He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the pair away to his isolated home.
No longer a prisoner, and protected at Hope Ranch, Ashley recovers and learns the tall, tempting federal agent may have a dark past, but it hasn’t destroyed his sense of honor.
As they shed past roles and find common ground, Ashley and Trigger can’t help but fall slowly, carefully, in love. But danger still lurks outside the boundaries of Hope Ranch, for until her crazed captor is brought to justice, and Trigger’s undercover past is laid to rest, none of them will ever be truly safe…
Series: Montana Heat #1| Publisher: Avon | Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense | Source: Publisher | Rating: 4.5 Cups
This one was dark and intense yet it was filled with so much hope, love, passion, and healing
So, Beck’s been an undercover DEA agent for so long—and he’s done some dirty deeds in the process—that he doesn’t know where he starts and Trigger begins. He’s wounded, weary, and his soul is in need of repair. He’s definitely damaged and he’s not sure if he can be saved but when he discovers Ashley clinging to life with a little boy guarding her, he knows that, despite what he’s going through, he has to save her and Adam.
Ashley was held captive for a year by a sadistic madman she once thought of as a friend so she’s been through hell and back but she never gave up hope. She’s determined and a fighter. She’s a bit leery of Beck, even though he rescued her, but she also sees the wounded man inside of him that needs healing and she’s able to connect with him on the level.
There an amazing chemistry between Ashley and Beck but there’s also this amazing bond. They’ve both been through harrowing ordeals, they needed each other to be able to heal and it was such an amazing process. The romance felt real and not rushed.
So, this was an intense read. The things Ashley went through was horrifying and the mindset of the madman was intense—I was never sure what he was going to do next—, plus Beck has his own things going on so, while this was an amazing read, it was one that I had to take a breather from every now and again.
Overall, this was an outstanding read. It was so full of intense emotion. This is by far the best book from Jennifer Ryan that I’ve read. I’m eager to see what comes next in the Montana Heat series.
Montana Heat Series
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