Monday, October 26, 2015

Best Worst Mistake (Brightwater #3) by @LiaRileyWrites Blog Tour with review, excerpt and #Giveaway @AvonImpulse @TastyBookTours

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Brightwater #3
Lia Riley
Releasing Oct 20th, 2015
Avon Impulse

The third sexy and emotional novel in debut Avon author Lia Riley’s Brightwater series set in the mountains of Northern California

Sometimes the worst mistakes turn out to be the best…

Smoke jumper Wilder Kane once reveled in the rush from putting out dangerous wildfires. But after a tragic accident, he’s cut himself off from the world, refusing to leave his isolated cabin. When a headstrong beauty bursts in, Wilder finds himself craving the fire she ignites in him, but letting anyone near his darkness would be a mistake.

After her Hollywood life went up in smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and returned to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. Spending her days in a small bookstore, her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined to not to be scared off by Wilder, not once she’s experienced the heat of his passions.

But when an arsonist targets the community and Wilder is accused, he must confront the ghosts of his past. Will his desire for Quinn flameout or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?

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“Would you do something for me?” She inched closer.
“What’s that?”
She patted the side of the bed. “Come here. Be next to me. We don’t have to sleep together to sleep together. Maybe I’m not ready to go whole hog, but what about cuddling?”
“Cuddling?” His breath sounded labored.
“Don’t be so dismissive.”
“I’m not, it’s just that … no one has ever asked me to before. I don’t exactly have a reputation as the warm and cuddly type.”
“Or no one’s ever bothered to look close enough.”
He froze before sitting on the edge of the bed, the mattress creaking from his weight.
“There we go, that’s a start,” she said encouragingly.
“Now what?”
“Now we both lie back on your pillows, get under the blankets.”
“What about shoes?”
“Right. Shoes. Very practical. Glad one of us handles the details. See? This is what makes me a terrible Virgo.”
“You nervous?” He slowly undid the zipper to her ankle boot, easing it off, giving her toes a squeeze before proceeding to the next boot. Her stomach muscles clenched. This guy would give amazing foot rubs; she knew it.
“A little, but in a good way.”
He considered her. “You’re strange.”
“And you are terrible at giving compliments.”
He chuckled at that, tossing her boots on the floor and pulling back the blankets, tucking her in.
“Aren’t you getting in too?”
“For my sanity, I’d rather have this as a barrier.” He tugged on the thick comforter, “Otherwise, I’ll never fall asleep.”
“Am I that hard to resist?” She batted her lashes with a faux-seductive voice.
“Woman, you drive me crazy.” But he sounded happy or at least not angry, which was a change. And for not being a cuddler, he had an excellent way of putting his arm around the hollow of her waist and spooning her against him.

Rating: 4
Cover comment: So cute.
Book source: Edelweiss

I'm a sucker for romantic stories featuring a damaged guy and a woman who can draw a grump out of his slump and not cower to him in the meantime. I'm also a fan of fairy tale retellings so reading Best Worst Mistake was a given after seeing its blurb. Despite it being the third book in the Brightwater series, I had no problems falling into and easily going along with the story. 

The thing about good romances is the couple has to be believable. The reader has to connect with them. I immediately connected with Wilder and Quinn. Sure he's grumpy and she's sweet, and with Riley's emotional and well written story, their relationship drew me in and kept me invested in every thing they went through. Wilder is a terrific leading man, a contemporary 'beast' of a man nursing old wounds both physical and mental. Letting someone like Quinn--a 'beautiful' woman, always smiling while touching everything and everyone in her path like a beam of sunlight--into his brooding tent of existence wasn't easy but she's infectious and that's a good thing. I also learned about smoke jumpers and enjoyed Quinn's bookstore job. What reader wouldn't love to spend their days surrounded by books?

I really liked seeing them together, the tender moments, the sweet spots, their conversations, their falling in love--it all seemed so real. This couple is a prime example of the word 'cute' (read the excerpt above and you'll see what I mean). The pacing was steady and the story was easy to visualize. To say I was hooked is an understatement. Now I need to fit in reading the other titles in this series. 

Want a sweet modern day version of Beauty and the Beast? Grab a copy of Lia Riley's Best Worst Mistake. I bet you'll devour it just like I did.

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Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

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