Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Tour for Wilde Riders by Savannah Young (Review & GIVEAWAY)

To start the week off on a high note I'm introducing you to a new series featuring four brothers who are sexy with lots of emotional baggage to unravel.  The first book, Wilde Riders by Savannah Young, is an engaging read with lots of appealing characters to inhabit future installments.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book, along with my impressions of it, and make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 Amazon GC too!

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.


As I pull into Old Town the place looks exactly like I thought it would. The buildings in the town square are old and I image the place hasn’t changed much in the last hundred years or so.
Haymakers is just past the town square, down the hill from the deli, next to the gas station. Those were the exact directions I was given, in those words. I take that to mean the town only has one gas station and one deli.
When I pull into the parking lot, there’s only one other vehicle sitting there. It’s an old beat-up Dodge Ram. Nothing like fitting the country bumpkin stereotype like a glove. Then I have a brief moment of panic and wonder if it’s safe to park my BMW in the dirt lot. Then I remind myself where I am. Who is going to mess with it in the middle of the day? A stray deer from the woods out back? The only thing I probably have to worry about is it getting dusty.
I take in a deep breath. I have to be thankful there’s no manure smell yet. The quicker you do this, I remind myself, the quicker you can get back to the lovely asphalt jungle you call home.
I’m hit with a gust of wind as soon as I get out of my car. How is it possible that Old Town is even windier than lower Manhattan? I didn’t think I’d ever find a place windier than Wall Street. Even the Windy City didn’t seem this windy when I had business in Chicago.
When I enter the bar, I try to smooth down my thick hair, which I know is probably a complete mess from the gust. I’m surprised by the homey feel of the place. How could someone like me possibly feel at home in a country bar? Even if I was wearing jeans and cowboy boots, if I even owned jeans and cowboy boots, I wouldn’t fit in at a place like this.  
I hear someone clear his throat and I turn to see a guy about my age, mid-twenties, standing next to me. I can’t help my surprise when I see he’s wearing khakis and a polo shirt, like he just stepped off a golf course. He looks as out of place in this country bar as I feel.
“Are you Jake Wilde?” I ask.
The guy gives me the faintest hint of a smile but it’s almost as if it pains him to give that much. His deep brown eyes look even more distressed and I can’t help but wonder what’s behind those sad eyes.
He rakes his fingers through his thick dark hair. “A little windy out, isn’t it?”
My hand automatically goes to my hair and I try to casually flatten it down again. I imagine I must look like I just stepped out of a wind tunnel.
“Your hair looks fine,” the guy tries to assure me. But he’s got that hint of a smile on his face again and it makes me wonder if he’s lying just to make me feel better.
“I’m Cooper Wilde,” the guy says as he offers a hand.
I don’t know why I suddenly feel nervous about shaking it. It’s a business meeting. That’s what people do. But the way this guy is looking at me gives me the feeling that he might be interested in more than just business.
But I’m not, I remind myself. Not only because I’ve all but sworn off men, I’m here to do a job. I’ve been working for H & C Bank for two years and this is my first solo assignment as a lead investigator. If I continue to do well, I’ll be well on my way to becoming a Vice President before I turn thirty. I don’t need a man to throw me off my career trajectory. And definitely not some guy in a country bar in rural New Jersey.
I take his hand and give it a quick shake but I can’t bring myself to look into his smoldering eyes again. “I’m Riley Smith.”
“I figured that,” Cooper says.
“Why is that?”
That hint of a smile has returned to his face again. “We don’t often get women in business suits in the bar.”
I’m not sure why I’m suddenly overcome with the urge to get a real smile out of Cooper Wilde. I don’t know even know the guy but it somehow seems important. I get the feeling he hasn’t really smiled in a while and it’s long overdue.
Not that I’ve had much occasion for real smiles myself lately.
“My brother will be here in a minute or two. He’s just printing a few documents from the computer. Purchase orders and receipts.”
I nod and look around the place. From the outside, I thought it was going to be a dive but the place actually has character. I can tell the wooden bar is old, and it lookshand carved, as do the barstools. There’s a large stage area that looks new. That’s one of the expenses I was charged with investigating. I try to image what the place looks like filled with patrons watching a local band play on a Friday night.



As the first book in the Old Town Country Romance series, the groundwork is nicely laid out for what comes next as happiness will befall each brother when they least expect it, but when they need it most, as each is struggling with emotional and physical pain.  The first brother to meet his match is Cooper, who from the outside appears to have everything going for him.  Everyone in town and his own brothers think he's perfect and led a charmed life, but Cooper is feeling adrift with his sole focus on gaining wealth and separating himself as much as possible from his country boy past.  A quick visit home changes his life dramatically though and opens his eyes as to what's really important and helps him deal with the jealousy he's always felt towards his older brother Jake.  To win over city girl Riley, Cooper embraces his country boy persona and realizes how rich small town living really is.  He's more carefree and happier away from the bustle and stress of Wall Street and more expressive in his affections.  He comes to realize that things aren't as important as who you are and it's what's in your heart and soul that truly define you.  

Riley is all about work too.  She has goals for her future that involve an expensive car and reaching the top of her field by age 30 which leaves no room for love and family.  It's not hard to stay away from love as all of her dates are devoted to work and wealth in the attempt to impress.  Coming to a small town in the country has her forming all sorts of preconceived notions that are quickly blown away by the sexy, serious-minded, and intense Cooper.  Their attraction is instantaneous and takes a steamy yet sweet path to HEA as he shows her all the small yet satisfying things in life.  From a country fair to a sunset to a glimpse of family he shows her that happiness comes in small packages and she too comes to realize that chasing what you think you want leads to a dead end of unhappiness.  Riley is a likable heroine who's so uptight when we first see her but as she starts to experience life and affection she becomes carefree and fun-loving.  A small misunderstanding late in the story causes a slight ripple in her and Cooper's HEA but is thankfully quickly resolved and leads to a rousingly sweet and heartwarming epilogue.

From start to finish I found myself fully immersed in this story and its engaging characters.  Each brother is vividly depicted and unique in their personality traits.  Each is emotionally, and in the case of Tucker physically, scarred which leads them to lashing out or internalizing their unhappiness.  There's friction between the brothers, particularly Jake and Cooper, and this dichotomy adds to the heartache the brothers are going through and has me hoping they'll be healed by some worthy heroine.  Cooper and Riley are wonderful together, sexy and sweet in their interactions which made their burgeoning romance delightful to witness.  The storyline is straightforward with no Big Misunderstandings to get in the way, just a heartwarming story that brings out the best in both the hero and heroine.  This book is a wonderful start to what promises to be a compelling series with to die for heroes and I can't wait for Tucker's story, which is next, as he's got many demons to overcome and I plan on being there!

My rating for this is an A-

*I received this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.


Romance novelist Savannah Young grew up in rural northwest New Jersey in a place very similar to the fictional Old Town, which is featured in her books. When she's not at her computer creating spicy stories, Savannah is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me on your website! I'm glad you enjoyed the book!