River Wild by Samantha Towle
Title: River Wild
Author: Samantha Towle
Genres: Contemporary/ Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 12, 2019
A new town. A new identity. Pregnant and alone.
And far away from a past that can never find me.
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.
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River Wild by Samantha Towle
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"News flash: I'm not nice. And I don't want to be nice. Some people like being assholes. I'm one of those people."
The author took me on a painful, emotional journey with this story. Just being inside the heads of the characters as they faced their demons, both past and present, was gut-wrenching. I found myself wishing for a superhero cape so that I could fly in and rip them from the grip of their monsters. But instead, I could do nothing but suffer along with them as they dealt with their demons.
I'm very drawn to stories with broken characters. It's so inspiring to see someone survive and prosper in spite of overwhelming obstacles. That's the hope in my heart with every story, but there's never a guarantee that will be the outcome. Sometimes love isn't enough and sometimes wishing doesn't produce miracles. Through dual POV I experienced the devastating events that molded these extraordinary characters into the damaged adults that I came to respect and love. My heart wept for them and I yearned for a fairytale ending that would reward them for time served in hell.
I congratulate the author for doing such a beautiful job of tackling some touchy subjects. I also commend her for creating such an adorable asshole in River Wild. He's downright mean to his beautiful neighbor, but his offensive behavior doesn't scare her away. She's already been through hell so his darkness doesn't threaten her. "He can handle the bad. It's the good that he's terrified of." If he isn't careful, she might shine her light in his direction, and he'll be lost for sure.
SAMANTHA TOWLE is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling 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 and The Revved Series, and stand-alones, Trouble, When I Was Yours, The Ending I Want, Unsuitable, Wardrobe Malfunction, Breaking Hollywood, Under Her and Sacking the Quarterback, which was written with James Patterson. She has also written paranormal romances, The Bringer and The Alexandra Jones Series. All of her books are penned to the 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.