Author: Dakota Storm
Publisher: JMS Books
Dean Montgomery loves his ranch and his family, but something is missing. When he sets out on a road trip to purchase land to expand his ranch, he finds himself stranded in a snowstorm.
When the sexy and gruff Colt James, a tracker and rescue worker, rescues Dean, both of their lives are turned upside down. Attraction sizzles, and hearts race. But then trouble brews, and Dean is needed back home. Can these two make their new relationship work?
I was intrigued by the blurb and wanted to know more about Dean and Colt’s story. This is written in third person with perspective from both Dean and Colt. At first I found Colt’s character brash almost to the point of rude. He has a huge chip on his shoulder and seems reluctant to do things until pushed. The story also includes some family members, but mainly Coop, Colt’s 13 year old nephew, whom he is raising. Coop has a lot of influence on Colt’s decisions and Dean doesn’t try to step on toes when they are all together.
We learn a lot about Colt’s life and background, but we don’t get a chance to see much about Dean other than he’s a rancher who was raised by his grandparents along with his brother. I felt the story was more Colt centric than balanced in that regard. Colt’s character also is a big marshmallow when it comes to Coop, and although he tried to remain ‘tough’ it didn’t carry through. Colt’s career as a tracker/rescue worker and his actions through the book does show some research into the role, it also does suspend belief at times. For example, there’s a rescue that needs to take place at the tail end of the storm that brought them all together. Colt goes into his ‘tracker’ mode and gets all angry when the local law enforcement is involved. Basically the only person for the job is Colt, and that’s final. He has to go solo so nobody else will get hurt and he’s an expert for the surrounding terrain. It didn’t sit right with me.
Overall this was a light read, a bit of action, some sex, and a light ending. If you want sweet with a bit of salt, this one has it.