Best Worst Mistake (Brightwater Series #3)

Best Worst Mistake (Brightwater Series #3)

by Lia Riley

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Best Worst Mistake (Brightwater Series #3) by Lia Riley

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?

An Avon Romance

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062403803
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/20/2015
Series: Brightwater Series , #3
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 119,353
File size: 951 KB

About the Author

After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley 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 fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

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Best Worst Mistake 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Wilder is a complicated character. He;s shut himself off like a wounded animal. Quinn is the answer to a prayer. She has her own pain to work through but in Wilder she sees a man who not only needs a friend but love as well. Quinn represents what Wilder never thought to regain his dreams. This is a story of healing. The story is rich with emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best nove?s I have read in a ?ong time
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Wilder Kane likes to walk on the wild side, and push the limits of life, so being a smoke jumper for a living makes perfect sense. The adrenaline rush it provides feeds his incessant need to test the limits and also gives him the opportunity to make amends with a mistake he made in the past. But living life dangerously comes with great risk, and after a unforeseeable accident leaves Wilder with a career ending injury, he is left feeling like his life is over... that is until a feisty women shows up on his doorstep and helps him to see that he still has plenty of life left to live. Quinn Higsby left the Hollywood limelight behind to return home to Brightwater to care for her ailing father, and rebuild her life. Returning home wasn't really equated into her life plan, but after losing her job and her father's early Alzheimer's diagnosis she felt like moving home was her best option. So far her new life is proving to be just what she needed, working in the bookstore has provided her with a sense of peace she so desperately needed, and given her a new sense of purpose. Everything in her life seems to be falling right into place... that is until her father decides to go out venturing on his own and leads her on a wild goose chase and lands her at the home of a handsome and brooding man that is in desperate need of saving... This series has been one of my favorite literary discoveries this year, each installment has been packed with laugh out loud humor, a touch of mystery, steamy romance, and story lines that are destined to capture your heart! I have to say that is my favorite story in the series to date, Wilder and Quinn's story captured my attention right from the start and had me flying right through the pages, and staying up well past my bedtime because I could not wait to see how their story would end! I think it is safe to say Ms. Riley has another hit on her hands with this one, she is truly a gifted storyteller! Highly recommend you add this one to the top of your reading list, it is sure to leave you with a happy heart and a smile on your face!! ARC requested through Edelweiss and kindly provided by Avon Impulse Publishing in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
NicoleUlery More than 1 year ago
A perfect little small-town romance with a firefighter and someone who works at a bookstore. That should be all you need to know to want to pick up this book. This is the second book I've read in the Brightwater series. When a smoke jumper gets injured during a wildfire, he retreats home with his family where he is determined to become a hermit. He places anonymous book orders to the local bookshoppe, where Quinn fills them, intrigued by the person placing these eclectic orders. Her father, who has early onset Alzheimer's, wanders from his care home and into Wilder's front yard, Wilder and Quinn meet, and become snowed in during a blizzard. Their attraction just melts off the page and into your heart. I loved seeing the big, gruff Wilder give in to his attraction. Quinn has some hangups, but she's rather self sufficient. I liked the characters. And of course Grandma Kane is still as peachy as always (if you've read the other stories, you'll understand the correct tone). She just wants what is best for her grandsons. Her cantankerous ways are kind of endearing once you realize that she's just being a protector. For lovers of small-town contemporary romance, this is a great series. I definitely look forward to many more by this author. I received a copy of this book via edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book # 3 in the Brightwater series. As usual, I recommend reading this book in order as the author intended. It is for your benefit, and understanding of what occurs inside the story. This book can be a standalone, but is much more fun if read in order. Wilder and Quinn met when she came to his home looking for her father. He had previously only communicated with her by email. Now they meet face to face and are instantly attracted to one another. Wilder has been away from home for a long time. The past chasing him away from his hometown. Now back as what he believes to be a broken man in body and spirit. He is trying to survive from day to day. Quinn, not knowing if she has a future worth living - takes care of her dad and works at the local bookstore. She has moved home after a lousy boss ruined her job. Together, these two could make fire. When in the same room, the sparks they are a flying. I loved the banter! Every character makes you love the book more. Best of the series yet. I cannot wait to see the next installment!! ***This ARC copy was given by edelweiss and its publisher for review purposes only.
TobiForgetHousework More than 1 year ago
Format: eArc Wilder a hottie mctottie fire fighter has been punishing himself his whole life from a mistake he made when he was six years old. He almost gives up and decides to fight for his life. Though when he survives a deadly fire he exists but doesn't live. In walks Quinn fresh from drama in Hollywood she enjoys the small town life and not having to kowtow at celebrities wills. Searching for her father she ends up on Wilder's doorstep and gets stuck due to a massive snow storm. There's an immediate attraction they just need to get past each other's issues from the past. Wilder and Quinn had me up til 2 am reading until I finished their story. If you're looking for an amazing romance that is spicy yet sweet all at the same time. Best Worst Mistake is about overcoming fears and learning to trust and love.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, was a bit disappointed with the second, but Best Worst Mistake is right up there with Last First Kiss! After an accident costs him his leg and his career as a smoke jumper, Wilder returns to Brightwater. He's anti-social, grumpy and has given up on finding someone to build a future with. Quinn is his complete opposite. She's sunshine and rainbows even with everything going on in her life and Wilder is instantly attracted to her. She is the only one who doesn't tip toe around him and slowly brings out the softie hiding beneath his tough guy exterior. Their relationship progresses pretty quick and is full of funny, sweet, sexy, romantic and emotional moments. Highly recommended is you like an alpha hero with a marshmallow center! Looking forward to the next book in the series, hopefully it's about Kit and Goldie - can't wait to find out about their history! 4.5 stars I received an ARC via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Lia Riley has become one of my favorite find authors this year: fun, low angst, drama only when the plot calls for it romances that are loaded with heart, humor and real people that could be your friends. I’ve read this series since the beginning, and each new book gives me that moment of “ooh”. And who can resist the titles – that oxymoronic combination of words that instantly lets readers empathize: we all have (or want) that Last First Kiss, knew the Right Wrong Guy, and have had a Best Worst Mistake. In Best Worst Mistake, we have a woman obviously addicted to her books and romances in Quinn. She’s got several tropes running through her head, and Wilder’s grumpy hermit routine seems just meant to push people away, as he protects his soft squishy underbelly. She’s intrigued and determined to see just what is beneath the smoke-screen, unafraid of his hedgehog-like prickles. These two are adorable together, a true clash of dark and light. While Wilder tends to get inside himself, holding on to a long-ago tragedy and the guilt it has created: Quinn isn’t willing to let life get her down without a fight. And there are plenty of reasons for both to have retreated, but the fact that neither has, really, is the spark that starts this story. Add to the fun banter and growing relationship with Wilder and Quinn by tossing an arsonist into Brightwater, and the story has plenty of twists and moments of danger. The lack of drama from outside forces pushing the couple apart, and Quinn’s ability to break down the multiple barriers that Wilder has placed in her path keeps the story moving forward and intriguing. While the mystery of the arsonist is secondary, the questions around the who and why last to the reveal, and keep our couple from too much navel gazing, or uncomfortable sharing moments: things move naturally from intrigue to depending on one another organically, and leaves you with a smile. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.