Looooooook what we have here today! It’s Wilder! We actually found Wilder!
And we are never letting him go! Best Worst Mistake is the last book of Lia Riley’s Brightwater Series (for now) and I am so glad that I get to host it on its release day 🙂 DO NOT miss this series, you guys, and if you enter today’s giveaway, you might actually have a chance to win book #2! Follow the other tour stops here!
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?
I have drowned in the sexiness that is Wilder Kane and do not wish to be pulled out. Please move on and find other drownees to help.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that the beauty and the beast trope is my favourite. There’s just something about a (wo)man pulling their partner out of the darkness of their past, and into the bright sunshine of their future. This the trope that gives me hope and actually makes me feel for all the characters involved. Some of my favourite books of all time are based on this trope and I’m a happy girl now that my favourite Brightwater book has a gruff, sort-of beast, and a sassy beauty with more balls than most heroes I’ve read.
Best Worst Mistake started in a very simple, very romantic way—a huge snowstorm and a stay in at Wilder’s for a lack of options. Of course, the situation is far from romantic but we get a first glimpse at Wilder, and his closed-off, Fort Knox type of nature. And of course, our heroine Quinn isn’t one to turn down a challenge 🙂
One of the first things I noticed about Quinn was how straight-forward she was. No playing games, no making Wilder (or anyone, for that matter) run around in circles. She just straight up said what came to her mind, and that was fantastic. From a girl who was a Hollywood PR agent, very good at cleaning up people’s messes, and brushing elbows with the most high and famous, not being able to play mind games to get what she wanted was what made her so unique to me. She turned out to be a small town girl at heart, and fit in very well as an assistant at a book shop, her love for reading making her life easier in its small way. Another sweet thing about the girl was the way she was with her father. It’s simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking to see, and it’s the type of love she showed that would melt your little daughter-heart and be that kind of a girl to your father!
Wilder, you discover pretty early on, prefers to avoid human contact and stay kind of holed up in his house, with the company of his books to keep him from feeling too lonely. But all my thoughts about Wilder being any kind of an asshole were just blasted away by the second chapter in his POV. You’ll see why. Wilder had these painful, almost haunting secrets buried within him, the type to permanently damage a soul, but the fact that he wouldn’t let them said something about the man he was. In many ways I could see the Sawyer in Wilder—the calm exterior, often hiding the tempest within. I could go on and on about how hot I thought Wilder was (hotter even than Sawyer), but really, it was his heart and his vulnerability that drew me to him, marking him down firmly as my FAVOURITE KANE.
I wouldn’t say Wilder and Quinn had the type of romance you’d sing songs or write a sonnet about. No, their love was kind of more…subtle, i think is the closest word. It was subdued, and it never overtook their reasoning or changed them fundamentally. It was just two people realising how right they were in a short span of time, with forces outside of just their attraction bonding them. Quinn was, after all, undergoing a tough phase in her life and no one could have handled it better than Wilder and his awkward ways. But beware, if you like a bit of a mystery with your romance, you might be in for a treat—there’s an arsonist in Brightwater, setting fire around town, disrupting lives and pinning Wilder as the suspect. This too is, in fact, an important part of the book and I absolutely enjoyed the break from the heavy romance now and then!
In all honesty, I am not ready for the Brightwater series to end. There are so many characters who deserve to have their stories told (Kit and Goldie, I’m looking at you) and while I doubt the Kane brothers can be beat, I’d love to see Lia Riley try! With Best Worst Kiss, we see Lia doing what she does best—taking two unlikely people and giving them a spectacular future, with great sex and a happily ever after! This was exactly the type of book I’d imagined for the one Kane who was AWOL and I’m so, so glad he got history told. Say your goodbyes to drama-ramas because this one might just be the beginning of a new generation of rom-coms with less drama and more fun between the sheets!
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Up for Grabs!
Five (5) winners will receive a Digital Download of RIGHT WRONG GUY, Brightwater Series Book Two
Click on the cover to purchase from Amazon US. Each book is a part of the Brightwater series and can be read as a standalone. BUT READ THEM ALL!