Featuring Liora Blake’s signature “funny, endearing, and more than a little hot” (Library Journal) style, the third novel in the Grand Valley series features a rough-talking game warden going toe-to-toe with a TV star who unexpectedly turns his life upside down.
Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.
But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.
As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.
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Today’s review is going to be a rather short one, I hope y’all don’t mind.
I want to start off by saying I wasn’t a fan of this book and surprisingly, I don’t have much to say about it. I tried very hard to get into this story but most times I found myself barely skimming through the pages and not really interested in what would happen next. Both main characters in the book, Amber and Branden, are hunters so the book revolves around that topic. I’m not into hunting or activities that involve guns—since I’m scared of them—and that alone made it very hard to like the story (yeah, I didn’t read the synopsis don’t kill me).
Amber and Braden were a pain in my ass while reading this book.
Most times I found Amber to be a very shallow character. Here’s a bit of a spoiler but there’s a scene where something emotional happened and the next thing Amber did was take a selfie. I get that she’s famous or whatnot but I really hated that she did that.
And I found Branden being very obnoxious and very nitpicking. He would judge Amber for eating sugar, l mean what the heck.
The only things I loved about the book were Braden’s dog and the banter between Amber and Braden.
For the past week I’ve been on a mini reading slump caused by me binge watching Netflix/Outlander and weirdly enough, I thought this book would get me out of it. Turns out it pushed me deeper into my slump. The point to this mini story is that I want everyone to know I probably would have enjoyed this book more if I weren’t so distracted at the moment. I always say don’t knock it until you try it and I truly think a lot of you are really going to enjoy this book.
2 / 5 flowers
Massive thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.