.When her past catches up to her, will Carlin stay on the run or take a stand and fight for the cowboy she has grown to love?I did enjoy this book. Zeke is a good alpha male - great "protector" for Carlin. They have chemistry and definitely some good "steamy" scenes. The characters were interesting, story was good. Maybe a few parts were a little "over the top" at times (*note - first sex scene, also the descriptive "final" scene with Brad) but not anything that messed the story up. For those looking for a good western, contemporary romance, it's worth reading.I received this ebook in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.more
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I enjoyed this book, there was good dialogue and the plot moved steadily. I did find it a bit predictable, and it did have several of Linda Howard features she includes in books. I would give the second a read, not sure if it will be a buy or borrow though.more
Running Wild – Linda Howard & Linda JonesThe only bad thing I can say, is of course it’s the first in a series….ack! I love Linda Howard so I thought I’d like it and I was right. The back cover tells you it’s a contemporary western romance, so if you aren’t into that, well…try it, you may like it! The book description also goes into detail about the characters Carlin & Zeke.This book made me laugh out loud in places and smirk because you just know its so true. The storytelling was great, I picked it up and read it to the end. I had the time and no inclination to put it down. I liked the people I met and look forward to seeing which ones come back in the following books.more
I got this book for free through goodreads first readsEver 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 cowboys lightly. As the rugged rancher sets her blood boiling, Zeke Decker is a dangerous temptation. Zeke doesn't question Carlin's demands to stay off the grid at first, and he knows come spring the woman will have to move on. Thought he knows she is in danger, he tries to keep things as professional as possible. But the woman occupies his thoughts and sends blood rushing south every time his around her.This book was love. The attraction was there as well as chemistry. It had romantic suspense, a ruggedly sexy cowboy, and a creepy obsessed stalker. Granted, I didn't expect to see the stalkers perspective and could have done without it, but it did tie and blend into the story well. The situation and reactions from Carlin were raw emotions of fear and with that developed her into one amazing character. She didn't jump into stupid incidents because she had a stalker, she was a woman on a mission to survive.The author did a great job with the characters. I loved Zeke, his reaction to Carlin was amusing, their interactions based on the sexual tension crackling between them had me giggling at times. Plus, I loved Spencer, one of the ranch hands – he was kind of sweet at times. I hope the other book in the series will be based on him.I felt bad for Carlin, living in a constant shadow of fear everyday, looking over her shoulder and simply waiting to run. But I did love how their relationship grew through the book before they went jumping into bed together. There was times that Zeke made me aww at how considerate he was. There was other times that the character in the book made me angry for the things they did. Like his disgusting Rancher at the beginning of the book and their old housekeeper. Both overall it was a nice fix for a romance reader that needed something new, different, and amazing read. Looking forward to the next book of the series.more
Storyline flowed very smoothly between the two authors. Fast paced mystery romance that has several surprise problems arise around the main problem, Brad the stalker. Female character, Carlin Reed, is strong and couragous while fighting for her life. The hero is Zeke Decker. He tries to be patient and understanding after he figures out there is a serious problem. Fast paced, worth reading.more
Up until now, Carlin Reed has lived a pretty quiet and ordinary life. That is until she goes out with Brad a couple of times. She can tell he’s bad news, but she didn’t know just how bad until one of her friends ends up dead. Carlin flees and lives under the radar trying not to leave any trail. When she ends up in Battle Ridge and begins to make a new life for herself, she knows she must confront her stalker.Running Wild is the first book in a new series by Linda Howard and Linda Jones and if this is any indication of what’s to come, I can’t wait for the next book.more
The premise of Running Wild is a familiar one: woman running from stalker/killer hides out in small town/farm and is ultimately protected by the initially disbelieving Hero. Fortunately, there are a couple of less typical plot twists, helping this story to develop its own identity. At first, I had reservations about two established authors writing collectively, but no more. The two Linda's write well together, and the reader gets a glimpse into their personal friendship when perusing the recipes at the book's conclusion. I'm not sure I will read their earlier collaboration, Blood Born [a paranormal storyline]; but am definitely committed to any future contemporary collaborations.more
Needing someplace to hide for the winter, Carlin Reed found a remote town and a private ranch to help out at. Zeke Decker wasn't wanting another woman in his life, after his housekeeper/cook left he wanted to hire an older woman or better yet a man for the job. Not finding anyone to fit the bill but becoming desperate, he decided to give her a chance. Only wanting to keep her head down and save enough money to survive when she has to move on, she was not looking for any connection that could end in more tragedy. Realizing that the help of a good honest woman was something he enjoyed made Zeke want to help Carlin whether she wanted it or not. Book 1 ..... A new series by Linda Howard sounds like great idea to me. I really enjoyed these characters and this story. I liked how Linda Howard and Linda Jones took a timid young girl and made her learn fast how to get along and live with everything against her. Not sure how these ladies divided the story or work, but the combination created a really good story and I am eager to see what the next book has and who will be in it, especially who the main characters will bemore
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 is deadly.We meet some of the residents of a small town in Wyoming called Battle Ridge. Kat , the owner and baker of a little diner called The Pie Hole, is known far and wide for her baking skills. Zeke Decker, her cousin and owner of a ranch outside of Battle Ridge has the reputation of being a " love 'em and leave'em cowboy." He is in desperate need of a cook and housekeeper. Carlin makes a random stop in Battle Ridge looking for a meal and a little rest on her quest to a new home and identity. It turns out to be a very beneficial stop, and she becomes Carly.Carly and Zeke have a rocky start to their housekeeper/boss relationship. They learn to get to know each other, one beginning to trust the other, and Carly, finally tells him her secrets. His need to protect her is all consuming.The relationship between Carly and Zeke is so satisfying. They both have pasts and fears they have to conquer, and their journey is sweet and passionate. I enjoyed this novel very much. I have never read one of Ms. Howard's western contemporaries, and I'm looking forward to the next installment of The Men of Battle Ridge. more
When your stalker's a cop, it's hard to get law enforcement to take you seriously. After a co-worker is gunned down in the street while wearing her raincoat, Carlin Reed isn't taking any more chances - surviving means living off the grid, which is what brings her to Battle Ridge, Wyoming. A job as a housekeeper/cook in a remote cattle ranch seems like the perfect out-of-sight hiding place for the winter. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the ranch's owner isn't too hard on the eyes.Zeke Decker's ideal housekeeper would definitely not be female, unattached, attractive, and wearing a comes-with-trouble sign a mile high. But he's in a bind, and beggars can't be choosers.As the nights get colder, the struggle to keep the heat in the kitchen gets harder. But Carlin's leaving in the spring...I'll admit, I was skeptical when I saw that Linda Howard had co-authored this with Linda Jones. Nothing against Jones, but I've found that a fair number of co-authored books end up being uneven and annoyingly choppy in terms of plot. This one was a very pleasant surprise. Carlin and Zeke are entertaining, the descriptions of ranch life are accurate enough not to be distracting, and the happily-ever-after is satisfying. The villain's one-dimensionally evil, but hey, that's what he's there for, after all. Had to laugh at the cover, though - the hunky cowboy showing off his chest would be a blue-tinted ice sculpture pretty darn fast given the weather in most of the book.more
The back of this book says this book is a "steamy" romance between a cowboy and a woman on the run. Steamy?? Not so much. But there was a cowboy and a girl on the run. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love it either. I found the story hard to believe and there wasn't enough of a story between Carlin and Zeke for the relationship to be believable to me. The suspense was good but I felt like there should have been less build up and more action. Of both the steamy and suspense variety.more
I loved Running Wild! In fact I loved it so much I may just reread it (when I can find the time) over again. This was the perfect small town, cowboy romance with a bit of suspense story. The fact that I finished it in one day will tell you that I did not want to put it down!Carlin Reed is running scared and living off the grid. A police officer who she dated twice is after her. He has already killed her friend because he thought it was her. Since the police wouldn’t help her, she is not taking any chances and is trying to going into hiding.After working part time (and under the table) at a small town restaurant, Carly gets a job as a housekeeper and cook on an out of the way ranch owned and managed by Zeke Decker. It takes awhile for Carly to trust him and while they are attracted to each other, they do nothing about it. The romance is a slow simmer as we see their relationship grow through daily life as well as challenges that come into play.Now I am not a big fan of suspense stories but Running Wild has just the perfect amount. It really keeps the plot interesting and yet it wasn’t too over powering. I know I am looking forward to more in this series by this wonderful writing team!more
Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones is a winner! If you like romantic suspense and contemporary western romance you will love this book!I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. Since I love both these authors, I was really excited to jump into this one.Carlin Reed, (named after the comedian George Carlin), is being stalked by a guy she dated a few times. The next time he finds her he will kill her. So, Carlin travels a lot, never uses her SS or DL or contacts her family. She winds up a long way from Texas, in a small Wyoming community. She gets a job and place to stay from a really good lady named Kat. As it happens, Kat has a cousin named Zeke. When winter comes Kat will not be able to keep Carlin on the payroll, but Zeke is in dire need of a cook and housekeeper. When Zeke's back is up against the wall, he reluctantly gives Carlin the job.Zeke grumbles, growls and huff and puffs a lot in the beginning, but inside he's a big marshmallow. He and Carlin have perfect chemistry. When he finds out the whole story about Carlin, he wants to help her. He teaches her to shoot a gun and self defense tactics. But, what he really wants is for Carly to be able to stop running and live her life normally, even if it means he might lose her.I liked the that the authors brought the issue of stalking back into the spotlight. I can't imagine living my life like that. I also like the descriptions of Wyoming, the details of ranch life, and the adjustment Carlin made learning to take care of the ranch hands.With a set up like this one, I found myself on edge constantly, waiting for the other shoe to drop. The tension and suspense builds and builds. There is a touching tribute or dedication to the late Beverly Barton at the beginning of the book, the recipes Carlin used while cooking for the ranch hands, and a sneak peek at Linda Howard's new book "Shadow Man" at the end of the book.Overall, this book was as near perfect as you can get in this genre. I loved it. Great job ladies!more
This was a great introduction to the Men from Battle Ridge. I enjoyed all of the characters I loved the interplay between Zeke and Carlin. The story line was great and reading this was a pleasure. I like the way the writers interjected the stalkers pov in short bursts through out the book, it heightened the suspense. The only thing I found a bit repetitive was Carlin constantly say how Brad (the stalker) had turned her off men what seemed like a million times. I got that point the first time it was stated. "That was my only frustration. I cannot wait to get the next installment.more
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it had a great story line and did not want to put it down. It had the right amount of suspense and romance with some great characters. I cannot wait until the next one comes out!more
I received a copy of this book through Librar Thing's early reviewers. From the beginning I was swept up into the story and couldn't put it down. I cant wait until the next book in the series!more
Great fast paced plot line with wonderful people. Sexy and sweet and a little bit rough around the edges men fighting for the sassy and smart heroine makes for a good read!more
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 elsewhere.After working for a while for Kat the owner of The Pie Hole here in town, Carlin gets sort of coerced into taking a job for Zeke Decker, a cattle ranch owner who is just walking sex on a stick, if you know what I mean! He is gruff, blustery and the type of guy who wants to fix everything for almost everyone!This was a wonderful romance, but even more importantly, it was a terrific suspense novel. This is something that Linda Howard is known for, and she really worked it. I had trouble seeing just where Ms Jones left her mark, as the writing was so seamless between the two women.Some of the passages got to be a little too much with the inner angst but they were soon bypassed by increasingly suspenseful…well…suspense scenes.Zeke does get around to eventually getting his own way and teaching Carlin just what she needs to know about saving herself if she ever finds herself in need to. And of course she will eventually need to. She makes for a great kick-butt heroine who also knows when to let someone more experienced take over in the kicking butt department.This was written with a tight plot, great, well-rounded characters of different kinds all with their own voices. The scene descriptions where vividly written, the scenery descriptions made you actually see them in your mind. There was even plentiful humor to break up the fear factor. The sexual aspect took quite a while to come up and I appreciated that. I don’t always like a book where the couple has to fall into bed in the 5th chapter. I could actually believe that they took their time and really fell into love instead of it being simply lust disguised to look like love.I loved this book and will be buying the next one in this series, and I will be keeping this on my to –be- re-read shelf!*ARC SUPPLIED BY PUBLISHER*more
In Running Wild we meet Carlin Reed, a woman trying to hide from a stalker in the small, remote community of Battle Ridge, Wyoming. Carlin reluctantly agrees to work for Zeke Decker on his ranch as a cook and housekeeper for Zeke and his employees. A growing attraction develops between Carlin and Zeke. I really enjoyed this book! The plot develops at just the right pace and the characters and their challenges are believable. The reader is given a very good sense of just how hard, yet rewarding, life on a ranch in Wyoming can be. This is a good read for people who enjoy romance with a bit of suspense thrown in. I was given a copy of this book to review from NetGalley.more
Carlin is on the run. After two dates with a guy named Brad, he developed an obsession with her - sneaking into her apartment, following her, making harassing phone calls. When she reported him, she was blown off. He was a local boy and a cop and had made sure no one saw the two of them together. First Carlin runs to Dallas. However, Brad followed her and killed a woman he thought was her because she had lent her friend her raincoat. Now Carlin in trying to live off the grid. She is travelling from town to town to try to get away from Brad. She comes into a small Wyoming town only intending to stop for something to eat and then to move on but she finds a job and and friend Kat. Kat has a cousin who is a rancher who needs a housekeeper but hasn't been able to find one.Carlin thinks Zeke is hot but also really grumpy. She is torn between taking the job and moving on. She decides that an isolated ranch wouldn't be a bad spot to be for the winter. Zeke will pay her in cash and let her build up a nest egg for the next time she has to run. Both are convinced that the job is just temporary and neither one is looking for a relationship. However, as they get to know each other, they come to love each other. But it isn't until the truck she is riding in almost slides off the edge of a mountain in an ice storm the Carlin decides to begin a physical relationship with Zeke. The love scenes are hot and it is easy to see that they are falling in love with each other. But the stalker hasn't forgotten about Carlin.This one has danger, romance and hot cowboys along with a seriously creepy stalker. Fans of romantic suspense will love it.more
Carlin Reed lives in on the moves and in constant fear. As victim of a stalker she can't seem to lose, she has to. So what starts as a quick stop for food in small town Battle Ridge, soon becomes a good place to hide for awhile. After becoming cook and housekeeper to Zeke Decker and his ranch help, the ranch becomes a place she doesn't know if she'll ever be ready to leave behind. Zeke doesn't want Carlin (aka Carly Hunt) on his ranch but he is left without a choice. With no housekeeper and the one ranch hand making an "attempt" to cook out of commission, he is forced to give Carlin a try. He tries to keep to himself but finds his attraction to Carlin more than he ever imagined. And when he finally learns all the details of her past, he pushes her to stop running and stay.When her past catches up to her, will Carlin stay on the run or take a stand and fight for the cowboy she has grown to love?I did enjoy this book. Zeke is a good alpha male - great "protector" for Carlin. They have chemistry and definitely some good "steamy" scenes. The characters were interesting, story was good. Maybe a few parts were a little "over the top" at times (*note - first sex scene, also the descriptive "final" scene with Brad) but not anything that messed the story up. For those looking for a good western, contemporary romance, it's worth reading.I received this ebook in exchange for honest review from Netgalley.more
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