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Ready for Wild (The Grand Valley Series) Paperback – October 31, 2017
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"In the excellent third Grand Valley contemporary Western romance (after Second Chance Season), Blake makes Colorado wilderness come alive[.] The protagonists have intense chemistry from first sight, and their flirtatious banter is witty, blunt, and sexy." (--Publishers Weekly (starred review))
"Blake offers scenic descriptions almost as luch as the sex between the main characters." (--Kirkus)
"Blake writes with heart, humor and sizzling sexiness, presenting her readers with characters and situations we can sink our teeth into and believe in." (--Bookpage)
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Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado. She 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. Visit her online at LioraBlake.com.
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"You were so worth waiting for. "
Ready for Wild delivers the perfect ending to the Grand Valley series!
Liora Blake has the perfect formula for romance and she has a perpetual fan in me. She knows how to mix two very different characters and make them irreplaceable to each other.
Amber Regan travels to Colorado to scout different areas for her hunting show. She has always loved the outdoors and her uncle taught her to hunt when she was just a kid. Her show was very popular and made her quite famous. It helps that her exterior is nothing short of a bombshell. Unfortunately, the last season of her show didn't get high ratings and in a desperate move, she believes if she comes back to her roots, she can make the big wigs renew her contract. She's determined to prove them and herself that she can do one hunt all by herself.
"This is when my body decides to perk up and take real, carnal notice of a man? And for this guy? Mr. Jolly Green Giant with a bad attitude?"
Braden Montgomery is one of the Grand Valley game wardens. He projects a "sourpuss attitude" and he appears to be grumpy most of the time. We met his character in the last two books and I was dying to see a smile on the face of this big guy. By chance or maybe by fate, Braden picks the short straw (literally) and it's the one chosen to meet Amber and her team. Of course, he is not blind and his body knows Amber is a knockout but he has nothing bad disdain for people who don't understand what being a hunter and respecting the prey is. He has all these preconceived ideas about Amber and he's not scared to share them aloud.
"The dark hair and the scruff, the serious sage eyes, and a sourpuss attitude many a woman would love to claim she single-handedly charmed into submission. All of that and he’s built like the caricature of a lusty lumberjack."
It was absolutely amazing reading the characters banter. I was smiling or laughing the whole way through Ready for Wild. So many great interactions and I love when Garrett was giving Braden a hard time and the scene with the selfie.
I loved discovering the real Braden and Amber. Amber was someone who took her job seriously. She knew how to respect nature despite being a hunter. She was a good sister and she cared for her co-workers. Braden's real personality was not surly. He was a book nerd who loved the outdoors and healthy eating. The scenes with his dog Charley had my heart melting. He also realized his preconceived ideas regarding Amber were wrong and he was man enough to admit it.
I have no idea why this is the last book in the series. Liora introduced two couples who could continue this series or a spinoff: Trey and Dayton and Colin and Teagan. I hope she gets to write their love stories.
A complimentary copy was provided by Pocket Star via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Braden is complicated. He is sexy and rugged, but he admits himself that he has a “seventy-five-year-old cantankerous a$$h$$$e who lives inside my thirty-two-year-old body.” He doesn’t believe in technology…this man doesn’t even have cable, and handwrites letters to his parents…no email. He spends all of his time outdoors, but hunting magazines drive him nuts. He refuses to watch hunting shows as he thinks it doesn’t give a realistic view of hunters. When Amber shows up, and he literally draws the short stick to be her scout, he’s NOT HAPPY. She represents all that he hates.
He is confused by Amber. When he first saw her poster, he thought she was a “sexed-up advertising cliché of a sportswoman,” but she stirred feelings in him he hadn’t had in a very long time. The only woman who shares his bed is his beloved dog, Charley. However, as he spends more time with Amber, he realizes she isn’t the woman on that poster, she’s much more, and that scares him. He has had his heart broken before, and he refuses to feel that way again.
Amber is a complicated character as well. She’s beautiful and has no qualms about using her beauty to her advantage. At least, that is how it appears at first glance. Spending time with Braden changes her, she questions how the shows and advertising are using her for her looks and not her intelligence or skill as a hunter, and she has to do some soul-searching within herself to determine what direction she wants her life to go.
The chemistry between these two is HOT! The heated banter just seems to continually drive it to scorching levels. There is a sweetness between them too. As they become closer, they question the longevity of their relationship and how they will come out of it in one piece. They made a promise to each other, “We said we would forget all the reasons this shouldn’t work and try to find just one reason it would.” I just kept hoping they would see what was right in front of them…they were in love with each other! I wanted them to find their HEA.
As you can tell, I loved Amber and Braden’s story. A lot of what made it so good was how Blake developed their personalities. They came alive for me. But, the plot and setting themselves were very good. Her descriptive writing put me everywhere the characters were whether it was on the trails or in the game warden’s office. The plot was also different. Sometimes romances tend to run together, and I can’t remember them. This one stands out. It’s a romance between a game warden and a television star. That idea was a genius move on Liora Blake’s part. She is a new author to me, but she is now on my go to list of favorite writers!
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