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It’s during A Hot Montana Summer that we meet wounded warrior, Jamie, and his newly divorced childhood crush, Rachel.
A HOT MONTANA SUMMER by Karen Foley
Publication Date: March 26, 2018 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Tule Publishing Purchase:Amazon Story Rating: 4/ 5 Romance Rating: 4/5
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jamie Colter is a combat-hardened Marine who’s back in Glacier Creek recuperating from a mortar attack that left him with a busted leg and a serious case of cabin fever. He just wants to get back on his feet and rejoin his unit, until the one woman he’s never been able to forget walks back into his life. The last time she saw him, he was a scrawny teenager. Now he has just two weeks to make her see him as the only man who is perfect for her.
With her marriage in ruins, Rachel McCafferty returns to Glacier Creek to nurse her wounds and make a fresh start—one that doesn’t involve someone who will eventually abandon her, the way her ex-husband did. When Rachel catches sight of Jamie, she’s dumbstruck by his good looks and brash confidence. He’s no longer a boy—he’s a man, and when he makes it clear he’s hers for the taking, she finds herself rethinking all her rules about younger guys.
I think I need to start this review off by saying I’m pretty sure this is the first book I’ve read set in Montana that doesn’t involve a cowboy or serial killer (sometimes both). Seriously, I love cowboys so I have to admit I was a little disappointed. The I fell in love with Jamie, and all was forgiven. He didn’t need to be a cowboy.
The prologue was absolutely adorable. I aww’d (is that even a word?) outloud! I can’t say I’ve ever given much thought to my favorite prologue but this is absolutely it.
Now, for the rest of the book. The story was engaging, there wasn’t a lot of external drama or angst. It was mostly just the hero and heroine wrapped up in their own insecurities. Rachel thinks she’s too old for Jamie. Jamie worries he’s not rich enough for Rachel.
I appreciated the way Jamie wasn’t coy about what happened to him over seas. He shares his story with Rachel in a very straight-forward and factual way without making her jump through hoops to get it.
The chemistry and bater between Rachel and Jamie was undeniable. However, the entire book was about Rachel struggling to come to terms with their 6 year age difference. I tried to wrap my head around it but in the end, I couldn’t. With everything going on in the world and all the possible issues to have with a relationship, age just seemed a bit boring.
Don’t get me wrong, I read the description I knew their age difference was going to be a problem, I just didn’t realize it was going to be the only problem. There were so many openings for real drama to come in: PTSD, Rachel’s ex, parents not being supportive of their relationship. But nothing, their only barriers were their thoughts. That’s why I gave it 4 stars. It was good, I just wanted a bit more tension.
I fell in love with both Jamie and Rachel. Over the course of the book, I found myself invested in their relationship and hoping they would just give in and accept eachother. The writing was engaging, I kept reading “just one more chapter” until almost 2 AM. That wasn’t when I finally found the strength to put the book down; it was when I ran out of chapters.
A Hot Montana Summer was the perfect book to curl up with during a cold Saskatchewan winter.