Ready for Wild by Liora Blake
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.
For reasons I am not entirely clear on, I didn’t realise that this was the last in the Grand Valley series until I got to the end of this story. But for my money, this was in some ways, the most enjoyable of the three.
Braden’s grumpiness as a counterpoint to Amber’s more upbeat outlook just works well. The smoothing of rough edges and the developing relationship was written with an underlying sense of light humour. That, combined with the chemistry between these two, and the ease of their interactions, made this a truly enjoyable read.
The narrative is well paced, and has a natural flow that drives the story forward beautifully.
I was genuinely disappointed to learn that there would be no more from the Valley.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author who writes because it’s what she’s always wanted to do. She writes novels because she likes to tell the whole story, and she writes romance because a happily ever after is the best kind of story to tell.
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.
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