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Running Wild Audiobook

Running Wild: The Men from Battle Ridge

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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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©2012 Linda Howard, Linda Jones (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Colleen 06-15-15
    Colleen 06-15-15 Member Since 2015

    big reader

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    "Another winner"

    Linda Howard has a way of pulling laughs out of the most serious plot. She has been my favorite author for years.

    carlin is a woman on the run yet she cannot curb her natural tendency to be sassy and smart mouthed. The characters are likable and real and the story line believable. The performance could not have been better. Narrators can make or break a book. Maggie wheeler nailed the Carlin. She's narrated this book so well that I would by an unknown author were she on the credits. Well done to the writer and the narrator!!! A big thumbs up!

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    Judith 07-19-14
    Judith 07-19-14 Member Since 2012

    66yrs old and road driver for 25yrs. have been a steady member of audible for more than five years. enjoy all kinds of books.

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    "Great story, well written!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Running Wild to be better than the print version?

    didn't read it.


    Have you listened to any of Maggie Wheeler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is an outstanding narrator. Easy to follow her characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes,yes!


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of Linda Howard's best books. I am not averse to sex scenes but how refreshing to find two people falling for one another without jumping into bed after the first hello! Really a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 10-26-13
    Kathryn @theBookDate Paraparaumu, New Zealand 10-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Why did I put off listening to this book?"

    I really enjoyed this book and listened to it over a few days once I got going. I purchased this on audible when it was published but never got around to it. I saw a few negative reviews early on, and then sort of lost the drive to listen to it.

    Goes to show I should never take too much notice of what others say. This book was a very pleasant listen, with varying amounts of tension in it to keep me interested.

    I liked the narrator, she enhanced this story, I liked the way she read and phrased the sentences, where she put emphasis. Awesome work and I would listen to another one by her in a heartbeat.

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    Martinez Texas 09-27-13
    Martinez Texas 09-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Next stop Wyoming!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    50/50
    I needed some romance and a change from the usual genres I lean towards. The story is weak. But I did get some enjoyment out of the different setting, classic cowboy, and domesticity.


    What could Linda Howard and Linda Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could've spent more time in story development. It's an okay story. Better than I could write but I've read much better romances. I'm so ready to suspend disbelief I can't believe they fell so short of my low expectations.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Maggie Wheeler?

    Probably not. She doesn't deliver on the male characters or at least she didn't for this book.


    Was Running Wild worth the listening time?

    It's a toss up. 50/50
    I wanted to listen to a romance while chilling out, I wish I'd picked better.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah. The sex leaves a lot to be desired. It doesn't come until late in the book and it's short and nondescript. I mean she tells you what's going on but not with sufficient skill to make it worth the wait. The sexual tension/attraction is barely palpable, if the characters didn't have conversations about it with themselves it wouldn't come across the story.

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    Lady M 09-05-13
    Lady M 09-05-13
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    "Entertaining!"

    I found "Running Wild" entertaining. It was refreshingly different from your average Romance novel. It includes action, mystery, humor and of course hot romance.The characters are well developed, the surroundings described well without a lot of filler words.

    Although I did not give the narrator 5 stars, she was pretty good and had a way of pulling you into the story.

    I don't feel I need to add anything to the Publishers Summary about the story itself.

    Bottom line: it is well written and narrated, in my opinion, and I can certainly recommend it.

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    Tara Burleson, TX, United States 05-31-13
    Tara Burleson, TX, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliantly Funny!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has a narrator that does a wonderful Texan (Southern Texan) accent and her flares are all in the right places, being a Texan I have appreciation for such things and also the story is GOOD! I'm a fan of the western mixed with dry humor and these Co-authors did a great job of telling the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Running Wild?

    While they were in the truck, dangling after a spin out and Carlin was worried about the eggs not the fact that they were in a truck in a tree, also the way she tries to keep Zeke at a distance and for him to only realize moments later that he got his butt handed to him is funny and the way she takes charge of the things she hasn't EVER done is just awesome!


    What about Maggie Wheeler’s performance did you like?

    Like I said before, the narrator is southern and it's awesome to hear it naturally spoken instead of over embellished like some other series I've heard samples of. There's a difference between modern southern belle and hollywood southern belle. This one to me is modern.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't want to say extreme as much as I can agree it was definitely hard to put down and I loved the parts that made me laugh b/c I had to rewind a little each time for things I'd miss after laughing. (My husband jumped each time I laughed out of no where b/c I was having so much fun with this story line)


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait until the next book comes out!!! I WILL be looking forward to seeing the release date since this one came out last November (2012) I hope it's not going to be forever until the next one! It IS an easy read and should be taken as such, books aren't meant to be "taken seriously" otherwise you miss the enjoyment of getting lost in a book! ENJOY!

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    Rita 05-09-13
    Rita 05-09-13

    Audible addicted love mystery,lately stuck on love story. Mother of 1 Labrador and 1 perfect man. Work way too hard, and so ready to be retired

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    "Just ok"

    Just ok.for me you figure with two writers you would get something different than the same girl and boy with instance like with obstacles in their way and you have half the book dedicated to their thoughts..ole" I ff more than half the story to get to the meat of book try at your own risk I enjoy the 2nd part of the book would not pay 27 bucks for it.

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    Kyle VIENNA, SD, United States 05-08-13
    Kyle VIENNA, SD, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED."
    Would you listen to Running Wild again? Why?

    Yes, the narrator's voice was incredible. The story was a great mix of action/adventure and romance.


    What other book might you compare Running Wild to and why?

    I can't find one!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite. I loved them all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 04-13-13
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Linda Howard disappoints."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone in a coma.


    What could Linda Howard and Linda Jones have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Linda Howard should just write by herself. Characters were shallow and was boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Complete waste of a credit.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A User 04-03-13
    A User 04-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Running Wild to be better than the print version?

    Although I haven't read the print version, I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I have always been a huge Linda Howard fan.


    What does Maggie Wheeler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved the narrator's style. Added so much more than just reading the book would.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Dialogue humorous yet emotions of characters very apparent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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