Can a single dad and a business whiz…
Find the right connection?
Swapping Silicon Valley for a Montana ranch isn’t Peyton Harrison’s choice. Nor is bringing along a bodyguard. But until threats subside at Peyton’s tech company, Matteo Rossi intends to watch over her while also reconnecting with his young son. Peyton’s instant bond with little Gino is making her rethink her path—and her feelings for Matteo. Is a new dream unfolding under Montana’s endless sky?
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Family of Three
Peyton, the eldest of the Harrison-Blackwell sister’s, was the only sister old enough to know that Rudy was not their biological dad. Peyton’s mom felt it best the younger sisters didn’t know and asked Peyton to keep her secret. Peyton and her mom’s relationship suffered as she didn’t feel right keeping something so big from her sisters. When her mom got sick, she decided to leave it buried. Rudy was their dad in every way that mattered. When the secret is revealed before her younger sister’s wedding, walls started to crumble. Peyton’s relationships with her sisters suffered. She’d like to repair her relationship, but doesn’t know how. So she buries herself in her work becoming a powerful, successful VP. While her job is her life, she wonders if she may be missing out on something. When she’s threatened at work and forced to have a bodyguard, she goes into hiding at the famous Blackwell Ranch per Big E’s orders.
Matteo needs this job so that he can file for custody of his son. His ex took him out of the country when she transferred jobs and he misses him greatly. He also notices his son is not happy, so he accepts the job. The next morning, his son (along with an escort) shows up on his doorstep. There’s no way he can do his job and watch after his son. When he goes to inform Peyton that he can’t take the job, Gino and Peyton instantly bond. They load up and head out to Blackwell Ranch.
While this story can be read as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading them in order. There are clues and characters that build onto the underlying story in each novel. I truly LOVED this story for many reasons. I enjoyed seeing the relationship blossom between Peyton and Gino. Peyton was able to “see” why Gino was having such difficulties in school. Peyton was kind, patient, and encouraging. I thought it sad that her sisters blamed her for keeping such a huge secret, when it was her mom’s secret to tell. I loved how Peyton was able to relax a little and not be so uptight. Matteo’s relationship with his son is what ALL dad’s should be! He was willing to do anything to win custody of his son because he thought it was better for Gino—not necessarily better for him. He truly cared for and loved Gino. Although his feelings for Peyton became stronger, he felt he needed to devote his love and attention to Gino. I enjoyed the action at the end and was surprised by the twist. I had the stalker totally WRONG! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Best of the series
Montana Dreams, book three in the Blackwell Sisters series is my favorite, at least so far. I honestly thought that Peyton’s story would be last, considering she’s the oldest and the only one to remember her biological dad. But I see why the authors did it this way after reading this book.
Peyton has a lot of guilt about keeping this secret, and more than a bit of an abandonment issue. Her workaholic tendencies keep her away from her family, which again is traced backed to the information she’s withheld since she was a child.
Matteo seemed very straight forward when he was introduced Peyton’s bodyguard, even with their intriguing chemistry. But he suddenly morphed into hot, single dad with an adorable, yet sad, little boy. Gino was the best kind of child character...appropriate for his age in both spirit, sweetness and rebellion. Ms. Stuart is exceptionally good at developing real, interesting and engaging children in her books. None of that overt brattiness that I find in some romance (but much more prevalent in women’s fiction).
Great story with lots of little side plots makes Montana Dreams a five star book for me.