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.
©2012 Linda Howard, Linda Jones (P)2012 Random House Audio
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The plot was ok but the writing was sophomoric at best and narration was horrible. So disappointed in this product that had Linda Howard's name on it.
THE AUTHOR BUILDS THE STORY THROUGH INCREASING OUR AWARNESS OF THE KEY PLAYERS ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS. THERE ARE TWO PREDATORY CHARACTERS AND HERO'S
WHERE ARE THE OTHERE BOOKS IN THE SERIES ?
Reader, writer, quilter, needleworker, Kentuckian.
I've been a fan of Linda Howard for a long time, and this book written with her close friend Linda Winstead Jones is a solid example. A young woman running from a deadly stalker finds herself in the wilds of Montana cooking for a grumpy bachelor and his hands. As she learns to cook and fall in love, her stalker is closing in. This is a well-written, satisfying book that I will read again. Well worth your time and money.
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!
66yrs old and road driver for 25yrs. have been a steady member of audible for more than five years. enjoy all kinds of books.
didn't read it.
She is an outstanding narrator. Easy to follow her characters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Probably not. She doesn't deliver on the male characters or at least she didn't for this book.
It's a toss up. 50/50
I wanted to listen to a romance while chilling out, I wish I'd picked better.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
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
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.
Yes, the narrator's voice was incredible. The story was a great mix of action/adventure and romance.
I can't find one!
I didn't have a favorite. I loved them all.
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