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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

To Tame a Montana Heart by Dawn Luedecke

To Tame a Montana Heart by Dawn Luedecke
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Inc
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (310 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Running from a past of privilege, deceit, and danger, Travis Simms is ready to settle down. What better place to forget all he left behind than the quiet little Montana town of Lolo Hot Springs? His goal is clear — build a hotel and his own destiny without complications — until one of the town’s most troublesome women captures his attention.

Dusty Larson is hell bent on independence, helping her sister run the Triple D Ranch. She can do anything a man can, and do it better, so she certainly doesn’t need one in her life. The only problem is she seems to attract bad luck and danger...and Travis. Can he tame her wild ways and keep his bachelor status intact — or does he risk losing his heart?

Travis Simms was passing by a water hole when he discovered Dusty Jean Larson and her sister being held up by a ruffian. Unable to pass by without offering assistance, he saves them – though with a knife strapped to her ankle and well versed in using a gun, Dusty firmly believes she had it all under control herself. Sparks fly when they continue to cross paths around town and argue over multiple things, including the possession of a particular horse. When they finally admit they enjoy sparring with one another a slow, fun-filled and pleasantly antagonistic relationship blossoms between them.

This book is everything an old-fashioned Western novel should be. Filled with fun, laughter and fire it will appeal to a broad spectrum of people. The characters all but jump up from the page, memorable and vivid. The slow burn of growing chemistry between Travis and Dusty is realistic and very well written. There is plenty of plot thrown in, revolving around both Travis’ constructing a new hotel just outside the town, Dusty’s family and the local townspeople.

I enjoyed how the author took care of many details, from the language and social interactions, giving the novel a real feel of an Old Western. There’s also enough spice to keep younger readers addicted, while keeping it from being too racy to recommend to your mother or grandmother. This really is a novel for all generations – something to be enjoyed and shared with everyone.