f you love cowboys and rancher novels, this book is for you. Penny Anderson has lusted after her brother's best friend since she was old enough to notice the opposite sex. Mason was much older than her and has never shown any interest other than her protector...until her 18th birthday shortly after graduation. Penny didn't want to leave for college as a virgin. She only wanted one person to help her out with that.
I cried, laughed, was angered, and disgusted--disgusted by the actions of the characters. Ok, two characters in particular. I do think that I would have had a better understanding of the characters had I read the previous four books--which are now in my Amazon list. Some of the content was a bit difficult to read--the details from Clara's abusive marriage and the things her husband did to her. But these horrific events shaped Clara into the strong and independent woman that she is. I did have to walk away from the book a few times when some of those scenes were particularly graphic or when children are involved. It was gratifying to see how much Clara changed and became a stronger woman. In the end, she stood up for herself and the children. Something that not every abuse victim is able to do. Clara is a woman trapped. For years she was trapped in an abusive marriage to Colin with her two little boys. She did everything to protect her angelic boys from their father. She made sure that she took all of Colin's anger. Finally, she was able to leave and live into a battered women's shelter. The shelter saved her life. Saved her boys.
A few weeks after coming to Vegas things get weird. Things are moved in her house. She's getting phone calls. Her brother wants to stay with her. Instead, Dylan does. Granted, they have only known each other a few weeks but from the moment she met him in her brother's gym--there was something special about him. She felt safe. How can you not...he's enormously ripped. There's something in his eyes. A kindness. The more time they spend together, the more she is falling in love with him. How can she expose him to her crazy stalker? How can he keep her safe with the hockey season beginning?