Paramedic Marcus Weston is losing it. The loveable larrikin of Jumbuck Springs is battling PTSD after a horrific incident during recent bushfires. He thought he had a handle on it but not even boozing, partying and wild women are helping this Casanova get outside his head anymore.
Psychologist Juanita Slattery is looking for a sexy distraction. The long, tall stranger in a pair of Wranglers with his big old flirty smile and rugged country looks is just the ticket. And he doesn’t disappoint as they burn up the sheets together in an unforgettable one night stand.
Fast forward a few days and they come face-to-face again. But this time Juanita is in Jumbuck Springs as part of the post-fire counselling team and Marcus is sitting on the other side of her desk. He just wants to get back to work. She knows he needs help. Professional boundaries dictate that they keep their distance, but intense physical attraction rarely follows reason…
Source: Review Copy from Tule Publishing via NetGalley
I really enjoyed this third outing to Jumbuck Springs, where a one night stand comes to mean so much more. Marcus has always been a fun guy, flirty and light-hearted, friend to everyone and much beloved Super Coach to the kids of the town. Except the recent bushfires have left him struggling to be the man he’s always been. Though he won’t admit to anything being wrong, Marcus has PTSD and has a long road ahead of him to accept that.
Luckily for Marcus, along comes Juanita. When they first meet they’re just two singles in a bar, looking for a pleasurable night. Their chemistry is undeniably hot, but neither of them are looking for anything more. It all gets complicated, though, when Juanita’s next job takes her to Jumbuck Springs and brings her face-to-face with an exceedingly reluctant new patient.
One thing I really loved about this book was Marcus’ recovery and how PTSD is much more widespread than war zone veterans. As with Marcus’ relationship with Juanita, nothing is simple in this book. A lot of work needs to be done to move things forward and I liked that (for the most part) nothing is rushed or easily dismissed. It doesn’t help that Marcus is firmly a macho man – he doesn’t cry, he loves sports, he’s always in control. He’s a nice guy too, underneath the hurt and anger and frustration, but his stubborn adherence to the masculine ideal definitely doesn’t help matters.
Then there’s Juanita, a successful woman who seems a little adrift in her own life. She’s good at what she does, she likes her job and helping people, and yet in Marcus she’s given a real challenge. Mostly because as much as she wants to help him, she knows it isn’t really her place, not as a professional, thanks to the conflict of interest – and not if she wants to protect her own heart from hurt. Their scorching chemistry only helps to complicate things further, though it does add a pleasant amount of heat to the tale.
Dealing with two people wounded in their own way, this is a tale of feelings, denial and ultimately acceptance. It’s hot and has moments of flirty fun, as well as emotional times as it deals with the aftermath of tragedy and a budding new relationship between two uncertain people. I found it engaging and enjoyable, with likeable characters and a compelling plot. The ending did feel a little rushed, compared to the steady build up before, but overall I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait to see how everything turns out with the last – and oldest – Weston brother in the next book.
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