Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Wilde Riders by Savannah Young

Title:  Wilde Riders
Series:  Old Town Country Romance #1
Author:  Savannah Young
Published:  Feb 11/14 by Short on Time Books
Length:  188pgs
Format:  ebook
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  bought
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:


WILDE RIDERS is the first novel in a spicy new contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. WILDE RIDERS can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.

Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can’t believe he’s coming back. But his late father’s bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper’s help.

Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers.

Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she’s stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can’t wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her…until she meets Cooper Wilde. He’s not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.

Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

My Review:

In some ways this is your typical first novel in a series. There’s lots of detail where you get to know the various characters and the town the story is set in. I really appreciate how Young does this, however. There is a bit of an info dump in the first chapter, but the rest is worked in throughout the novel. This novel (and the series) takes off right from the get-go. Young drew me in with her realistic, down to earth characters and kept me there with the captivating storyline. The story is emotional yet entertaining in the best of ways.

You really get down, dirty, and personal with these characters. Young writes in the first person, flipping between the two main characters, letting the readers into their lives and their minds. The romance between the main characters in this novel may be of the whirlwind variety, but it is still real, true romance. Young makes everything so believable. Oh, and I love Riley’s take on cows. It rivals me with chickens so I couldn’t stop laughing and it made it oh so easy to identify with her on that extra level that you rarely see in novels.

Overall? This was a brilliant read. I loved getting to know Old Town and its residents, as well as falling in love with these main characters. I’m glad I ventured out into the world of this new (to me) author and will be eagerly reading the rest of the series.

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