“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Running Wild. This book has a heroine who is a smart ass, funny, likable, and strong. The hero is a contemporary version of an Old West cowboy/rancher.
Carlin Reed is on the run from a creepy stalker. Actually, this stalking is ratcheted up several degrees when he kills a friend of hers mistaking her for Carlin. And he's a cop and a computer hacker par excellence. Carlin ends up in Battle Ridge Wyoming working first as a waitress in a diner and then as a cook/housekeeper at a ranch.
Her experiences with learning to cook for a large group of men were very funny. The flaming biscuits were my favorite. Lol. But over time she manages and comes to view her job, the ranch hands, and her boss as family.
A. Z. "Zeke" Decker is one tough hombre rancher. He is at a loss because his long-time housekeeper/cook leaves to go live with her daughter. Against his better judgment he hires Carlin.
I thought all of the characters came to life. I could really see Carlin and Zeke and Spencer and Walt. The story was quite literally a page turner. I didn't want to put it down.
I especially liked that the villain, the stalker, got his just desserts. He was creepy in the extreme, not to mention maniacally dangerous. I wondered if Carlin was his first victim.
It was good to read a book co-authored by Linda Howard that reminded me of her earlier books. I hope there will be more.”