Best Worst Mistake: Brightwater #3 by Lia Riley with Excerpt and Giveaway

Best Worst Mistake: Brightwater #3 by Lia Riley with Excerpt and Giveaway

Welcome to my stop for Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley, the third book in her contemporary romance series, Brightwater. Please read on for my review, an excerpt, check out the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win one of Five (5) Digital copies of RIGHT WRONG GUY: Brightwater #2 by Lia Riley.

Book Review:

Lia Riley has become one of my favorite find authors this year: fun, low angst, drama only when the plot calls for it romances that are loaded with heart, humor and real people that could be your friends.  I’ve read this series since the beginning, and each new book gives me that moment of “ooh”.  And who can resist the titles – that oxymoronic combination of words that instantly lets readers empathize: we all have (or want) that Last First Kiss, knew the Right Wrong Guy, and have had a Best Worst Mistake.

In Best Worst Mistake, we have a woman obviously addicted to her books and romances in Quinn. She’s got several tropes running through her head, and Wilder’s grumpy hermit routine seems just meant to push people away, as he protects his soft squishy underbelly. She’s intrigued and determined to see just what is beneath the smoke-screen, unafraid of his hedgehog-like prickles.

These two are adorable together, a true clash of dark and light. While Wilder tends to get inside himself, holding on to a long-ago tragedy and the guilt it has created: Quinn isn’t willing to let life get her down without a fight. And there are plenty of reasons for both to have retreated, but the fact that neither has, really, is the spark that starts this story. Add to the fun banter and growing relationship with Wilder and Quinn by tossing an arsonist into Brightwater, and the story has plenty of twists and moments of danger.

The lack of drama from outside forces pushing the couple apart, and Quinn’s ability to break down the multiple barriers that Wilder has placed in her path keeps the story moving forward and intriguing. While the mystery of the arsonist is secondary, the questions around the who and why last to the reveal, and keep our couple from too much navel gazing, or uncomfortable sharing moments: things move naturally from intrigue to depending on one another organically, and leaves you with a smile.

Best Worst Mistake: Brightwater #3 by Lia Riley with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Best Worst Mistake
Author: Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater #3
Also in this series: Right Wrong Guy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 006240380X
Published on: 20 October, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 235
Rated: four-stars
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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 return to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. She spends her days in a small bookstore, until her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined 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 burn him up or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to drug and alcohol use / violence and/or sexual content in a genre not specified as Erotic.


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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.



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About Lia Riley

After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley 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 fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

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