Friday, October 23, 2015

The Next Brightwater Story is Out! BEST WORST MISTAKE by Lia Riley. Read an Excerpt Here

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?

My Review:

I think that this is my favorite of the series. I think I say that each time because the stories are so good, and yet so different. I admit that I have been waiting to read Wilder's story. The previous books mentioned the lone wolf older brother who cut himself off from his family. Yes, he was playing hard to get with the readers and made Brightwater readers curious.
     Wilder took off as a teen, years after a family tragedy which left the brothers orphaned and raised by their cranky gram. For years, he was a smoke jumper. Unfortunately, his career is cut short due to an accident during a fire. Now he is back home in Brightwater, still keeping his family at arms length while dealing with his recovery.
     Along comes Quinn at just the right time in his life. It's fun watching how books bring this couple together. The grumpy loner turns into a teddy bear around the sweet and quirky Quinn, and Wilder is there for her as she deals with her father's problems.
      There is a thread of suspense through the story as an arsonist is making trouble in town. Ironically, it brings Wilder closer to his brothers, one being the sheriff in town. In some heart-wrenching moments, you discover the burden that he has been carrying on his shoulders most of his life. I know I wanted to give this once lonely man a hug. It was so wonderful that he found the right woman and discovered that he was worthy of love, family and a happily ever after with his Quinn. Lia Riley has written another winner in this series which is full of humor, a dash of suspense and characters that you come to love and really care about.


Excerpt #3:

“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.


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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  1. I think this is my favorite of hers too! I love this series and can't wait for the next one! She's a great author!

  2. Thank you for hosting BEST WORST MISTAKE!