Merrie is discovered and nursed back to health by Leo and Braden, two brothers who’re as different as night and day. A rancher with a gruff voice, kind heart, and painful past, Braden is the muscle. His stubbornness made me want to shake him at times, but it also matched his gritty cowboy image. Ms. Carter did a fantastic job of adding tension and uncertainty while keeping me sympathetic to his pain. That’s something not everyone can do. On the other hand, Braden’s brother is a handsome veterinarian with an easy smile and plentiful jokes. His light-hearted, spiritual persona added a calming, steadiness to the three-way relationship they would embark upon. I love his gentleness, insights and his ability to stand toe to toe with his brother Braden.
The dynamics between the three characters was phenomenal. They battled their way through the complexity of a polyamorous relationship in a realistic way that made me believe in their love. Each scene was carefully thought out and moved the story forward while revealing something important. She did a great job of weaving in important details; so casually, you almost missed them until they became important. That was one of the things I enjoyed most. It was a good balance of romance to suspense, but in the end I think the plot was focused on more than the romance, as it is with most Romantic Suspense.
Overall, I found the mixture of suspense and romance came together to form one emotional and intriguing read.