TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT, COWBOY…
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 is different. And the first difference would be the true tale from the blurb. Because before we get into that part of the story, in about half way through, there's the whole history and past the characters have with each other, that actually spread over seven years of time.
And that history is not easy, smooth, or painless. Reid and Haley have a physical attraction, there's no denying that. But they don't see eye to eye on many things, when it comes to, well, just about anything at all.
Haley has trust and self esteem issues from her childhood. She has strong convictions about everything, from hunting, wildlife, military, to eating meat, just to name a few. Reid is a marine, cowboy, and has been hunting all his life, so there are many conflicts to be faced. Also Haley's personal problems make her push and pull constantly in their relationship, and make some questionable decisions. It really is amazing that Reid has the overwhelming attraction towards her, that last over the years of separation. Haley is not easy to like, or understand, she is running hot and cold every time they meet over the years.
Reid is really attractive, kind, caring, old fashion, with family values. Haley likes to think all marines are like her father, that she didn't even know.
With amazing patience and understanding, Reid and Haley work out their differences.
The story contains lots of detailed information about wildlife preserve, that at times slows the story down, too much in my opinion.
I did struggle with this book, mainly because of Haley, and the story was moving so slow, at times. The saving force of the story was Reid, and because of him I will give the story
~ Two Spoons and a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me