Series: Montana Mavericks
Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Western
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People say that the odds of finding your perfect partner are rather like the odds of hitting the lottery: slim to none. It's hard to believe, faithful readers, but Nate Crawford may just have accomplished both. We have the scoop on Rust Creek Falls' best-kept secret: our former mayoral candidate is now a very wealthy man! Yet he is going out of his way to make sure no one finds out. The question is why?
Insiders whisper that Nate is also keeping another secret from his new girlfriend, nurse Callie Kennedy--a big one--and it could be a game changer. Place your bets, dear readers! What will she do when she learns her "regular guy" boyfriend is really a maverick millionaire?
I have been on a serious Western kick lately, and this book definitely falls into this category for me. If I had to pick my dream place to live it would be on a ranch in Montana in some kind of log cabin type house curled up with a good book day after day, so when I saw this book took place in Montana I was all in. I know this book is one within a series, and from what I could tell, there is a lot history with the character of Nate, it seems like he may have been the villain in a couple of earlier books. But this book definitely stands on its own, so I didn’t need all of the backstory to enjoy the book, and what I did need to know, the author did a great job of filling me in on the details, without feeling too overwhelming.
So the book starts off with Nate, clearly on his way somewhere, and stopping to help a woman on the side of the road who ran out of gas. Their first interaction is interesting to say the least, Nate doesn’t seem to be anything but annoyed by Callie and her predicament, in fact he goes so far as to bet Callie that she won’t last long in Montana before she hightails it back to Chicago (where she was moving from).
Fast forward some time later and Callie comes to collect on winning the bet, she proposes that Nate allow her to buy the house next to his (he owned both), and he agrees. Before you know it the two of them find themselves coming together more and more. But there is a lot that Callie doesn’t know about, it seems that Nate has an awful lot of things in his past that effect so much of who he is today.
Of course there is his town reputation of being a not so nice guy, and a guy who won’t commit. But more than that, it turns out that Nate had some serious tragedy in his past that really affects the way he handles his relationship with Callie, and haunts him throughout his every day life. And then theirs his mysterious “investment” that paid off, or at least that’s what he told the town, when reality was he won the lottery.
As characters I have to say I liked Callie a lot. She was a really caring person, a nurse by trade, and just in general a really good person, there for anyone who needed her. She also has a lot of patience for Nate, which is the only way the two of them could have worked. Nate, I didn’t like as much. He didn’t seem to have a lot of purpose in life, after all he is a rich man now who doesn’t really do much from day to day, it made him come off as kind of a stagnant character. I felt like he needed a little bit more going on in his life, and the author did kind of handle that towards the end of the book which I appreciated.
The biggest complaint about the book is that the ending happened so quick! It was like, wham, bam, everything wrapped up in one character, I would have loved an epilogue or for the ending to be drawn out a little bit more. But other than that I would say I definitely enjoyed the book, without a doubt, and would recommend it to anyone.