Monday, January 14, 2019

Release Blitz: River Wild by Samantha Towle

A new town. A new identity. Pregnant and alone. 

And far away from a past that can never find me. 

River Wild.
Moody. Sullen. Asshole.
And my new neighbor.

I have no interest in befriending River. And he definitely doesn’t want to be befriended by me.

Then, he helps me rescue an abandoned dog. And, that day, I see something in his eyes that reflects back in my own. Sadness. Pain. Loneliness.

I know all of those things well.

An unwanted and unexpected friendship that somehow works. Then, without warning, it turns into something more.

River and I both have our secrets, and that’s okay. Because I understand him. And he understands me.

For the first time in my life, I have something I never thought I would have—happiness.

But happiness isn’t forever. Not for people like me.

Especially not when my past is waiting just around the corner, ready to come and take it all away.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Both Carrie and River are broken. He from his childhood, her from her marriage. It's difficult to write reviews for stories like this without spoiling the plot.

Carrie is pregnant and determined to start a new life away from the hell she's been living. So it's Canyon Lake in Texas for her. All seems good, she loves the house, but her neighbor, not so much

He give me one last look of disdain before he turns abruptly and walks inside his house, the door slamming loudly behind him. 

There are lost souls everywhere, some have fur and were kicked to the curb at some point in their lives. When Carrie saves a homeless dog, her world gets a little brighter.

"I'm an idiot for keeping a harmless little dog who has nowhere to live? Well, if that determines an idiot, then I'll happily be one."

River turns out to be the one to help Carrie with her new pet, Buddy.

"I'm not nice, Red."
"If you say so," I say airily. "But I'll think what I think, and I think you're nice." 

Will this truce hold? River seems nice, although the rest of the town loves to gossip about him. No wonder he seems to have such disdain for people.

"I don't see the issue here. So what if I'm friends with him?"
"Because he's dangerous!" Guy exclaims. 
"He is not dangerous," Sadie laughs.
"You can laugh, but how do you know he isn't? Crazy can be passed down genetically, you know."

Carrie will make her own mind up about River, thank you very much. I'm sensing that the other shoe is going to fall real fast.

"I'm telling you what you already know. We're not friends. We'll never be friends. I barely like you on a good day. I just tolerate you because of the way you wander around, looking like a lost, lonely sheep. You just don't seem to get that you're not wanted."

Somebody get a tourniquet, 'cause I think my heart is bleeding out.

River has so many scars and walls, if he lets Carrie in, will she be like every other person in his life to let him down?

Carrie is determined that she will make a life for her baby, one filled with love and protection. River has problems and she has no time for someone who won't treat her with respect. Carrie has her secrets  and River has a ton of his own. Is he finally ready to open up to the right person?

Love is like a river, never ending as it flows but gets greater with time. 

About the Author 

Samantha Towleis a New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling author. She began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.
She is the author of contemporary romances, The Storm Series, The Revved Series, The Wardrobe Series, The Gods Series, and standalones, TroubleWhen I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Under Her, and Sacking the Quarterback which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringerand The Alexandra Jones Series, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, Lana Del Rey, and more of her favorite musicians.
A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

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