Title: Montana Rescue
Author: Kim Law
Series: Wildes of Birch Bay #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Championship bull rider Nick Wilde is the face of Montana Pro Rodeo, with all the acclaim and fans he can handle. But is that enough? Contemplating his next career move, he’s come home to his family’s cherry orchard—and to his childhood crush, helicopter pilot Harper Stone. But Harper’s not quite the sexy, badass girl he once lusted after. Recently widowed, she’s broken in two. Wanting to help her move on, Nick finds himself aching for the kind of stability he never had as a child.
True love comes once if you’re lucky, and Harper already had her shot. An accident took her husband eighteen months ago and left only pain and guilt in his place. Now Nick is waking up her body and heart to everything she might still have to gain…or lose. A second chance is more than she thinks she deserves. But with a man like Nick doing the persuading, maybe it’s time to try.
Source: ARC from Montlake Romance via NetGalley
On the whole I found this a thoroughly enjoyable read, with a hero who is a little uncertain about what he really wants, and a romance that’s full of both hope and heartbreak. I liked it a lot, but wow, did Harper make it difficult at times.
I know, I get it, Harper is still grieving quite heavily throughout this book. She’s lost a lot and she hasn’t really dealt with any of it, because she is strong and independent and determined not to need anyone. I understand all of this, I know why she’s pushing her family away, but there are times when she’s just plain nasty to Nick, and her habit early on of calling him little whatever really got on my nerves. She’s so disdainful and almost cruel, not to mention reckless, foolish and too competitive for anyone’s good.
She’s a mess, basically, but she made it hard for me to sympathise with her because of how prickly and nasty she can get. And yet, at the same time, there are moments with her that are heartbreaking.
Nick I had no trouble liking – which is probably why Harper irritated me so much. He’s a good guy with a bad streak, he’s charming and successful and caring and gets kind of lonely when he heads home alone to take care of his father’s farm. He has issues too, he’s just had longer to sit on them and is a lot better at hiding them. I really felt for him when Harper took unnecessary risks, and when she belittled his feelings. He’s flat out adorable at times, and there were times I wondered why he kept bothering with Harper.
But this is a book about healing and growing and changing, with love and hope mixing in with grief and facing old hurts. It’s deeply emotional at times, but it’s enjoyable too with a decent amount of heat, and plenty of interesting family moments. I might have missed out on the first book in this series, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading more about the Wilde family in the future.
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