My rating: 1 of 5 stars
When her research team is murdered in the remote Montana wilderness, wildlife biologist Morgan Taylor is determined to uncover the truth of what happened to them even if it means ditching Hunter Phillips, the personal bodyguard hired by her father who has the annoying habit of getting past her defenses in more ways than one.
A huge disappointment!
The book has such tremendous potential both in terms of the intriguing suspense story and the love/hate relationship. Unfortunately, the weak plotting, the tepid romance and the irritating hero and heroine turn a recipe for success into an unmitigated disaster.
Let’s start with the problematic writing style. The opening chapter is excellent and ostensibly sets the scene for an action packed story and an emotionally tortured hero struggling with PTSD. Alas, the rest of the book does not live up to this promising beginning as the author has a tendency toward telling rather than showing. This leads to long drawn out descriptions of everything from the socialite heroine’s hair treatments to the shower that the hero manages to jerry-rig while on the run from gun toting baddies in the woods.
Neither the hero nor the heroine are particularly appealing. Their romance is tedious and their sexual tension feels forced. Morgan is supposedly an intelligent and resilient woman, but comes across as spoiled, stubborn, headstrong and TSTL in the extreme. Of course, it doesn’t help that Hunter runs hot one minute and cold the next. Moreover, his childish attempts to “protect” Morgan by keeping her in the dark about the dangers around them inevitably lead to several idiotic plot points that are even more unrealistic than the cookie cutter villains.
The last few chapters epitomize all that is wrong with the book as the writing becomes even more prolonged and drawn out with Hunter and Morgan wallowing in their annoying angst.
In sum, definitely not a series that I plan on continuing.