RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Rescued by a Stranger by Lizbeth Selvig


Title: Rescued by a Stranger
Author: Lizbeth Selvig
Publication Info: Avon Impulse November 2013
ISBN: 978-0062300386
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Rescued by a Stranger. Waxed shirtless guy in a field with a motorcycle in the background. This RITA® Reader Challenge 2014 review was written by Andi C. This story was nominated for the RITA® in the Contemporary Romance category.

The summary:

A woman full of dreams

When a stranger arrives in town on a vintage motorcycle, Jill Carpenter has no idea her life is about to change. She never expected her own personal knight in shining armor would be an incredibly charming and handsome Southerner—but one with a deep secret.
A man outrunning a tragedy

When Chase Preston jumped on his motorcycle to escape, he didn't expect the perfect woman to fall into his arms … literally! Though he can't deny his feelings for the sweet and beautiful Jill, he doesn't see how he and his mistake-filled past will fit into her bright future.
Falling in love may require more than either can give

The longer Chase stays in Kennison Falls, the more deeply Jill and the people of her community pull him in. As Jill discovers Chase's heroic qualities, she wants to find a home in his arms—if only he'll trust her. But will the truth tear them apart when Chase's past returns to haunt him? Or can they get beyond dreams to gain the love that will rescue their two hearts?

And here is Andi C.'s review:

Rescued by a Stranger puts the pervy saying “Save the horse, ride the man” to rest. With a little patience and love, a girl can effectively ride both! Saddle and inhibitions not required.

Rescued by a Stranger is sexy drawl of a story about a scrumptious man with a dark past and a small town girl with huge aspirations, sans the made for TV movie melodrama. Charles “Chase” Angus Preston, a runaway doctor with a past shadowed in guilt discovers a witty equestrian Olympic hopeful, Jill Carpenter, stranded on the side of the road. His hero complex kicks in Jill and soon Jill finds herself on the back of a vintage motorcycle, on the path to a developing romance filled with mystery, secrets, and a teasing game of cat and mouse that provides a heartwarming piece of girl porn perfect for road trips, or those who cannot stand the corny bodice ripper romance novels in their grandmama’s secret stash.

Rescued by a Stranger successfully provides the “will they or won’t they” affair without making readers feel they are watching an almost comical Sunday made for TV movie. The protagonists, Jill and Chase deal with each other’s emotional baggage with realistic hang-ups and obstacles. Jill struggles with her veterinarian education and training for a demanding life as a full time equestrian on top of papi and hermana issues that make her think twice about relationships. Chase keeps secrets that make Jill suspicious while he battles guilt ridden nightmares of the medical horror story he left back home. Selvig portrays each character’s emotional baggage in a way that does not over shadow the growing romance and light hearted teasing between the protagonists. Chase and Jill’s reluctance to date because of their personal lives was relatable and convincing. Rescued by a Stranger is not an over the top, emotional rollercoaster that makes the readers forget about the plot but a realistic tale of maturity, trust, and acceptance that is often asphyxiated by cheesy sex scenes and plot twists in the romance genre.

Liz Selvig’s Rescued by a Stranger is not dripping with kinky gorilla sex or slimy cowboys with penis envy. It is more like a hot tease that looks good on the back of motorcycle or a horse that may induce tears but not ugly crying that leaves readers swearing off men and hospital dramas for eternity. Horses and motorcycles I know absolutely nothing about never looked so enticing!

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