on May 30th 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…
When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.
The book takes place on the Bodine Dude Ranch and Resort which is a very large spread Montana and is part Dude Ranch and part Luxury Spa & Event Center. Twenty-five years prior, Alice Bodine the rebel of the family and youngest daughter ran off to Hollywood. Things didn’t go as planned for Alice in Hollywood and she decides to return home. Sadly, Alice never makes home…and what happens to her will shock readers as pieces of her story play out in the book.
The resort is now run primarily by Alice’s niece, Bodine, and the ranch by Bodine’s brother Chace. Her parents, older sister Maureen, grandmother, great-grandmother, and brothers are all involved in the Bodine Ranch holdings. I must say, the first quarter of the book feels like a tutorial of the running the Bodine Ranch and Resort.
Finally, we meet Callen who, coincidentally also left Montana to make a name for himself in Hollywood, he is now retired from Hollywood and has returned home to settle in Montana and takes on a position at the Bodine Dude Ranch. He has a history with the Bodine’s as Chace’s best friend and love interest for Bodine and I must say I really liked Callen and I honestly wish we had more of a focus on the love affair between Bodine and Callen, and Bodine’s brothers Chace and Rory who also have love interests introduced.
When there are a couple murders of local women, an old enemy is attempting to pin the murders on Callen, these murders should have piqued some of the, for lack of a better word, excitement in this book, but sadly, they simply didn’t, but I understood the need for them.
When Alice finally is found, the book finally picks up, mainly because the book itself finally gets the excitement it was lacking. Lastly, I love epilogs and this book desperately needed one….had it had one, for all the characters we were introduced to, my rating may have been different.
*Trigger warning: Rape