Monday 13 July 2015

Review - Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe

Title: Truly Madly Montana
Series: Medicine River #2
Author: Fiona Lowe
Release Date: July 7, 2015

Summer in Montana brings heat with a chance of romance in the new Medicine River Romance from the award-winning author of Montana Actually

Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.

Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation, and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.”

But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer gets a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact?

I have thing for men in scrubs and Aussies... I also have a thing for Montana – I love to read about Big Sky Country (I swear, I will visit there someday) – so Truly Madly Montana ticked all the right boxes for me. I wasn't sure what to expect from this new-to-me author, but I got a very pleasant surprise. 

Dr. Will Bartlett finds himself in Bear Paw for the summer, helping out the local community and generally trying to work through what is an exceptionally difficult time of year for him. Forming a friendship with his co-worker, Millie Switkowski, seems like a good idea…at the time. 

A summer together, working hard and getting to know each other leads to something more…something deeper. But neither Millie nor Will are being completely honest. They both have secrets, and they both have pasts. Will this summer fling end in disaster when the truth comes to light? 

I really enjoyed this sweet, sexy and charming small town story. These characters were so easy to like, particularly Millie, who was strong and smart, and determined to rise above the things (and the people…) that threatened to hold her back. Likewise, Will, the brilliant Aussie doctor that kind of makes me want to end up in his ER for a little mouth-to-mouth, was also strong and smart, but a little bit wounded. And oh, didn't that just break my heart? I ached for him, for what he must have experienced. 

The characters from around the town were fun too. They provided plenty of laughs, and a bit of extra romance. There was great dynamics in and around Bear Paw, Montana, and clearly, more stories to be told. Having missed the first book in this series, I had a couple of questions (nothing drastic, this can easily be read standalone) that will definitely have me seeking out book one, and any books to come in the future. 

I went into Truly Madly Montana with no expectations and found a great story that totally sucked me in. If you like simple, easy and enjoyable books, ones to curl up on the couch with – or maybe lie out in the sun with a fruity cocktail – then this a sure bet. I mean, you can't go wrong with a hot Aussie man in scrubs, saving lives in picturesque Montana, can you? 
~ Review by Beth

Fiona Lowe is a RITA and RUBY Award–winning, multi-published author with twenty-seven novels to her name, including Truly Madly Montana. She’s lived around the world, including very happy years in the USA. Whether her books are set in Wisconsin, Montana or outback Australia, they feature small towns with big hearts and warm, likable characters that make you fall in love.

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