First in a new series by the author of Night Hawk and Out Rider
Still waters run deep . . .
From the moment Roan Taggart picked up the pretty redhead at the Jackson Hole airport, his training and experience told him she was spooked. She’s left New York City to visit the Wind River Ranch, where Roan is a wrangler, and just as he can pick up a horse’s mood, he can feel the tension coming off her body. And that vulnerability is triggering all his protective instincts...
Shiloh Gallagher likes the gray-eyed cowboy’s dry humor—and the Special Forces background that lends him a stoic, powerful presence. But she’s been scarred by trauma and her mother’s murder . . . and knows a strong man can be dangerous. She came to wide-open Wyoming to flee a threat that’s left her unable to write her novels. Now, as she rides horses with Roan and helps him build an isolated cabin, she’s slowly letting down her guard. But danger has followed her west, and they won’t have a future together unless they defeat a killer from her past…
I liked things about this book, but there were also things about it that didn't work for me and felt a little forced.
I felt like the characters were trying too hard to be in a western, saying things like "rustle up dinner" and other things that made me feel like I was reading the script of a John Wayne film.
Roan and Shiloh, and the parts of the story that were focused on them were mostly compelling, although I found the pace to be a little choppy and some of their internal dialog to be a little forced.
I think for me this was a book that never quite got to it's full potential. I think it relied a little too much on the western setting to tell the story when I think there was a lot more story that could have been told with the characters. I also thought the idea of the stalker was unnecessary and drew away from the focus on Shiloh and Roan. I see why it was included, but a writer taking a retreat so they can write isn't an odd enough thing that it needed outside forces to make it believable.
Unfortunately, this book fell short for me.