My rating: 4 of 5 stars
READY FOR WILD is book three in The Grand Valley series and is a swoony-ish, contemporary, small town, standalone romance. This is actually a first read for me from author, Liora Blake and I absolutely enjoyed reading it! The story was well written so that it ebbed and flowed easily. It was comical and amusing, the back and forth between Amber and Braden was smart and funny. Though it was also frustrating sometimes, especially in the beginning when most of their interactions were fraught with preconceived notions and misjudgment (from both Amber and Braden)! It worked out though, just reinforced my personal belief of not judging a book by it’s cover!! Anyway, I ADORED Amber and her tough persona wrapped up in a Playboy Bunny body. She was witty, strong and plucky. And from page one, we see how cranky and “Grinch-like” (I think Amber even called him something like that!) Braden was but he managed to climb into my heart with his gruff and bearish ways that actually hid the heart of a big ole teddy bear. They were very different personalities that also had a whole lot in common and an instant lust for each other that’s sexy AND sweet! I also appreciated the beautiful details of the basins, mountains and trails. The realistic background made it easy to imagine being right there with Braden and Amber. Overall, this one is a lighter, sweeter read with a happy ending. Told from dual POVs. I received, read and voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Ready for Wild
Published by: Pocket Books
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Featuring Liora Blake’s signature “funny, endearing, and more than a little hot” (Library Journal) style, the third novel in the Grand Valley series features a rough-talking game warden going toe-to-toe with a TV star who unexpectedly turns his life upside down.
Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.
But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.
As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.
Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado.
When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.