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Fun Facts About New Jersey
By: Savannah Young, Author of Wilde Riders
WILDE RIDERS takes place in fictional Old Town, which is very similar to the small, rural town in northwest New Jersey in which I grew up. I think a lot of people have preconceptions about New Jersey, many of which are based on television shows like Jersey Shore or The Sopranos).
I thought it would be fun to provide 10 Fun Facts about New Jersey.
1) A lot of the action in WILDE RIDERS takes place in Haymakers, the bar that the Wilde brothers inherited from their parents. Did you know that the legal age to serve or sell alcohol in New Jersey is 18 years old?
2) Cooper takes Riley to Sunrise Mountain to see the breathtaking views. Did you know that the tourist site, which is 1,653 feet above sea level, is one of the most frequently visited sites in Stokes State Forest?
3) Even though New Jersey is one of the smallest states in the country, it is the most densely populated.
4) The first Miss America Pageant was held in 1921 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
5) In 1937, the zeppelin airship Hindenburg crashed in flames over Lakehurst, New Jersey.
6) New Jersey is home to more scientists and engineers per square mile than anywhere else in the world
7) Thomas Edison's Black Maria, located in West Orange, New Jersey, was America’s first motion picture studio.
8) The game of Monopoly got its street names from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
9) New Jersey has the most shopping malls in one with seven major malls in a 25 square mile radius.
10) WILDE RIDERS features a local country band. Other musicians from New Jersey include: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, The Jonas Brothers and Frank Sinatra.
About The Author
Wilde Riders by Savannnah Young
Book 1: Old Town Country Romance Series
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Format: Paperback - 188 pages / Kindle - 871 KB / Nook - 596 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance
BUY THE BOOK: Wilde Riders
BUY THE SERIES: Old Town Country Romance
Book 1: Wilde Riders
Book 2: The Wilde One (Release Date: April 8, 2014)
Book 3: A Wilde Night (Release Date: TBA)
Book 4: Wilde Times (Release Date: TBA)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Bewitching Book Tours.
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.
My Book Review:
Welcome to rural Old Town, NJ, home of loud trucks, cold beer, country music, and the hot Wilde brothers!
Cooper Wilde left his hometown of Old Town, NJ and never looked back when he attended Columbia University and got a position on Wall Street. Cooper never thought he would return to his small hick town roots, he has plans to become a millionaire by the time he turns thirty. But his plans are put on hold when he heads home after his older brother Jake tells him that the family bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and needs his help. Back in the day, Cooper was a member of the Wilde Riders country music band with his brothers Jake, Tucker, and Hunter. Cooper loves playing music, but the days of singing for money and trying to find the next gig has been replaced by his lofty Wall Street aspirations.
Riley Smith is a fraud investigator with H&C Bank in Manhattan. Her life is going exactly as she had planned, except in her personal life. Tired of dating "Wall Street Wannabes," she hasn't been on a date in the last six months, and doesn't plan on dating in the near future. Riley is assigned to her first solo fraud investigation on a business loan issued to Jake Wilde, owner of Haymakers bar in Old Town, NJ.
Riley's not impressed by the one-bar town until she meets Cooper Wilde, who she thinks is a good old boy from a small NJ town, not a Wall Street executive. Cooper is instantly attracted to Riley, so he chooses to hide his Wall Street position and NY lifestyle and pursue Riley. But when their attraction turns into something more, Cooper knows he has to tell Riley the truth about himself. Will Cooper and Riley find love, or will it end after one "wilde" weekend?
In Wilde Riders, Author Savannah Young calls upon her NJ roots to weave an entertaining romance novel that takes the readers on one hell of a fun ride!
Wilde Riders is the first book in the Old Town Country Romance series that introduces the readers to the four Wilde brothers: Cooper, Jake, Tucker, and Hunter. Set in the small rural town of Old Town, NJ and told in the first person narrative, the reader follows Cooper and Riley as their romance unfolds like a classic country song. This is a fast-paced fun and sexy tale that keeps the reader turning the pages with its romance, drama, and brotherly rivalry. Who says you can't go back home?
I loved reading Cooper's story, but I do have to admit that I am biased because of the following: the story is set in my home state of NJ, I love country music, and I love me some hot country men! I knew I was going to get hooked when I read the book's description, and I wasn't disappointed as it left me eagerly wanting to read about the other three brother's stories in this series. I loved the attraction and chemistry between Cooper and Riley, and I enjoyed watching as their relationship developed. And if that isn't enough to catch your interest, then add the tantalizing introduction of the other Wilde brothers into the mix, and you won't be able to resist their charms!
Wilde Riders is a playful romantic tale that has a fun cast of characters, witty and humorous banter, and a sweet and spicy romance set to a country theme.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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