New York Times bestselling author R.C. Ryan takes readers on a wild ride with a strong heroine who must trust the cowboy trying to save her life.
A cowboy with a wild side
Kirby Regan isn't opposed living on the edge. After all, she just quit her career in Washington, D.C., so she could move back to Wyoming and buy her family's ranch. But hiking the Tetons after dark during a snowstorm goes beyond being adventurous, especially when Kirby's boss warns her that an escaped convict is at large. Sheltering in a cave seems the safest option to ride out the blizzard-until Kirby realizes it's already occupied . . . by a ruggedly handsome cowboy.
Like the mustangs he treats, veterinarian and rancher Casey Merrick prefers to live wild and free, which is why a relationship is not in the cards for him. He doesn't mind sharing his space with a gorgeous stranger, as long as they can both keep their distance-a task that begins to seem impossible as the attraction between them heats up. But before they can worry about the spark smoldering between them, Casey must find a way to protect Kirby from nature's most ruthless conditions . . . and a convicted killer on the loose.
Includes the bonus novel Wildflower Ranch, a continuation of Daisies in the Canyon,by New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown!
A dubious suspense plot bogs down Ryan's otherwise charming second Wranglers of Wyoming romance (after My Kind of Cowboy). Kirby Regan arrives in Devil's Door, Wyo., hoping to buy her late uncle's ranch. While waiting for the paperwork to go through, she focuses on her job tracking the local wildlife populations. She's hiking the Teton mountains collecting data on mustang herds when two catastrophes strike: a sudden snowstorm and news of an escaped convict in the area. After twisting her ankle on the trail, she takes shelter in a cave but finds it's already occupied by veterinarian Casey Merrick. After an initial confrontation when Kirby mistakes Casey for the escapee, the pair amicably wait out the snowstorm. By the time they make their way down the mountain, a powerful attraction has blossomed between them. It takes very little convincing to get Kirby to stay with the wealthy Merrick family as she rehabs her ankle. Ryan excels at developing family-driven westerns set in gorgeous locations, but the extraneous subplot about the escaped convict grows only less believable as the man starts to target Kirby. The result is a sweet but uneven romance. This edition includes a bonus novella by Carolyn Brown not seen by PW.