New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Diana Palmer is back in Wyoming with a tale of love born in Big Sky Country…
Billionaire oilman Blair Coleman has always taken care of his business. After having been used and cast aside by a woman he thought he loved, his personal life is far from his first priority. He knows only one has ever truly cared for him—but the irresistible blonde beauty is the daughter of his best friend.
Niki Ashton has seen her father’s friend wounded and she’s seen him fight. Blair is the strongest—and most stubborn—man she’s ever known. That very heart and passion makes him the man of her dreams, but whenever they’ve been in danger of getting close, Blair has always pushed her away.
It takes a possible tragedy to strip away all of Blair’s misgivings. Now it’s all or nothing: marriage, baby, family, forever. But will the choice be too much for Niki…or too late?
Rugged doesn't quite describe the (of course) billionaire magnate who fights his desperate longing for his business partner's daughter in this contemporary western. Milksop might be a better description for oilman Blair Coleman, who doesn't express a clever thought, ever, when he belatedly starts to woo young Niki Ashton. Niki, who's about to graduate from college, is the most naive, sheltered young woman in the history of the world. She's terrified of men after one scary encounter (from which Blair saved her) and has no real desire to venture far from her father's ranch, though she does take an administrative position with a local mining firm. Here, Niki seems unduly influenced by a male colleague who urges her to ignore her doctor's advice for her severe asthma; she blithely goes on a hike from which she needs air rescue and resuscitation. The prolific Palmer may want to slow down and refocus her attention on writing relatable characters, rather than setting any old story down on paper.
Not up to Palmer’s usual standards!