Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. Read more...
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Carlin Reed lives in fear, off the grid, moving from place to place. So Battle Ridge, Wyoming, a small town in the middle of nowhere, seems like a good place to lie low for a while. But after becoming cook and housekeeper to cattle rancher Zeke Decker, Carlin suspects that she's made her first mistake. Rugged, sexy, and too distracting for his own good, Zeke is pure temptation mixed with something deep and primal that makes Carlin feel almost safe. Soon things are getting way too hot in the kitchen.
Zeke doesn't challenge Carlin's terms: cash, dead bolts, and no questions. It is easy to see that she's a woman in trouble. Problem is, he's so blindsided by his attraction to her he can't think straight. Zeke tries to stay "all business, no complications"--but that game plan is sabotaged the second Carlin gets under his skin. And when her terrifying past follows her to the ranch, Carlin faces a heartbreaking choice: run away from the man she loves, or put him in the crosshairs of a madman.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-10-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Howard and Jones (Blood Born, 2010), both prolific solo romance novelists, return with a suspenseful collaboration set in a quirky small town in Wyoming. Rancher Zeke Decker is reeling from the retirement of Libby, his housekeeper, cook, and surrogate mother. He searches for a replacement, intending to not hire an attractive young woman, particularly one he fancies. Carlin Reed fills those unwanted qualities to a T and comes with even more trouble: she left her life and identity in Texas behind after her stalker murdered a woman he mistook for her. Zeke’s irresistible attraction to Carlin, however, proves more temptation than he can pass up. While their growing relationship drives the story, support is provided by characters like Zeke’s spirited cousin Kat Bailey and wise old foreman Walt. The sense of danger, both from Carlin’s stalker and the treacherous Wyoming winter, heightens a sweet, believable, and satisfying romance. (Nov.)