New Release Review ~ Best Worst Mistake by @LiaRileyWrites

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Brightwater Book Two

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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Fire. The all consuming heat tends to destroy anything in it's path, leaving only devastation behind. That kind of devastation was all Wilder Kane knew. His parents parished to the flame and his job as a smoke jumper in Montana lead him to fighting them. It all changed when a jump went terribly wrong.

Quinn Higsby came home to Bridgewater to watch over the care of her ailing father and to slow her life down. She went from a Hollywood PR agent to a small town book shop assistant and never looked back. In one of the worst snow storms in the county history, Quinn gets stranded with her father at the town hermit's cabin, Wilder Kane.

This is the third book in the Bridgewater series, but the first one I've read. I didn't feel lost at all and was happy I could dig right in to the story of Wilder and Quinn. It was an unusual beginning for the duo and I wasn't sure how Ms. Riley was going to turn gruff and grumpy Wilder around. I love how Quinn's bright personality and frank nature brought out something in Wilder that no one ever could. I'm usually not one who likes Bad Boy stories, but Wilder really isn't a bad boy. He had a rough hand dealt to him at an early age and has now been dealt another blow. With Ms. Riley's development of Quinn and Wilder's almost clandestine relationship, I see her strength as a storyteller. The way she plays with heat and cold throughout the novel thrilled me. The hot scene in the cold atmosphere was one of my favorite love scenes I've read to date.

If Lia Riley's other novels are as hot as this one, I will be loading my bookshelf with them very soon.

Thanks so much to Lia Riley, Avon Impulse, and Tasty Book Tours for gifting me with a copy of Best Worst Mistake in exchange for an honest review.

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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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