After testifying at the murder trial that sent her stepmother to prison and escaping an attempt on her life, Melody Shaw has lost everything. Formerly CEO of her family's pharmaceutical company, she's now living incognito as a housekeeper at a cozy resort in rural Montana. New career, new apartment, new name. She knows she needs to keep a low profile. The last thing she needs is a romance with the handsome, hardworking owner of the Peak View Hot Springs Resort.
When rancher and resort owner Justin McQueen impulsively asks Melody for some ideas to increase bookings for the resort, he’s impressed with her creativity and quick thinking. He persuades the reluctant Melody to jump in as the temporary events coordinator, helping him plan a week of Christmas festivities. As they work together, both of them struggle to fight their growing attraction. Justin is still recovering from a bad break-up and is very aware that as her employer, he needs to tread carefully. He also senses Melody has a secret, which he is determined to uncover.
As their event planning comes to fruition, Justin knows he needs to put common sense on hold and take a chance on a love he wants to last forever.
Sweet Prince to the rescue
I found it odd for an employer not to know their employee backgrounds, but given the fact that Melody is in Wit-Sec, perhaps some strings are pulled. Justin approaches her with a question of what does she think will bring in clients for over the holidays. She paints an old-time Christmas theme and he is intrigued with the ideas as well as the woman she is. I loved that she manages to fit in to the small town, helping everyone along the way and trying to keep her distance from her boss. She has secrets she cannot share but she desperately wants a life since her former one has been ripped away from her. This book has romance and suspense with only a little bit of cowboy thrown in. I would have thought there would have been more cowboy to this but it is more of a family business.
Her cowboy prince
It’s not often that you can find a story with a good plot and great characters. Milburn focuses on the goodness in people acknowledging human imperfection without focusing on it. As a reader I was drawn into the emotions of each of the characters. I started caring about them. And I am eager to continue reading Milburn‘s stories.
I loved this book, the characters and the storyline were wonderful. Ready for the next book in the series.