By Jennie Marts
A Hearts of Montana Novel
Sometimes you find what you need in the most unlikely places…
Charlie Ryan’s cheating fiancé left her with a broken heart and even broker bank account. She’s hit rock bottom, but everything is about to change. Suddenly, she’s inherited a Montana farm named Tucked Away from a grandmother she never knew existed. A fresh start is just what she needs—and no men in her future this time, even if the local vet is as hot as a Montana summer.
Zack Cooper is content with his simple life. Running his veterinary practice and raising his daughter are enough to keep him busy, and he doesn’t need a high-maintenance city girl like his ex who plans to sell her grandma’s ranch and split faster than a setting sun. So why can’t he stop thinking about Charlie and her hot-pink cowboy boots…and the way her eyes say she wants to stay while her lips tease him with plans of leaving?
Just when both start to believe love might be worth the risk…one night will change everything.
About the Author: Jennie Marts loves to make readers laugh as she weaves stories filled with love, friendship and intrigue. She writes for Entangled Publishing and is the Kindle Bestselling author of the Page Turners series, which includes the romantic comedies: Another Saturday Night & I Ain’t Got No Body, Easy Like Sunday Mourning, Just Another Maniac Monday and the two newest Between the Pages Novellas-A Cowboy for Christmas and A Halloween Hookup. Jennie is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two sons, and two dogs whose antics often find a way into her books. She is addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes or friends.
Excerpt: HERO MEETS HEROINE
The corner of the heavy dog food bag caught the strap of her purse, and she stumbled forward, falling off the curb and waving her arms to catch her balance. The loud snap of her heel breaking was followed by a curse word worthy of a sailor, and her purse went flying.
The dog food slid from his grasp. He reached to grab her as she pitched forward and fell into his arms.
The heady scent of her perfume surrounded him as she looked up at him, her chest pressed against his. “Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry.”
“No, I’m sorry.” His mouth went dry, and he tried not to look down at the front of her shirt where her blouse gaped open and the lace edge of her bra peeked through.
He held onto her a beat too long, then let go as she steadied herself. “You were just looking for some coffee, and I almost knocked you over with a bag of puppy chow.”
She laughed. A light, easy sound. “I think breaking my heel and being mauled by a giant bag of dog food is right on par with the way the last couple of days have been going for me. I’m just glad you didn’t impale me with the toilet bowl brush.” She reached down to pick up the brush that had fallen near her feet. It lay amongst the scattered articles that had fallen from her purse.
“Here, let me help you.” Embarrassed, he knelt to the ground and began collecting the oddest assortment of items: a fat wallet with receipts sticking out the sides, three tubes of lip gloss, a pink makeup bag, a collection of fancy bottles with French names printed on their shiny labels, more lip gloss, and a variety of feminine hygiene products. “What is all this stuff?”
She was busy cramming things back into the enormous bag but stopped to give him a skeptical look. “Really?”
“Well, I mean, I know what this stuff is.” He awkwardly handed her the items filling his hands. “But why do you have all this stuff in your purse?”
She blew her bangs out of her eyes. “It’s just stuff I need.”
He handed her a balled up pair of gym shorts and a hot pink sports bra. “What could you possibly need this for?”
“Those are my workout clothes.” She grabbed the garments from him and stuffed them in her purse. “In case I want to stop at the gym.”
“What gym? The only 24-hour fitness you’re going to find around here is chores on a farm. They go from sun-up to sun-down.” He watched in awe as she stuffed more things into the leather bag. He couldn’t believe how much she fit in there. It was like an endless cavern of space.
He heard her mumble something about one more thing she would have to get used to before she looked up at him and sighed. “I’m thinking about moving here. But this place is quite a change from where I’m from.”
“I can imagine.” More stuff had fallen onto the curb, and he collected another five tubes of lip gloss. Geez, how much lip care could one woman need? He caught himself glancing at her lips, wondering if they were soft as they looked.
I really wanted to give this book 5 Harlies but I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I truly liked the story but there is too much going on at times that I felt like Charlie and Zack’s romance at times took a back seat. I’m all for character development and a slow build when it comes to romance but for my taste there is too much in the background that took away from the romance.
Charlie is a heroine that I really liked. She never gave up after the men in her life had left her disappointed. I got her and wanted to be her friend. She was a total fish out of water when it came to the ranch but with help and hard work, she got it. Plus, come on…pink boots. That’s so me and I would totally rock them, too. She didn’t come to Montana looking for a man but she found one. 🙂
Zack, to me, was the typical hero. Sexy, good looking, burned by a woman but he had some things going for him that I loved. Devoted to his daughter Sophie and to his practice. Oh yes, he’s a vet and while Charlie doesn’t know the back end of horse from her own, he was patient, somewhat, with her in the end. If I had one thing to say bad about him, he was somewhat typical for me.
I know I’m really sounding like I hated the book but I didn’t. Truly I didn’t. The relationship between Sophie and Charlie is AWESOME!!! When Charlie founds out that her grandmother Gigi and Sophie were friends and that’s how Sophie learned everything…it made perfect sense. In fact the secondary characters were great and supportive of Charlie and Zack.
Overall, I really liked the book. There was somewhat of a mystery going on, misunderstandings, hurt feelings and the family issues that Charlie has to go through. She really grows in the book and by the end I was sighing. Great characters, easy going plot (at times) and the setting was perfect. I’m a sucker for fish out of water stories and characters that fall in love without even realizing it. Its lighthearted, sexy and fun. I look forward to reading more about the town and the other characters.