To protect her sons from the mistakes of her past, Brinlee Trapper escapes to a secluded mountain home. But there are dangers lurking in the mountains she has never encountered. The little family is saved from injury by Jed, a mysterious hunter. Brinlee is drawn to him, but she worries about his involvement with a peaceful commune hidden deep in the mountains behind her property.
Lance, Brinlee’s attentive neighbor, has his own troubled history. Between his obvious attraction to Brinlee and his developing love for her children, Brinlee finds it more than difficult to guard her heart against this tender intrusion.
While Jed offers a life of excitement and freedom, Lance holds the key to the family Brinlee always wanted. When it comes time to choose, she learns that both men have secrets that could shatter her fledgling trust in men and the wrong decision could leave more than her heart exposed to danger.
“You’re going to give me a lesson in shooting?”
He grinned. “I figured you’d want to try it out before I brought Trevor. Make sure it’s safe and everything.”
Brinlee waited by the truck while he retrieved the .22 and a box of bullets. The gun range was empty, which was nice. She didn’t need any die-hard hunters laughing at her as she fired a gun for the first time in her life.
Lance escorted her to a box. He set up the target and showed her how to load the gun, take off the safety, and fire. Brinlee was hyperaware of him tonight. How he smelled like musk and metal when he leaned in close to her. The feel of his strong hands wrapped around hers as he taught her gun techniques. The bulging muscles in his chest brushing against her back. The look in his eyes every time he glanced her way.
She shivered with delight. The way Lance looked at her made her feel clean and desirable at the same time. He wanted her, but he respected and admired her more.
Brinlee sighted in the target with Lance’s arms wrapped around her own.
“Okay, you’re looking good,” he whispered against her neck.
Her skin tingled. Brinlee closed her eyes and inhaled his musky cologne.
“Gently pull the trigger.”
Opening her eyes, she squeezed the trigger.
“A bit harder,” Lance whispered, his lips brushing her neck.
Brinlee jerked and pulled the trigger. The shot went into a nearby straw bale. Lance chuckled and straightened with his arms still around her. “Looks like we need to try again.”
Brinlee set the gun on the table and spun in his embrace. She stared straight into his eyes. “Yeah, maybe this time you can keep your lips off my neck so I can concentrate.”
Lance’s eyebrows arched. “Oh, was that distracting you?”
She glanced at him from beneath her lashes. “What do you think?”
Pulling her closer, Lance lowered his head. His lips touched her ear. “Is this distracting?”
Brinlee shut her eyes and leaned. “Yes.”
His lips trailed down, along her jaw line and to her neck. “How about this?” he murmured.
“Worse.” Brinlee savored each touch.
One of his hands rose to cup her cheek while the other covered her lower back. He guided her mouth to his and took his time, gradually increasing the pressure of his lips until every nerve tingled. “How about that?”
“That’s terrible,” Brinlee said. “I can’t even think when you’re doing that.” Heart thundering, she hoped for more. Lance didn’t disappoint. His kiss was sweet yet all-encompassing. She didn’t ever want it to end.
This book is very fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat especially at the end. There are two love interests for Brinlee but only one of them can win her heart and really it wasn’t much of a contest. Jed reminded her of her past and how she came to be a single mother of two children. Would she allow him to be part of her future? Or will it be Lance, the man hired by her brother to watch over her? What are these men hiding from her?
There were times I wanted to tell Brinlee to stop letting her older son Trevor get away with so much! He was just a little too precocious for his age. And the people living in the colony, were they just that clueless? They scoff at the laws of the land yet they have their own rules and don’t think twice about what Isaac has to say? I liked that Jed stood up to Isaac and challenged the rules of the colony, but there is a lot more to the story that you find out at the end. Definitely not something I saw coming!
Overall good book, enjoyed it and we give it 4 paws.
“Cami Checketts is a genius! She writes about topics that aren’t widely discussed, in and out of books, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards.” ~Myra, Reviewer, Pieces of Whimsy
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Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.
Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.
Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.
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