Josh King is an expert at running his family’s multi-million dollar ranch in Montana. (And all that outside manual labor has done wonders for sculpting his six-foot-three body, too.) But as sure footed as he is when it comes to the ranch, Josh doesn’t know anything about how to deal with an adolescent boy—so when his twelve-year-old nephew, Seth, is dropped off on his doorstep, looking scared and acting surly as hell, Josh knows he needs help in straightening him out.
Cara Donovan loves her quiet life as a teacher in her sleepy hometown, so she jumps at the chance to make a little money over the summer as a tutor. But when she learns she’ll be teaching Josh King’s nephew, Cara’s sweet summer job gets a little bit hotter. Cara tries to focus all her attention on tutoring Seth, but Josh proves to be a delicious distraction, while Josh’s memories of the shy girl he once teased in high school are nothing like the beautiful woman he’s facing now. Can he persuade her that there’s more between them than a summer fling?
Now that his best friend, Josh, has happily settled down with his true love on a Montana ranch, small-town lawyer Ty Sullivan starts thinking that maybe single life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And when Lauren Cunningham’s no-good ex-husband comes after her for an unexpected trust fund, Ty steps in to protect her. But soon he can’t help but think of her as more than a client. Lauren’s in no mood to jump into another relationship, so how can Ty convince her that her mistake wasn’t getting married, but marrying the wrong guy?
“Falling for Jillian”
Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.
But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zach, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zach is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?
With Kristen Proby, ski slopes are quite delightful. Grace Douglas is sure she’ll never learn to ski, but instructor Jacob Baxter could teach her lessons of a different kind…
There are a few crucial items I take into consideration when I decide on a rating and/or if I will purchase another book from an author.
A.) Are the characters relatable? Likable? Great Chemistry?
B.) Is the plot idea new, unique in any way? Thought out/delivered seamlessly or almost seamlessly?
C.) Does the story make me ‘feel’ things?
D.) When I read the last page, do I feel let down?
E.) Would I ever read it again?
With this series, my answers to the above questions are yes, yes, yes, no and yes.
With each of three primary stories above, I found myself remembering things from my past – some good and some not.
Like Cara, I am self-conscious about my body. Yes, I dealt with the ‘mean girls’ too. Most of you can relate or know someone who can. Also like Cara, most of my adult life has been teaching and cultivating our future leaders’ minds. Teaching is a hard, yet rewarding job.
As for Lauren and Jill, I, too, have exes I wish I never met. Of course, none of my exes were as loco as Lauren’s. Zack (Jill’s man) also had a doozie of an ex-wife. Bitch be crazy!!!!! Her mothering skills made me see red. And that’s why I gave question C.) a yes. *smiles*
As for the bonus read, I wasn’t overly impressed by it and I don’t believe you have to read it to fully enjoy the series. However, by all means, pick it up. It was an okay read.
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)