I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley
Series: Brightwater #3
Genres: Adult, 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?
There is little I love more than a feel-good contemporary romance. After loving Lia Riley’s Right Wrong Guy, I just couldn’t pass up the chance to read Best Worst Mistake, the third book in Riley’s Brightwater series. Best Worst Mistake was completely adorable, and I loved every minute I spent reading it.
Two things really make me just love Best Worst Mistake. First, it has this Beauty and the Beast feel, and second, the heroine’s name is Quinn. Quinn, you guys! I have never, ever, in my whole life (that’s 32 years) read a book with the heroine having my name. So that was totally awesome. But even besides the superficial name thing, and the Beauty and the Beast feel, this book was just so good.
The hero of the story is Wilder Kane. He’s recovering from a terrible accident from his former job as a Smoke Jumper, and is dealing with some heavy issues. First is the more obvious issue is his Smoke Jumper injury, which resulted in the loss of one his legs. Not an easy thing to overcome, but Wilder is doing well physically. But he has emotional scars. And then there is an issue that’s inside his head from long ago. He’s struggling be back in his home town, and he’s appears grumpy and gruff. It’s pretty clear, though, that he is really a softie and a gentleman.
Quinn is awesome, too. Besides her totally awesome name (;)) Quinn is also a major book lover and works at a book store. She’s cheerful and nice and personable, and really I couldn’t help but love her. She also has some issues. Her father has early onset Alzheimer’s and all the work that comes with that has fallen on Quinn’s shoulders. And, Quinn fears that early onset Alzheimers will be in her future as well.
Quinn and Wilder together are such a good couple. Seriously, they are so adorable it’s nauseating – in the best way. Quinn deals with Wilder’s gruffness well, and he can’t help but fall for her, either. I love that they communicated with each other. There weren’t Big Mistunderstandings, or drama-rama stuff. Seriously, I cannot recommend Lia Riley’s Brightwater books enough, and Best Worst Mistake is one of the best.