by Mary Connealy
Rafe Kincaid thinks he is in control. And he is, mostly. Then he meets Julia Gilliland. They are introduced when he rescues the fiery redhead from the dark recesses of a cave near his ranch.
Sparks fly immediately, and Julia insists that Rafe take her back into the cave to investigate fossils she spotted. But the cave holds memories from Rafe’s tormented past, so he hesitates to make any promises to take her back in.
Their connection tangles further when Rafe returns Julia to her home. Wendell, Julia’s oft absent father is ailing, and Audra, Julia’s stepmother, is due to have her baby any minute. To complicate things even more, Rafe’s brother Ethan appears after a long absence.
A confirmed bachelor, Rafe isn’t interested in making room on the ranch for a woman. Things run just fine the way they are, thank you very much. Julia can relate somewhat; with her father gone most of the time, she is content doing things by herself. When Wendell marries Audra, a woman young enough to be Julia’s sister, everything changes. The women forge an unlikely friendship, however, and actually prefer it when Wendell disappears.
As if all of this isn’t enough of a puzzle, Rafe and Ethan are tracking the man they think nearly killed Julia in the cave. Add the growing interest between Rafe and Julia and you have all the makings of a good old western romantic mystery.
I had a little trouble getting into this book at first, as it had more than two points of view. For some reason, I am better with only one or two. I guess it just takes me a while to keep everything straight. Once things got going though, I was drawn in, wondering what was going to happen next. I won’t give anything away, but if you like a mystery with strong characters, you just might like this one.
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I received this book from Bethany House for review purposes. No compensation was received.