Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blog Tour Stop & Giveaway ~ Old Town Country Romance Series by Savannah Young

Wilde Riders
Series- Old Town Country Romance Series Book #1
By- Savannah Young
Genre- Contemporary Romance


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.

If you like your trucks loud, your beer cold and your men'll love WILDE RIDERS.

I notice Cooper now has the papers in his hand. Without saying anything, he sits down and I follow.
I think this is everything you’ll need as far as the fraud investigation is concerned. We’ve got purchase orders for all of the improvements as well as receipts for the completed work. You’re sitting at one of the new tables right now. And you can see the new stage from here. I’d be happy to take you up to the new roof, if you’d like to see it.”
Cooper pushes the stack of papers toward me. I quickly thumb through them. I’ll make a few phone calls when I get back into the city to verify everything and cover my butt. At first glance, though, everything looks clean. It doesn’t seem like a case of fraud, more likely poor bookkeeping.
The loan hasn’t been paid in months,” I say even though that’s not really my department. I’m here only for the fraud investigation. They’ll be dealing with someone else regarding the default on the loan.
I know,” Cooper says, and I can see more darkness overshadow his already dark eyes. “I’m going to try and fix that.”
Jake comes back with three bottles of water. “Bottle okay or would you like a glass?” he asks.
Bottle is fine,” I say.
Jake sets the bottles down on the table and takes the seat right next to me. I’m a little taken aback by how much space he commands. And not just because of his size. It’s his energy—his being—that’s so large.
So what did I miss?” Jake asks.
Cooper eyes his brother and I can see there’s a little bit of animosity between them. Or at least there is on Cooper’s part. Jake seems kind of oblivious to it.
Cooper rubs his temple and says, “I was just telling Miss Smith that we’re willing to cooperate with her investigation in any way we can. I’ve given her all of the documents she’ll need.”
Great,” Jake says. He gives me another one of his charming smiles then looks at me like he’s undressing me with his eyes.
I reflexively pull my suit jacket tighter even though I’m revealing nothing. I’m wearing a conservative button-down banker’s suit but I still feel like Jake can see through it somehow.
I’ll look at the papers more closely when I get back to the city. I assume these are copies I can take with me?”
Of course,” Cooper replies. The guy is all business. It’s in sharp contrast to his brother who seems more like a non-stop-party kind of guy.
Did you decide if you want to see the roof?” Cooper asks.
When Jake laughs, Cooper glares at him.
What?” Jake says. “If that’s supposed to be a pick up line, you’ve got a lot of work to do.”
It’s not a pick-up line,” Cooper says through clenched teeth.
Still grinning, Jake asks, “You’re really going to show her the roof?”
It’s not necessary,” I state. The last place I want to be is in the middle of these two guys’ drama. There’s obviously a lot more going on than just showing me the roof.
Jake leans close to me and I catch a whiff of his cologne. It’s a spicy and masculine. “Why don’t you let me show you the new stage we had built?”
I can feel the heat radiating from his muscular body and I’m quickly reminded by my body’s reaction that I haven’t had sex in over six months.
I gulp. “That’s not necessary.”
I can feel several beads of sweat roll down my forehead. I’m getting hot, and it’s not because of the temperature of the room has changed. It’s Jake’s closeness to me.
I jump from my chair. “I have everything I need.” I feel like waving the papers in front of my face like a fan but I refrain. I just need to get out of the bar and away from Jake. Then I’ll be fine.
That’s what I tell myself anyway.
Cooper rises from the table and gives me an odd look. I wish I could figure out what it would take to make the guy smile but I can’t stay next to Jake a minute longer. He’s like catnip and I’m the cat. I need to escape and get some fresh air.
Thank you both for your cooperation,” I say.
You’ll let us know if you need anything else?” Cooper asks.
I will. It was a pleasure meeting you.” I put out my hand for Cooper to shake.
This time, when he touches me, I make a point of looking into his eyes. They seem to have gotten even darker and deeper in just the last few minutes and that makes me even more curious about him.
Business, I remind myself. You’re here for business and then it’s back to the city.
It was nice meeting you, too,” Cooper says and once again, he only gives me the hint of a smile.
When Jake clears his throat, it breaks the moment between me and Cooper. I’m embarrassed that I lost control. I’m supposed to be a professional.
I noticed Jake has his hand out and I realize he wants me to shake it. The last thing I want is to do is touch Jake. I don’t want to get caught up in his charismatic web like a fly.
I give him a ridiculous wave instead and I feel like an idiot when he frowns.
I’d better get going,” I say as I turn and make my way toward the door.
When I look back at the two brothers, they’re both staring at me. I don’t know why that makes me so nervous. I don’t plan on ever seeing either one of them again.
When I’m finally outside, I take in a deep breath of what I think will be fresh air and instead, I’m assaulted by the small of cow manure.
Great. Just great.
I hop into my car and turn the air conditioning up as high as it will go. I take in another deep breath and try to get the stench of cow dung out of my nasal passages.
I can’t believe I’m shaking. I’m not sure if it’s because of Cooper or Jake. Maybe it’s a little of both. But I’m definitely rattled.
I just need to get out of Old Town and get back to the city, I tell myself. Then things will get back to normal.
As I put the car into reverse and begin to pull out of my parking space, I keep thinking: I just need to get out of here and get back to the city.
When I step on the accelerator to go forward, I drive right into an old Chevy pick-up truck that’s headed straight for me.

****4 -Old Town Country- Stars****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

The last thing I want is to be a hick from the sticks again. I've worked too hard to rid myself of that stigma. I'm never going to be that guy again.

I am normally a badass-biker/rocker/fighter kinda girl and my go-to books usually tend to lean more towards the darker/grittier/dirtier side....however, I have always had a soft spot for cowboys, so a series of four Wilde brothers, who have their own band, sounded like a helluva good time ;)
I was not wrong, these guys promise to keep things interesting. Four brothers, four different personalities, all hott in their own way with their own set of insecurities, all taking place in small rural 'Old Town, New Jersey' where everyone knows everyone and everything that goes on. See, sounds like a recipe for a whole lotta fun.

she's not mine.
But I want her to be. And that's a complete shock to me.
A relationship at this point in my life is definitely not part of the plan. I've always put my career first and it's served me well so far. I'm on my way to becoming a Vice President before I turn thirty. I definitely don't need a relationship to throw me off my career path.

Cooper Wilde couldn't wait to flee small town USA and that's exactly what he did the minute he graduated high school, and never looked back. Now twenty-six years old, he's a successful wall-street man living in New York, but a call from his older brother Jake has him going back home to help save the family's bar, Haymakers, from financial ruin. He has no intentions of sticking around, he has shed his 'country boy' skin and has no desire to get it back, he will help get the bar back in order and run back to NY the minute he's able...til he meets Riley.
Riley Smith has just landed her first solo assignment at work, H & C Bank, and desperately wants to make a good impression on her bosses. She is being sent to Old Town NJ to investigate a loan made to a little bar named Haymakers. Considering she is only a few hours from home in NY, she is shocked when she lands in Old Town and feels like she has stepped foot into a completely different world than she has ever experienced before. All she wants to do is wrap this job up as quickly as possible and head back home...til she meet Cooper.
The minute these two lay eyes on each other, they feel a connection that goes beyond the obvious lust. But a series of little white lies...or omissions in this case...may destroy anything they could have before it even has a chance to fully develop. What happens when the truth comes out?

Cooper is dark and brooding and intense. And every bit of his intensity is now focused on me. He's looking at me like he would give anything to posses me. And every part of my body feels ready and willing to be possessed by him.

The only real problem I had with this book was the very large presence of insta-love. Anyone who knows me or has read my reviews before knows how much that shit Drives. Me. Crazy. I have no problem with insta-lust, who does, but I need more of a build up before I'm feeling the stirrings of love. Other than that, this was a fab start to what promises to be an exciting series. With so many intriguing characters involved with these four amazing brothers, it's anyone's guess where things go from here. One thing is for sure, it won't be boring.

I'm also the country guy from rural New Jersey. I've been that guy my whole life. It's not a lie. But I'm also that guy in New York that you say you've dated a million times. Can't you see that I'm not just one thing? You can't just put people into a single category so you have a little box to check off. Oh, he's a hick. He's a Wall Streeter. People are a lot more complex than that.

Wilde Riders is a story about four brothers and their alternative country band. This romance novel is unique in that it includes the lyrics of an original song by singer/songwriter Dan Patrick Fulton. The song, “Summer” is the first song the Wilde Riders play when they are reunited.
Here’s a link to the song: Summer

And here are the lyrics:

The hem of your dress swings wide and wild
Calls to me like an open field
calls to a child
Those twirling layers swing and sway
They beckon to me without words
What do they say?
It's like a language old and rare
Something for which I'm unprepared
I find myself in warming winds
The sunlight shining in your heart
Glows from within
The season's feeling grows again
It's not been like this since I can't
Remember when
Soft reflections in your eyes
Like embers as the fire dies
Summer whispers to me
Calls me out from what I know
Do I dare go?
Summer spirits move me
Send me spinning like a wheel
It's so unreal
The hem of your dress it settles down
The night is cool and dark and still
And filled with sound
But still you linger in the air
And if I reach out in the dark
Will you be there?



The Wilde One
Series- Old Town Country Romance Series Book #2 (Can be read out of order)
By- Savannah Young
Genre- Contemporary Romance

THE WILDE ONE is the second novel in the spicy contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. Each novel in the OLD TOWN COUNTRY ROMANCE series can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.


Tucker Wilde joined the United States Army right out of high school and was injured in Iraq. But more than just his leg was shattered in the Middle East. The war also crushed his spirit and damaged his soul. When a strange couple arrives at his family’s bar, Haymakers, Tucker can see signs of mental and emotional abuse and is immediately drawn to the lovely but fragile girl seated at his bar.

Gracie Parker has been a victim of abuse her entire life. When her boyfriend, Dex, beats her in the parking lot of Haymakers and abandons her, it’s almost too much for the nineteen-year-old to bear. That is until Tucker appears like a warrior knight from the darkness to save her.

Tucker and Gracie are two broken people who are immediately drawn together. But their relationship and even their very lives are threatened by Dex who will stop at nothing to get Gracie back.

If you like your trucks loud, your beer cold and your men'll love THE WILDE ONE.

You look different,” Savage says, then downs the last of his pint of ale.
Different how?” I prod even though I have an idea what he’s going to say. I look more normal. Like I fit into society rather than looking like an outcast.
Savage shrugs. He’s never been a person of many words. We’re like two peas in a pod that way. Even though he rarely says very much, with just one sideways glance Savage can have the biggest and meanest guys on the planet shaking in their cowboy boots.
People say that about me too.
Do you want another?” I ask, even though I can guess his response. Savage always orders two pints and drinks them at the far corner of the bar. There are worse ways of coping with the past than drinking a few beers every night before he goes home to an empty apartment. I should know. I’m a master of poor coping skills.
Hit me,” Savage says.
I pour him another pint and take away the empty.
You look good.”
I’m surprised by the compliment. I’d never use the word good to describe anything about me. But I do look better than I have since I got back from Iraq.
Drink your beer,” I tell him because I’m not in the mood to explain what’s been going on in my life.
Savage was in Iraq about the same time I was and he’s the closest thing I’ve got to a friend. I’m not one for relationships. Life is too short and relationships are too painful. When you get close to someone, you usually just end up getting hurt.
But like me, Savage isn’t the type of guy who gets too close to people. The most obvious reason is the way he looks: he’s big and scary. Also just like me.
Savage and I lift weights together, and in a fight it would be a close match. Not that either of us would ever start a fight but we would definitely end one if we had to.
It’s a weeknight and the bar is almost deserted except for a few of the regulars. That’s why I’m surprised when I see a couple I don’t recognize walk in and look around. The guy’s wearing all leather and carrying two helmets, so he’s obviously a biker. He looks about my height, six feet two inches and he’s big. The girl looks tiny standing next to him. She’s the definition of the word waif. She looks like a strong wind could pick her up and blow her away. Not a good thing in Old Town where it’s windy most of the time.
The most interesting thing about her, though, is her coloring. I’ve never seen someone so fair in my life. I’m the only blond in my family but I’m not even close to this girl. Her long hair is so light it’s practically white. And her skin is the color of milk. She looks like a princess who just stepped out of a fairytale, as corny as that sounds.
I can’t help but notice that she doesn’t look like she wants to be here. Or maybe she doesn’t want to be with the guy. It’s hard to tell. But she doesn’t look happy. If anything, she looks scared.
As the couple steps closer to the bar, I can see the girl is shaking. I’m not sure whether she’s shaking because she’s scared, or because it’s January and it’s freezing outside and she’s wearing a tiny spring jacket that barely fits. It almost looks like a jacket for a kid it’s so small on her. Not that she’s much bigger than a kid herself.
What kind of an asshole wears a thick leather jacket while he lets his girl freeze? I’m really not liking this guy at all. And when I see him grab her by the elbow, so roughly she almost comes off the floor, I can feel every hair on my body stand at attention.
Is it possible to hate a guy I don’t even know?

****4 ½ Wrecked & Damaged Stars****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Do you always so the right thing?”
“I always try to do the right thing. Sometimes it's not easy to figure out what's right and sometimes you don't understand what was right until you reflect on the decisions you already made.
You ask some really deep questions.”
She smiles. “You've got some really deep answers.”

Wow, the Wilde Brothers are back and the ride this time around is more intense than ever. After the first book being a pretty light read, intensity wise, I wasn't expecting this book to be packing the emotional punch that it was- I should have know better. This was Tuckers story after all, and after meeting him in the previous book and getting just a small taste of his personality and a little bit of his background, this book was bound to get messy and boy did it ever. What's more is he managed to find himself a girl who was just as damaged as he was. These two broke my heart yet their determination was incredible, just a beautiful story of learning how to heal and discovering your self-worth.

I would take away all of her sadness if I could but I know it's impossible. You've got to work through your sadness in order to get to the other side and be free of it. I know because I've got a lot of my a lot of my own to work through.

Tucker Wilde is the broody, damaged, somewhat mean brother of the family-but with good reason. After joining the Army fresh out of high school, he nearly loses his life in Iraq and comes home a severely damaged man-both physically and mentally. He struggles with his injuries on a daily basis and has closed himself off from forming any type of bond with anyone knowing how quickly everything can be ripped away. That doesn't mean that he's not lonely, he just doesn't believe that any woman would give a man like him, with a bum leg and a boatload of personal demons, the time of day. He is a surly and unapproachable man who tends to scare most people off with just a look...til the day Gracie walks into his family's bar.
When Gracie Parker and her boyfriend aka owner, Dex, walk into Haymakers, Tucker knows from just one look that something is just not quite right with the man. His suspicions are confirmed when, not ten minutes later, he finds Gracie beaten and left on the ground of the parking lot in a bloody sobbing mess. He immediately feels the strongest urge to protect her, picks her up, cleans her off and takes her home where she will be safe when Dex inevitably returns for her. The connection these two feel for each other is instantaneous and a little scary- two damaged souls who will either be able to help heal each other or ultimately destroy one another, they just have to decide if it's worth the risk to their already fragile hearts. Plus, they still have Dex to worry about. They both know they haven't seen the last of him- Gracie is his property and he will reclaim her one way or another. How far is Tucker willing to go to protect her?

I lift her up in my arms and she squeals in delight as I carry her upstairs. I can't help but feel like a little bit of a caveman. Is it bad that I kind of like it?

Once again, my only real complaint is the same one I had for Book One- the overwhelming presence of insta-love. That really does drive me insane. But in the words of Tucker Wilde “when the Wilde brothers fall for someone they fall fast and hard”and if anyone deserves some happiness in his life it's Tucker Wilde-so who am I to judge. One other thing that kinda bothered me was the brothers themselves at times- Jake & Cooper specifically. Those two showed a very hypocritical side to themselves that I didn't expect, an 'it's okay for me to do this but not you' attitude that just rubbed me the wrong way. There were a few times that I wanted to reach into my kindle and smack them. But when it comes right down to it, they are always there for each other in the end so I was able to forgive it....eventually. Now I have the next book to look forward to- Hunter's story. I'm curious what he will bring us, we haven't really gotten a chance to know him all that well in the first two books which just leaves me....curious.

We are both broken. And maybe that's why we feel so connected and like we know each other so well. We're two broken pieces that seem to fit together and somehow that makes us feel more whole.

THE WILDE ONE is a story about four brothers and their alternative country band. This romance novel is unique in that it includes the lyrics of an original song by singer/songwriter Dan Patrick Fulton. “Road Song” is the number they perform in the second book of the series The Wilde One.
Here are the lyrics
Five hundred miles of highway stretch before me,
It takes so long to get to where I go,
Five hundred miles, I don't know which end home is,
But Lord I'm feeling right at home out on the road
'Cause that old song is playing on the radio,
And that old song is singing out my creed,
That old guitar will bring me such sweet comfort,
And on the road that old guitar is all I need
When everything is changing,
And I can't seem to find my place,
When my life keeps rearranging,
That change blows cold against my face
Five hundred miles, awash in mass confusion,
And thing's ain't clear as each one passes by,
And it's too hard to see through life's illusions,
But I know I've got nothing left to do but try
When everything is changing,
And I can't seem to find my place,
When my life keeps rearranging,
That change blows cold against my face
When nothing stays the way it is, and nothing turns out like I wished,
When nothing feels the way it should, and I’m not feeling quite as good,
And when I travel all alone, that southern music saves my soul,
When all I love has passed me by, that southern music makes me fly
'Cause that old song is easing all my worry,
And that old song is heaven as I ride,
Five hundred miles, but I ain't got no hurry,
'Cause when I reach the end I'll miss the other side.

Jake Wilde The oldest of the Wilde brothers. Jake runs their family bar, Haymakers, and is the lead singer of their country band, WILDE RIDERS. Read more about Jake in WILDE TIMES (Book Four of the Old Town Country Romance series).

Cooper Wilde- Cooper left Old Town when he went away to college and never looked back. He’s a Columbia graduate and works on Wall Street. When he plays with his brothers’ band, WILDE RIDERS, he plays guitar.

Tucker Wilde- Tucker served his country in Iraq and was seriously injured. He works with Jake at the family bar, Haymakers, and plays guitar with WILDE RIDERS. Read more about Tucker in THE WILDE ONE (Book Two of the Old Town Country Romance series).

Hunter Wilde- The youngest of the Wilde brothers, Hunter is quiet but driven. His life’s goal is to be a police officer. He plays drums with WILDE RIDERS. Read more about Hunter in A WILDE NIGHT (Book Three of the Old Town Country Romance series).

Harley Davis- Harley grew up next door to the Wilde brothers. The Wilde boys think of her as their little sister. She works at Haymakers.

Riley Smith- Riley works as a fraud investigator at a bank in New York. She was sent by the bank to investigate a loan they made to Haymakers. She’s a city girl at heart but gets charmed by the Wilde brothers.

Gracie ParkerGracie was raised by a drug addicted mother who is serving time in prison. She’s alone in the world except for Dex, the boyfriend who abuses her.
DexDex is Gracie’s abusive boyfriend. Her beat her up and left her in the parking lot of Haymakers.

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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