Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater, book # 3
Genre: contemporary romance
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?
This is my favourite book out of the series so far. Wilder – he’s the stuff that dream men are made off for me. He loves books. He will read anything and oh, in one part – my heart swooned. Like, actually felt it swell.
This book is everything it’s meant to be – sucked me in from the first chapter, engaging, the conflict between the characters as well as internal conflict. What I adored the most, is how books played a pivotal role in this story. Wilder – he’s perfectly flawed but he’s been keeping a secret for a lifetime. Working as a fire fighter, he is faced with a situation that could have cost him his life.
Having sustained a huge injury, his life is pretty much kept inside his small house and away from his family. Quinn – she’s an awesome character. Instantly gelled with her. She works in the local bookstore and strikes a curiosity over the frequent purchaser W. Kane. She too is hiding a secret that hinges her happiness.
There’s lots of character growth and even a bit of mystery but I don’t want to give too much away. Grandma Kane is still in fine form but she’s actually soften and family truths are finally revealed. Lia’s writing is going from strength to strength. Loved it. Hanging to reread.
I was given an ARC but plan on buying a paperback copy.