Thursday, January 25, 2018

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Ready for Wild, by Liora Blake {ends 2/1}

Guest review by: Becki Bayley

She’s not here for a nature walk? She expects me to show her what she needs to see? And she’s implying that I might not be up to the task? Try again, Amber. This is my unit, and I’ve spent more time here than she’s spent getting her hair done. I grind my jaw together, using the time to temper my words.

“Good. I’m only here because I drew the short straw.”

Her lips twist into a smug sneer. “Sounds like you have shit for luck, then, Braden Montgomery.”

“Luck is for suckers,” I volley back. “Hard work gets you what you want, even when bad odds get in the way. You just have to work for it.”

This is the third novel in the Grand Valley Novel series by Liora Blake, so I was looking forward to seeing what happened to a couple characters I’d met just briefly when reading the second book. One of the great strengths of the series is that the individual books are not dependent on each other, but just occur in the same community.

Official synopsis:
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.

Before actually meeting her, Amber Regan is easily exactly the kind of person Braden Montgomery hates. She’s got a tv show about hunting – so it must be all staged shots, pink camo, sexy poses and high heels. Ugh. But once they meet, he finds out that appearances can be very deceiving.

Amber, Braden, and their friends were fun characters, and great to "hang out" with while reading their story. While the end was pretty predictable, it wasn’t all just happy with everything going their way. I liked reading them having a bit of conflict before their inevitable joy.

Overall, this was an entertaining read and would be a great vacation or beach read. I’ve give it 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend the two other books in the series too if you want to really feel cozy with their Hotchkiss, CO community.

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Becki Bayley likes feeding her birds and fish, watching green(ish) grass peek through the snow, and staying cozy under an afghan from her mom while reading a good book. She’s been blogging around SE Michigan at since March 2002.


One of my lucky readers will win a copy of Ready for Wild!

Enter via the widget below. Giveaway will end on Thursday, February 1st, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified via email the next day, and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

Paperback copy of Ready for Wild


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