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Brightwater Book Two
Brightwater #3
Lia Riley
Releasing Oct 20th, 2015
Avon Impulse
third sexy and emotional novel in debut Avon author Lia Riley’s Brightwater
series set in the mountains of Northern California
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
After her Hollywood life went up in
smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and returned to
Brightwater to care for her ailing father. Spending her days in a small
bookstore, her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man.
Quinn is determined to 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 flameout or will he be able to tame the wildness inside
and rekindle a hope for their future?


It had been a while since he’d been in the company of any woman who wasn’t a medical professional or intimately involved with his brothers. Also, as much as he didn’t want to admit it, he had a type and this forward, strong-looking woman fit it right down to that thick wavy brown hair pulled back at the nape of her long sexy neck. 
Necks were underrated female geography. He loved how they tasted when he kissed them there, how they smelled as he nuzzled. 
Equally fascinating was her lush mouth, how the corner remained quirked on one side despite the natural pout, as if in perpetual secret amusement. 
This woman was bright, spunky, and happy, despite her father’s miserable situation. His heart sank. He had nothing to offer someone like her, not when his whole world had burned to a cinder. 
He shook himself inwardly, not moving a muscle. No point succumbing to the ugly truth, however true. Maybe he could pretend to be a normal guy for the night. Normal except for the scars, the missing leg, and the fact he hadn’t spoken to a living soul since Sawyer dropped off his groceries six days ago, and was tongue-tied around strangers at the best of times. 
What would Archer do? His younger brother was good with people, especially the ladies. He’d navigate this situation like a pro. 
She gave him a tentative smile, probably because he was staring at her like a loon. 
Compliments. Women like compliments. 
“Your teeth are real white,” Wilder blurted. Goddamn it, the words hung over them like a comic strip balloon. He wished for a string to grab on to, so he could stuff the idiocy back into his mouth, swallow it down. 
“Excuse me?” Her shoulders jerked as her lips clamped, clearly not anticipating the awkward flattery. 
At least he hadn’t said how much he liked her neck. Yet. 

Damn, this was a mistake. He wasn’t good with people. Didn’t like people. Didn’t need people. 

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My Review : 

Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley is the 3rd
book in the Brightwater series. And as I did not read the previous books I am
always torn if I should choose to read a book right out of the middle – even if
it sounds like it could be read as a standalone. But to my pleasant surprise
the reader has not need to worry in this case – it can be read as a standalone
novel without problems.

Sometimes those “small town” series are missing out
story wise but have great character development. Author have a lot of time from
book to book to create good backgrounds but while doing that some of them
overlook the actual story.

So my second pleasant surprise was that the story not
only circles around the two main characters but that there is also a mystery
included. In addition, I have to admit – I was wrong with my guess at first –
so it is indeed a quite good mystery too – so it is obvious that Lia Riley took
a lot of effort in the development of this book.

With Quinn and Wilder the author created two very
complex and intriguing characters, that the reader cannot help but fall in love
with both of them

The book is written flawless and should appeal to
lovers of the general “Beauty and the Beast” theme – so please enjoy 

Lia Riley writes offbeat
New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of
Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack,
overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka
with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in
Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward
Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn’t mind.
Much. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good
tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about
future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip.
Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

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