Featuring Liora Blake’s signature “funny, endearing, and more than a little hot” (Library Journal) style, the third novel in the Grand Valley series features a rough-talking game warden going toe-to-toe with a TV star who unexpectedly turns his life upside down.
Braden Montgomery is certain about three things: one, luck is for suckers; two, time spent outdoors is what keeps him sane; and, three, when it comes to sharing his bed, there’s only one female he’s willing to put up with—his Chesapeake Bay retriever, Charley. Braden’s constructed his life on these beliefs, and he’s quite content with the status quo.
But when a moment of bad luck lands Braden toe-to-toe with a blonde bombshell with her own television show, his stubbornly structured reality begins to unravel.
As for Amber Regan, her brand has been built on camo, cut-offs, and cleavage. With her own hunting show on the foremost sports channel and enough social media followers to garner her plenty of endorsement deals, Amber’s come a long way from the tomboy in a small Texas town she once was. Unfortunately, ratings are down and her contract for next season is in limbo, so she’s in desperate need of a reboot to save her show—and filming a rough and tough archery elk hunt in Colorado might be the way to do just that. Too bad the local game warden grunts more than he speaks, seems determined to despise her—and makes her heart race in all the most inconvenient ways.
In the excellent third Grand Valley contemporary Western romance (after Second Chance Season), Blake makes the Colorado wilderness come alive with sweeping descriptions of the mountains and valleys. Amber Regan is the sexy host of a hunting show on cable TV. Braden Montgomery is a game warden who hates hunting shows. There are too many reasons why the two of them together would never work, but there's one reason why they do: they encourage each other to be their best. Blake treats hunting with respect, and even non-hunters will appreciate that Amber and Braden believe in conservation and don't view killing animals as sport. The protagonists have intense chemistry from first sight, and their flirtatious banter is witty, blunt, and sexy. Heat sizzles through every text message and singes every look, and the sex is inevitably scorching. Braden has to learn to open himself up emotionally, to be unselfish, and to accept change, and Amber has to learn not to run when things get hard. Alternating viewpoints illustrate how each one grows into love and togetherness, leading to a satisfying conclusion.