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Friday, September 11, 2009

Lonely Hearts Mountain by Rachel Smith

Lonely Hearts Mountain by Rachel Smith
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (266 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

Steve Mikos is a former Navy SEAL turned publicist. Lucy Hanson is a best selling author who shuns the limelight. When Lucy’s publisher hires Steve to boost Lucy‘s career, he’s forced to hunt her down in her remote mountain cabin. Trapped together in the cabin by a streak of winter blizzards, Steve and Lucy become prey for much more ruthless hunters. Vengeful terrorists from Lucy’s past are closing in, and Steve must resurrect his former life, protecting Lucy from hers.

Lonely Hearts Mountain is a story that offers a reading a bit of everything. Stephen Mikos is drool worthy as a former special ops soldier that became successful as a publicist. He’s what all women dream about – intelligent, generous, and thoughtful. His inner dialogue is humorous, and I couldn’t help but chuckle each time he reminded himself of the job he came to do versus pouncing on his sexy client. Lucy Hanson is the opposite of Steven in that her work keeps her scatter brained. She spends a majority of her time immersed in her work as a writer, and is so distracted she forgets about the most general human needs, including eating and sleeping. Bring the two together, and sparks are bound to ignite.

The story is very well written and flows at a nice brisk pace. There is plenty here to keep it going, especially as the organized Steve is forced to put Lucy’s pigsty of a cabin in order. Never has a mess been put to such comedic use! I enjoyed the chemistry that the protagonists shared, which remains the focal point throughout. There is also the element of mystery that drives the story along, and the unexpected conclusion won’t disappoint.

A thoroughly enjoyable romance, Lonely Hearts Mountain is a keeper. I’m looking forward to more from Rachel Smith.