Title: When It's Right: A Montana Men Novel
Series: Montana Men Book 2
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men
Wide open sky, rolling green hills . . . Gillian Tucker could get used to life in the country—one far from the violence she left behind in San Francisco. Warily accepting an invitation to the Montana ranch that belongs to her grandfather, a man she's never met, Gillian hopes this is the haven she seeks. A sexy, overbearing cowboy who shines a light on her well-hidden dreams is not at all part of her plans.
Blake Bowden's reckless past is far behind him, and as a newly named co-owner of Three Peaks Ranch, he's not taking any chances. Until a beautiful, haunted woman arrives, igniting a desire he shouldn't feel. His partner's granddaughter is strictly off limits. But the longer Gillian's there, the stronger the pull grows between them. And when a new danger surfaces, Blake will do anything to keep her safe…even if it means risking everything for her heart.
When It's Right is pretty much everything I love about cowboys. Wide open spaces, trickling creeks, rolling mountains, horses, strong, sassy women and sexy, Alpha men.
After making a life-or-death decision, Gillian Tucker makes her way to the open skies and beautiful mountains of Montana, and her grandfather's ranch. She's wary and on guard, unsure and untrusting, and meeting Blake Bowden isn't exactly what she had in mind for her new life.
Blake is tall, dark and handsome, and he scares her -- but not in the way to which she's grown accustomed. He makes her feel safe and dream of a brighter future, and that's all Blake wants. To protect this girl, no matter the cost to himself.
When danger makes its way back to her, he vows to do whatever it takes to keep it from her, and he's willing to gamble his heart, his job and his life to do it.
I have to say, I was surprised by this book. I enjoyed book one in this series, very much. It was suspenseful and interesting, and Gabe was fantastic, but damn, he's been overshadowed here by his younger brother, Blake. When It's Right was excellent. Well-written and well-paced, it took what could be construed as a "whirlwind" romance and made it believable and, even better, desirable. I wanted Gillian and Blake to get there, to their happily ever after. They deserved it, and it made the journey all the sweeter.
Gillian was a remarkable character. I loved her strength, her balls and her brains. She was no willing flower, no martyr to her past. Yes, she had issues and yes, she struggled with them, but she lived true to her word and tried, and I admired the character, as well as the author for making this young woman so easy to root for. She was a good match for Blake, who was mmm, yummy with his protectiveness, his openness and his Alphaness. I'll admit that the age difference briefly gave me pause and that Blake's backstory felt a touch out-of-place at times, but I can't deny that Gillian and Blake were stronger together, and her maturity and his willingness to be what she needed made it work in a beautiful way.
I can't wait to read more of these Montana Men and I am hoping I don't have to for too long. Dane's story needs to be told and I need to read it, especially if it's another cowboy book just like this one.
~ Beth, 4.5 stars
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
When she isn't writing a book, she's reading one. Her obsession for both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you'll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt, and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.