A Weary warrior… After eight years as a Marine sniper, war-scarred Reid Everett is back in his native Wyoming. He knows and loves this rugged land, so working for wildlife services to reduce the booming wolf population suits him to a T.
A Caring crusader… Wildlife biologist Haley Cooper is desperate to make a difference. Leaving the world of academia behind, she accepts a position as a wolf advocate to protect the animals she loves.
Raw attraction… Their jobs set them on a collision course, but chemistry sparks like wildfire between Reid and Haley. They’ll have to brave some rough territory if they hope to reconcile their polarizing views with a passion that won’t be denied.
This story was so not a romance novel. I would say it falls much more into Women’s Fiction than the contemporary romance shelf…WHY? There was so much drama. Reid was a marine and for much of the book (7 years of it) he was back and forth to Afghanistan and in limbo with Haley. Reid was a man of EXTREME honour. He did not do random hook ups or one night stands. He thought he was in love once, only to realize she wasn’t the one. Then, when he least expected it, bam! Reid met Haley in a bar (cheezy meet cute, I know…but hey, I met my DH and HEA in a bar) and he drove her home to ensure she got home safely. In that short and brief meeting, he knew there was something. Then, after one date…Haley was ‘the one’.
Sadly, Haley is a pig headed mule…well, more like a turnip headed potato because she is frenetic vegetarian. Young Haley needed a smack hard upside the head and “mature” Haley was not much better. She settled. Gack…I hate those words. Reminds me of the book “Raid” by Kristen Ashley where the heroine ‘settled’ on the wrong man to get the ‘right’ life end game. Do not do this women…it never turns out well! I actually loved how mature and calm Reid was with everyone, including Haley even when she was a raving beeyach. Deep down, I truly believed Reid’s motivation and love for Haley. He saw who she was at the end of the story long before the reader was able to get a good handle on her.
I vacillated so much during this book, but I never once stopped loving Reid. He was just so honourable, just, fair and even…I was drawn in completely. Haley, Reid’s sister, Reid’s ex-girlfriend, and even Reid’s mom/dad/brother….all of them were irritating, rash in their judgements and rude were the weak points in the story. Yet, in the end, all came around to a beautiful happy ever after! Enjoy!