A sultry contemporary western set against the backdrop of Montana ranching country between a cowboy turned lawyer and a woman too afraid to break out of her routine life. This was the author’s first venture into contemporary storytelling and I was very taken with the authentic feel of the characters and their circumstances particularly the setting.
The story opens with Nicole Powell traveling to Montana to bury the father she never really knew and would never get a chance now. She endures the traveler’s nightmare of missed flight and then lost wallet and ID, but a stranger- a cocky cowboy to be exact- comes to the rescue. Nikki has a habit of falling for a guy in a cowboy hat, tight jeans, sharp boots and a sexy grin, but no more. She’s learned her lesson. As grateful as she is for Wade’s help, she’s not falling for his act. Men are all the same. She wryly admits that her attempts at self-possession around the sexy man who is blatantly interested in her is such an act, but its all she’s got. The more for real she senses him to be; the more panicked she becomes about her feelings. Her business in Montana can’t conclude fast enough.
Wade Knowlton, lawyer and part-time rancher with his parents and bitter brother on the Flying K, can’t believe that his damsel in distress is one and the same with his new client. Nikki grabs his attention right away and for the first time ever being with a woman feels right. He’s made some mistakes in the past and he certainly doesn’t have time for a distraction, but he doesn’t want to let go of what he senses could be a really good thing. Too bad Nikki doesn’t seem to feel the same and is determined to lump him in with all the guys who hurt her in the past so that she constantly pushes him away and plans to run all the way back to Georgia as soon as she can.
Well, for the most part, I had a good time. I loved many things about the story particularly the ranching backdrop, the fun, flirty feel at times to Wade and Nikki’s romance, and even the dilemmas that both faced were good. I was very intrigued by the dynamics of Wade’s relationship with his brother and hope that gets pursued at some point in the series. I enjoyed so many little moments and scenes. These two were not shy in the bedroom or even the shower for that matter and I had to chuckle that they made it almost a competition about teasing each other into a high state of arousal.
My trouble was that the relationship was off to the races. It was just too much for me knowing that they are both dealing with some pretty stressful circumstances in the present and they’ve both been burned in the past. The speed of their relationship just didn’t feel right for me. I just wished the time frame could have been stretched out to make the deeper feelings more credible to me. I was all on board with them getting together and really wanted her to trust in Wade especially when she was lying to herself and fighting her own feelings as well as his, but yet I couldn’t get upset that she needed more than a week to make a serious commitment to a guy.
But, all that being said, I think this is a good start to a new cowboy romance series and I look forward to where it’s going next. Those who don’t mind a fast-brewing scorching hot romance set in ranch country should definitely pick this one up.
My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review.