TBR Reviewer: Cathy
complicated. It is a man's job in a man's world where she must constantly prove
she is very capable and qualified to guide men on their hunts. On top of her
father barely engaging in life since the death of Lyn's mother, Lyn has second
thoughts about marrying and having a man in her life.
But that was before she met Nic Randall, a lumber man, who comes from Montana to find timber to be bid on and milled. He is convinced she can't handle the job as their guide because she is a woman and she is, of course, insulted. Nevertheless,
neither has much choice and are forced to spend day and night together for the
seven day hunt. Lyn is not happy -- just how much is a confident, independent
woman suppose to put up with?
This is a romance set in the beautiful Idaho mountains.
Lyn is an attractive wilderness hunting guide in the Idaho lumber region where
she has lived all her life. She has to battle against male dominance of
this job and discrimination against her gender for the ability to do the job just
as well as a man. On one particular expedition, this opinion is heartily
voiced by Nic, an attractive, well-honed, thirty-something male. He,
however, is using the hunt to disguise his reconnaissance of the area as,
unbeknown to Lyn, his father owns a lumber mill company that wishes to make a bid on the land for its timber. Lyn has a deep-seated hatred for such companies
as she can see no further than their defacement of the stunning place in which
she grew up and believes their lumbering methods were responsible for a tragic
accident that befell her grandfather.
Seven days in each other's company in the wilderness gives them challenges
above those provided by having to survive the harsh outdoors. The
attraction between Lyn and Nic is magnetic and intense, but they each have to
overcome their prejudices; Lyn against the lumber companies, Nic
against women who hunt guide (and cuss and smoke).
This book has all the ingredients of a hot romance: a good-looking,
drool worthy male, a feisty female with mesmerising eyes, lust, desire that just
has to be given in to and love. The relationship between Lyn and Nic moves
along quite quickly and the HEA ending is predictable, but there area few humps
in the road, so you are thrown off kilter just a little. The dramatic Idaho
wilderness is the perfect backdrop, wonderfully portrayed by Ms. Hopkins – I could
almost feel the crisp, crunchy snow beneath my feet and feel the cold, fresh and
Whilst an easy-to-read and fairly satisfying holiday read, I did, however,
feel that some 'plot-padding' was needed; in particular, the obstacles in
the path of true love were a little too conveniently and swiftly overcome. Although they didn't make the pages sizzle, the sex scenes were adequately and very tastefully executed.
cook tent. His stomach growled again in anticipation, almost saying 'get a
move on, I'm hungry.' Nic didn't waste any more time. When he
approached the cook tent and as he opened the flap, he heard her voice with an
unpleasant sound coming forth.
“Damn! Come on, you son-of-bitch. Turn!”
Was that really the woman he had met yesterday, swearing like a sailor?
He was very surprised she would use language like that.
But when he stepped inside, he was greeted with a pleasant sight. Lyn
was bent over the front of the stove,trying to close the damper to the chimney
flue. From his position, he was afforded an excellent view of her back side. Very
small. Very trim. Very sexy! She appeared not to notice his entrance
so he decided to take advantageof the situation.
After a few minutes of staring at her, he quietly walked up behind her, leaned
over her, reached his arm out to hers, and turned the handle with ease. He
couldn't help but notice her sudden intake of breath and he didn't do anything to
change his position over her.
“Uh,I didn't hear anyone come in.”
She spoke so softly that if he weren't leaning over her, he wouldn't have
heard her. “It looked to me you were having some trouble. Thought you
could use a hand.” He made no move to stand up and move away from her.
She was soft, warm,and very firm from what he could tell by leaning on her.
“Thanks,I appreciate it.”
Lyn didn't ask him to move and she made no move to try to get out from under
him,but being this close to her, touching her with the front of his body from
the waist down was proving his undoing. He stood erect and looked into her
eyes as she turned to face him. At this closeness, he could see the
gold flecks in her eyes sparkle, but the movement in them from yesterday to now
was as different as night and day. Could she be as aroused as he was by
their touch? He hoped she didn't give him a once over from head to toe like
yesterday or she would see how aroused he was.
All too suddenly, she broke the spell. She removed her hand from under
his off the stove handle and walked away from him. She prattled, “Excuse
me. You must be hungry. Sit down and I'll get you some breakfast. The
others still asleep?” she asked as she bent, again, over one of the panniers and
removed several tin plates and coffee mugs. Quickly, she stood back up; realizing
she was showing him her backside again and remembered what she felt when he was bent over her. It was clear from that brief moment that he had gotten
As he stood up and turned around, Nic was standing behind the stove,
smiling,looking like the cat that ate the canary.