Monday, August 13, 2018

Big Mountain by Penny Wylder - Spotlight, Excerpt, and Review

Big Mountain by Penny Wylder
Release Date: August 13th


Author: Penny Wilder
Publication Date:  11 August, 2018
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Stand-Alone
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 
Rating: 3.5 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~ 

Book Description:

Our night of passion was unforgettable.
I'd have loved more time with her, but she was a city girl passing through my lonely mountain village, only here to take photos of our festival.
She had no reason to return. So when she shows up again months later, I'm stunned.
Turns out her job sent her back with some unfinished business. I'd love another taste, but she says she's done with me and plans to leave ASAP. I'm not about to argue...
Until I find out that she's pregnant from our one-night-stand.
And once I know that she's carrying my child inside of her?
I'm never going to let her go.


My Review:

So I am going to admit that I am a little bit torn on this one.  I really liked the whole concept of the story, the suspense and the romance...but somewhere something didn't totally connect with me.  Maybe it was the use of the words Secret Baby in the description, maybe I don't read enough secret baby books to know what constitutes a secret baby, but to me that wasn't a wholly accurate descriptor for this book.  Maybe it was the 'dirty talk' that just didn't hit the mark for me.  For some reason to me especially coming from the heroine Jenna if felt, not forced but not as though it came out of her mouth comfortably even though it was supposed to be.  I think it was in the end just little things that made it harder for me to connect with the story as a whole, that maybe there were too many of those little things going on, a mystery, a secret, not so secret, baby, a dirty talking alpha mountain man who's not totally alpha at all, a professional, single-minded, dirty-ish talking heroine.  I don't know, I am honestly left scratching my head a little.

On the other side though, I have to say that I actually did enjoy the story.  I enjoyed all the separate pieces and wish that there could have been maybe a little more focus on one or the other.  I really enjoyed the suspense side, the who-done-it, though I think part of that is fairly clear from the beginning, but I have to say I was a little shocked by another part of it.  I liked the overall romance of the Hero and Heroine.  I like that they met for one brief passionate night, no qualms, no 'I'm not really that kind of girl', just two adults living their lives the way they want to live them. I liked that it was insta-attaraction but not total insta-love. I loved the Hero's willingness to bend and to be present regardless of the circumstances. that Gil, loves who he is, where he lives, what he does, but it also willing to look outside of his 'box' and see that he can be better with the right woman by his side and that might mean stepping away from that comfort zone and creating a new life, a better life, in a different place and atmosphere.  Jenna is definitely a woman who will be after any female readers heart, she is the kind of woman you would want to be or at least be great friends with.  She's independent, spunky, determined, strong... the list could go on and on.  I loved how she fights for herself and isn't willing to backdown from her own dreams and desires.  The two are a really great couple and (despite my uncomfortableness with the dirty talk from the Heroine) have a really wonderful romance happening between these pages, the steam is all there!

Big Mountain is my first read from Penny Wylder and I will definitely be checking out the rest of her books, because while I am a bit torn on this one there were enough great things that I look forward to seeing what else is out there from her.  My understanding is that this is a longer book for her.  It is not truly novella length but it isn't a full novel length either so it's a fairly quick read when you're looking for a distraction form everyday life!




He’s finished heating up the place now, and he crosses to me until his huge frame blocks the doorway I’m standing in. This close, I can feel the heat, but not from the stoves. It comes off his body, radiating from him like the summer sun. I step closer, until we’re chest-to-chest, and I’m gazing up into those bright eyes of his, mesmerized, entranced. 
“I can see what you mean,” I admit, my voice softer now than it was back at the bonfire when we fired flirty, suggestive comments back and forth at one another. “I like it here too.” 
“Do you now?” His hands are on me again, but touching me lightly this time, teasing. He trails a fingertip up my arm, then back down, leaving a trail of tingles in his wake, the fire stoking inside me to an almost unbearable degree. I feel like another one of his wood stoves. He knows just how to coax the flames in me. “I haven’t even shown you proper Bailey hospitality yet.” From the smirk on his mouth, I can guess what he means.
Still, I ask anyway. “What exactly does that entail?” 
“Well.” He bends closer, eyes trapping mine, until his mouth hovers just inches away from my lips. “First, it would involve escorting you to my bedroom. Then…” His gaze breaks away, drips down my neck to my shirt. “I’d have to take off all those clothes of yours.” 
A shiver traces its way along my spine. “I see. And then?” 
“Then, I’d want you spread-eagled across my bed.” He dips toward me, and I shut my eyes, lips parted in anticipation of a kiss. But he slides right past my mouth, presses his cheek to mine once more, his breath hot on my ear. “After which I’ll be tasting every…” He catches my lobe between his lips, swirls his tongue around my earring, then kisses that soft, tender spot right beneath my ear, where it meets my neck. A spot that always makes me swoon. My knees feel weak under me. “… Inch of you,” he murmurs. His lips kiss down my neck to my collarbone, to the edge just visible under my shirt.
I rock toward him, unable to help myself, my hands drifting up to grip his shoulders for balance. “Mm,” I manage to say, distracted by his lips, his tongue edging along my neck. “And after you’re… satisfied with tasting?” I catch my breath, because he stops kissing my neck then, and draws back and with one finger under my chin, lifts my face toward his. 
“I doubt I’d ever be satisfied with you,” he murmurs, a grin on his mouth. “But once I’ve made you come enough times that you can hardly catch your breath?” His eyes light up, because I have to catch my breath again, this time in a breathy little gasp. “Well, then I’ll fuck you, Jenna.” His hands slide down from my waist, caressing my hips on their way to my ass, which he grabs with both hands, hard enough to lift me half an inch off the floor, and pressing my hips against his, where his stiff cock still digs into my belly, harder than a steel rod. 
“All. Night. Long.”


About the Author:
A USA Today Bestselling author and #1 Amazon bestselling author, Penny Wylder writes what you'd expect-- wild romances. Happily Ever Afters are always better when they're a little dirty, so if you're looking for a page turner that will make you feel naughty in all the right places, jump right in and leave your panties at the door!
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