Hearts of Montana Book #1
Author: Jennie Marts
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places...
Charlie Ryan's cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She's hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she's inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs - and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.
Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn't need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma's ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can't he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots...and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?
Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk...one night will change everything.
I've read many of Jennie Marts's book before and this book is a wonderful combination of mystery, romance, and a bit of hot erotica. I couldn't put the book down! I found myself wrapped up in several emotions as I read the story of a hot vet and a stubborn, scorned woman thrust into life on the family farm~ the family she didn't know existed, but nonetheless is a place she can lay down some roots.
Marts leads the reader on a winding path of mystery and intrigue surrounding the death of Charlie's grandmother, a dedicated railroad guy, more hot men that she can throw a horseshoe at (if she knew how to do that), and a small town that wraps their arms around her and embraces her as one of their own. The best bump in Charlie's road comes in the way of a teenaged girl who wants nothing more than to be accepted as an individual and not just her father's daughter. She brings out feelings in Charlie she never thought she'd experience and shows her how to live in this new world of cows, horses, hay, and home cooked meals.
There are too many laugh out loud moments to list, but let's just say there is a bull who scares the pants off of her, a ranch hand who is too hot and smooth for his own good, a baby calf who fights to survive, a kitchen that begs to be used, and then...her mother shows up to try to lure her back to the city. Her mother is another piece of the puzzle in her life that continues to spin out of her control. In fact, her mother becomes someone she doesn't recognize as she settles back into the life she had before she became a mom at a young age. And her father, a man she's never known, saunters back into their lives and throws Charlie into a tailspin.
There is so much going on in the book! It kept me on my toes, focused on the story, and guessing with each turn of the page. The second book in the series, Hidden Away, is next on my TBR list!