While on a wilderness reality show, an adventure guide with a painful past and a fallen music superstar discover fierce passion…and killer competition.
Shep Kingston can survive a week in the woods with nothing but a pocket knife and the clothes on his back. But navigating everyday social interactions? That’s a struggle. If only people were like his dog. Loyal. Well-trained. Quiet. With Puck, Shep knows where he stands. People—especially women—are complicated. Guiding a bunch of spoiled celebrities into the North Carolina mountains is his idea of hell. Until a beautiful, off-limits rock star makes it feel more like heaven. Joss says what she means…and shows Shep exactly what she wants.
Joss Wynter plays sold-out stadiums, not insane survival games. Except she’s no longer the adored lead singer of Scarlet Glitterati. Tragedy turned fans against her and Joss into tabloid fodder. Her manager claims TV’s hottest reality competition will relaunch her image. Joss has doubts but won’t let anything distract her from winning. Not even the rugged local guide with song-inspiring sex appeal. Shep is unlike any man she’s ever met. Direct. Honest to a fault. Unexpectedly tender. As the show’s challenges intensify, so does the attraction between them.
But the cameras aren’t the only ones watching. A deadly opponent lurks in the shadows, playing a dangerous game. And all too willing to kill for a win.
If you would like to read the entire Steele Ridge series in chronological order, following is the correct order.
The Beginning - The Steeles
Going Hard - The Steeles
Living Fast - The Steeles
Loving Deep - The Steeles
Breaking Free - The Steeles
Roaming Wild - The Steeles
Stripping Bare - The Steeles
Enduring Love - The Steeles
Craving Heat - The Kingstons
Tasting Fire - The Kingstons
Searing Need - The Kingstons
Vowing Love - The Steeles
Striking Edge - The Kingstons
Burning Ache - The Kingstons
I could not love this more!
Every so often, a book comes along with a hero who captures my heart and won’t let go. Someone whose voice I can hear, whose face I can see, whose soul I can feel. Shep Kingston is in that class of heroes. Not because he’s handsome (I assume he is from the authors description), or because he’s witty or because he is charismatic...because he really isn’t. And that’s not a flaw, complaint or insult. Shep is honest, hardworking, somewhat closed-off and real. He shows us the real face of a highly functioning man with Aspergers.
Joss herself is flawed, and emotionally damaged following a tragedy in her life. I’m not sure if that helps her to understand Shep, or if she just has a kind and giving soul herself. All I know if that from their first interaction, I was immediately hooked.
As a fan of romantic suspense, I’m always looking more for excellent storytelling of the underlying mystery, rather than the element of surprise. I want the author to give me a trail of clues to follow so I do uncover the identity of the bad guy, not throw me a complete curveball and a “gotch” at the end. Kelsey Browning excels in this area. She has laid out an interesting and page-turning mystery, taking in a wilderness-based reality show setting. Even if reality shows aren’t your bag (they honestly aren’t mine), I think fans of romantic suspense are in for a treat.
I LOVE this story!! Edge of your seat excitement and suspense, While also being sweet, heartbreaking and at times funny. Shep and Joss were such an interesting couple to get to know and love. I also loved that the suspense kept me guessing right up to the reveal. AWESOME!!
Prepare to fall in love
I’m at a loss as to where to begin to review this story...there are so many tremendous components to the overall arc of the book that a review which would do justice to the characters (two and four legged alike) would very well be pages long. I will say that the three ladies who drive this series are geniuses at bringing out deep emotional attachment to the characters from their readers.
Between Shep, Joss, and yes definitely Puck there are no shortage for pulling at the heartstrings moments which also give you pause to stop, think and feel about the lives of individuals with special needs and the bottomless well of compassion and devotion those who love them give.
The story itself is intriguing, fast paced and suspenseful...the secondary characters have well defined personalities (read quirks) and provided the perfect amount of filler to give the story the type of multilayers that provide the perfect balance to the overall storyline.
The Kingston and Steele families are priceless, one could only wish to belong to such loving and devoted ones!
This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the author. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.