Linda Howard & Linda Jones - Running Wild [The Men from Battle Ridge #1]

Title : Running Wild
Author : Linda Howard and Linda Jones
Series : The Men from Battle Ridge #1
Publisher : Random House Publishing Group
Imprint : Ballantine Books
Published Date : November 2012
Source : NetGalley
Genre : Suspense Romance

Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she’s made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.

Zeke doesn’t challenge Carlin’s terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she’s a woman in trouble. Problem is, he’s so blindsided by his attraction to her he can’t think straight. Zeke tries to stay all business, no complications—but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman.

Wow.... This is the first time I read a story about cowboy from Linda Howard (LH), she usually writes about cops. Cool and sexy cops who defending justice such as Sam Donovan (Mr. Perfect), Jack Russo (Open Season), Dane Hollister (Dream Man), or Wyatt Bloodsworth (Blair Mallory series). So, this story kinda different for me because now the cop is the bad man.

For suspense romance, there are only two authors who I love, J.D. Robb and Linda Howard. To be honest, I don't know Linda Jones works yet (after this I will search and read her books), but as far as I know she is a Harlequin Romance or paranormal romance writer (one of her book is nocturne Raintree: Haunted).

About the plot, Running Wild is an exciting story, though the romance has more parts than the action. The action take on first chapter and near the end of this book. Although the romance has bigger part, yet the feeling of worried, anxiety, desperate from Carlin's character would be felt throughout the story. That's show how good these author build the story's atmosphere.

The dialogue between our main characters were quite hilarious because both of them are stubborn, they didn't like each other from the start, and when they realized that they didn't want to lose the other, the conversation changed to something touching.

I wrote several conversations that made me laugh or can't stop smiling:

LOL #1
He opened the door, and she noticed that he didn’t have to unlock it first. He might not like it, but unlocked doors were now something in his past, at least while she was in the house alone. And that reminded her … 
“I’ll need a house key,” she said as she followed him into the house.

“Why?” The question so stupefied her that she stopped in her tracks and stared at him. 
“So I can get in when you aren’t here,” she explained as slowly and carefully as if he were just now learning English.  
In response he said, “Let me show you something,” in almost exactly the same tone she’d used. He pulled the door shut with a bang. “See that round thing? We call it a doorknob, and we use it to open the door. Pay attention, now. See how I put my hand on the doorknob? Turn it to the right, and—” Slowly he demonstrated, and triumphantly thrust the door open. “I’ll be damned if the door doesn’t open! That’s how you get in when I’m not here.”

LOL #2  
“Holy crap! You lied. You lied like a yellow dog, with apologies to the dog.”
Dark brows drew together, eyes narrowed. “Lied?” he repeated softly.
She pointed into the kitchen. “The cows do live in the house!”
He turned his head to give the kitchen a slow, considering look. Then, damn him, a very pleased smile curved his lips. “Should keep you busy for a while,” he said cheerfully.

LOL #3
“I’m fond of your balls,” she said abruptly.
A wary look came into his eyes. “So am I.”
“I don’t love them, but they’re endearing in a cute, wrinkly kind of way. I don’t want to hurt them—you.”
“Let me give you a tip, buttercup: you don’t tell a man his balls are cute.”
“You’re tough enough to take it. I’d be lying if I said they were pretty.”
“That’s good. Balls are supposed to be manly, not pretty.”

I can't wait for the next installment books, I wish they will publish soon so that I could request it on NetGalley. Overall, this is an entertaining story. Love it so much!


  1. denied by netgalley..!!!
    *uhuk..uhuk* share ibuknya say ;D

  2. LH sudah pernah mengeluarkan buku ttg cowboy sebelumnya jeung dan sudah diterjemahkan oleh GPU, judulnya Heartbreaker, bagus loh. Sudah bacakah?

    Salam kenal ya ^^

    1. Salam kenal juga, Jeung Sari ^^
      Sepertinya belum aku baca novel LH yang tentang koboi. Hahahaha.. Soalnya sekarang buku LH udah termasuk langka >,<