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
on the run Carlin finds safety and romance with Zeke the hot rancher~
Carlin is clearly a woman who knows how to "hide" ~ she carries all she needs to make an escape in her coat and moves into a Podunk Wyoming town~ sliding under the radar job as waitress for cash, she ends up houskeeper for sexy rancher Zeke Decker. Brad the ex cop stalker uses the internet to keep track and find the elusive Carlin. Locked doors and weapons in every room has Carlin feel slightly more secure in the remote ranch. Zeke soon has his "fantasy" life take the human form of lovely Carllin and we have some humorous looks into his mind as his NO touch policy is "revised." LOL This one is one of the BETTER Howard books in recent years along with Howard /Jones Combo author this is a very good romantic suspense romance. There is a hero and heroine by play we love and the humor and sparks are first rate. Plot is well done and flows along. I give this one 5 STAR FOR PLOT, 5 STAR FOR PERFORMANCE AND 5 STAR FOR fun couple who heat up the winter in the Wyoming snow. Keep them coming Linda Howard and Linda Jones much better than Blood Born.
I would read another book by these authors but I would not listen to another book read by this narrator.
I felt the book had too much mundane filler. It would have been a great 6 hour book. It reminded me of the more basic romance novels, but again the narrator ruined what was good about the book.
This narrator has a rather monotonous voice that grates on ones nerves.
Let me say Linda Howard is in the top three of my favorite authors. I will likely read anything that bears her name. I listened to 'Blood Born' and loved it.
When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!
I usually do thorough research on a book before I decide to make the plunge and I felt that reviews on this one were sort of mixed. Giving it a chance I decided to try it out. I thought it was a cute story! A bit predictable and a few times I did do a little fast forwarding, all in all a fairly good book but not what I would label excellent. The narration was very good I felt (although other reviews did not). Maggie Wheeler does a very good job trying to carry the story in places it dragged or was redundant. I little to much whinny women stress for my tastes and I like a more detailed sexy romance but it was a cute story! If your looking for a book with a very sexy cowboy and a strong woman that is trying to overcome a terribly frightening history, this ones for you! Some detailed sexy parts with a little crewed speech but mild for serious romance readers/listeners. Enjoy!
I love books, it's my great escape.
This is the story of Carlin and Zeke, both lost in their own ways. Fate puts them together. Carlin is running from a nut case policeman and Zeke a hardworking, sexy rancher who has not been lucky in the love department. Well that changes when he meets Carlin, sparks fly and they turn up the heat. It was exciting to see their relationship develop and the banter between them had me chuckling out loud at times. Zeke is a hero in the truest since of the word, however these two rescue each other and that makes this a five start hit with me. Carlin is now wimpy girl; she is a strong woman who speaks her mind. I always enjoy Linda Howard books, this one is no exception. What I like the most is that the characters are realistic and believable. This is my second Linda Howard, Linda Jones book and I must say I like the collaboration. Maggie Wheeler does a great job with the narration and this was really an enjoyable listen. I want more!!!!
I love audible books - I wouldn't drive anywhere without one on my phone or kindle. I love humor, romance, & sci-fi.
This is a long slow romance that savors the 'build' of a relationship and delivers a 'bang' of suspense.
When the heroine was faced with feeding 12 hungry men in 2 hours with little experience.
She performed the book well. I thought her accent was charming.
An enjoyable suspense romance that would appeal to people who like to think about food. The ending was different from the formula one I thought they would come up with, so it was a nice surprise.
Maggie Wheeler does a wonderful job at narrating this romantic suspense. I really felt for Carly and could feel here fear and understand her consuming need to run and stay off the grid. The strength of her character and the sizzle with Zeke set the romance portion on fire. This book had all the ingredients to keep you engaged!
I was struck the most, when Carly shows Zeke the depth of her fear and the reality of her situation. The description of her terror was so vivid that I could see it, clear as day, and wanted to help her myself.
Maggie has a way of using her accents and subtle changes in inflection to distinguish the voices and bring out there personalities. I love that in a narrator. It had power where it needed power, gentleness where it was needed and tenderness where it was important. Maggie spoke in a way that I could feel Carly's inner strength come through in her sarcastic voice and had me laughing like she was an old friend. I feel she was perfect to narrate this story!!
When it is time to stop running and stand up and fight.....
I have always loved Linda Howard. I have enjoyed watching how her style has changed and developed, but this newest story with Linda Jones has been my favorite. I got my romance with a good dose of sizzle and enough suspense to make it interesting. I love a good twist to keep me guessing how a resolution comes about and these two were great at throwing those in the mix. This format even included some recipes that I can't wait to try. I love it when an author provides that to allow me to interact.
I never have enough hours in a day to read as much as I want too! 24 is simply not enough! :)
A wanted man. Same sort of hero. Same deep love story.
The excitement of her voice.
Love conquers all.
Yes, the book was entertaining
The narrator got the accents down pat and kept me interested.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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!
I've had this audio book for some time and listened to it on many occasions I never get bored I would strongly recommend you listen to this audio you will not be disappointed
To be honest this book was a bit of a disappointment after the last Howard/Jones book Blood Born.
It does not have the same punch at all. There is little tension or suspense in it and I felt that the ending was a bit of an anti climax. Not up to their best standard but reasonable it is just that I have got used to so much better than reasonable for these two.
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