It’s the return of the Colorado High Country series! Come back to Scarlet Springs with members of the Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team.
Featuring characters from Pamela Clare’s acclaimed I-Team series.
He’s the one man she can’t have…
Winona Belcourt left the Pine Ridge Reservation to become a wildlife vet in the small Colorado mountain town of Scarlet Springs. She now leads a busy life caring for sick and injured animals and watching over her aging grandfather. Apart from a complete lack of romance, her life is close to perfect. She doesn’t have time for dating, even if there were available men in tiny Scarlet who interested her. Then Jason Chiago comes to town, one of many volunteers here to help rebuild her family’s summer camp. Tall, dark, and hot as hell, he’s the friend of some friends and a member of the legendary Shadow Wolves, an all-Native unit of expert trackers who patrol the US-Mexico border. Sadly, he’s also taken—or so her friends say. Winona would never get involved with another woman’s man. Still, she can’t turn off the longing she feels for him—or stop herself from imagining the heat of his kisses.
She’s everything he wants…
As a Tohono O’odham man, Jason knows that life’s journey is filled with unexpected twists and turns. Still, he never expected to be where he is now—his ex-fiancée in prison and his job with the Shadow Wolves on the line. On administrative leave for taking out a killer on the wrong side of the border, he has come to Scarlet Springs to help rebuild a kids’ camp that burned to the ground—and to clear his head before his disciplinary hearing next month. Yet, from the moment Winona stumbles into him, he can think only about her. With her big heart, sharp mind, and sweet face, she is everything he’s ever desired in a woman. But he made a deathbed promise to his grandmother that he would never abandon his responsibility to the O’odham people and move away from the reservation like so many others have done. It’s his duty to pass on traditional lifeways so they won’t disappear and to be a role model for O’odham youth. Winona deserves better than a fling with a man who can’t stick around. That’s why he’s going to keep his hands to himself, no matter how much she makes him burn.
A love that won’t be denied…
When a wealthy rancher asks Winona to help find a wolf that is killing his livestock, Jason and Winona join forces to solve the mystery. There haven’t been wild wolves in Colorado for eighty years. But working closely side by side has consequences. As they move in on the wolf and uncover a more shocking truth, their attraction ignites into passion. Jason realizes he has a choice to make. He can either keep a vow he made long ago and break both of their hearts by walking away—or he can turn his back on his duty and his people to seize a chance at true happiness in the arms of the woman he loves.
Tropes: Forced proximity, soul mates, law enforcement, man in of uniform
Ms. Clare has done it again. This eighth book in the Colorado High Country is fascinating, romantic and some suspense, at the same time very informative about the the Native American Tribes and their history.
Jason Chiago is on his way from Arizona to Colorado to give his good friend Zach McBride some help. A recent encounter with some cocaine smugglers left him on leave pending an investigation. Jason is a border agent and a member of Shadow Wolves. His life is a little off balance right now and needed to get away.
Winona Belcourt is a wild animal vet for a sanctuary that heals and protects the injured until they’re ready to be set free. Right now the local Search and Rescue team and anyone that can help are working to restore a camp that was devastated by a fire, Camp Black Bear. Jason and Winona literally ran into each other for their first meeting. She was so impressed she could hardly speak.
This story brings so many characters we know and love from other series, and has a hint of suspense and danger. Jason feels attracted and protective of Winona, with her brother glaring most of the time. I found myself in tears several times, and didn’t want the book to end. The story can be read as a standalone, but makes more sense if read in order. All the books are very enjoyable and besides the romance Ms. Clare always gives us information to think about long after you finish.