It’s the quiet ones who take you by surprise.
Beth Danube’s emotionally abusive husband is dead and buried. So is her heart. It’s no big deal, she has all she wants: her three little boys and a fresh start in a small Alberta town. What she doesn’t want is another man in her life—not now, maybe not ever.
After ten years of unsatisfactory, missionary-position sex, she never expected her libido to reawaken. One look at sex-in-boots Daniel Coleman in a Calgary bar, though, blows the dust off her sexuality.
Sensing an edge of desperation, even fear, beneath Beth’s come-on, Daniel finds himself giving in to the powerful urge to let his normally subdued desires run wild. The lady wants non-judgemental, non-vanilla sex? She’s got it—in and out of the bedroom.
At first, friends with blazing-hot benefits is more than enough. Then she realizes Daniel is burning away the protective fortress around her heart…and the guilty secret she dare not reveal.
Point of view:
3rd Person. Mostly from Daniel & Beths’s perspectives, but there are sections from other POVs.
Each book in the series builds on the last, so be sure to read/listen in order. This one also runs somewhat concurrently to Rocky Mountain Heat (book 1), so there’s full on spoilers if you opt to start here.
This one is pretty low angst (though with a few potential triggers, listed at the bottom of my review) and features brother #3, Daniel. He meets the mysterious Beth in a bar one weekend where sparks fly – but she slips him a fake number. When they reunite, Beth surprises Daniel with not only the fact that she’s a mom to three young boys but also a proposal of a sex-only relationship. Daniel agreed under the condition that he wants to at least be friends.
This is simultaneously sweet & super sexy. I like that even though Beth is skiddish about a relationship and has a lot of trauma from her deceased husband to get over – she doesn’t play with Daniel’s feelings or waffle. While slow burn in the relationship aspect – the sex is frequent & fun. Beth’s boys are an adorable addition and it’s a treat to witness the whole family fall in love with each other.
We get updates on Blake & Jaxi. A few chapters from Gabe’s POV to tease us about his upcoming book as well as his perspective on some happenings with Matt. (Who gets the next book, Rocky Mountain Desire)
I enjoyed Sokolov’s narration. She uses this subtle Canadian accent that continues to remind the listener of where we’re at without overpowering the narration.
Content Warning (spoilers): Domestic abuse with previous partner. Death of a spouse. Death of a child. Infertility.
About the author:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vivian Arend loves to share the products of her over-active imagination with her readers. She writes contemporary, western, and light-hearted paranormal romances. The stories are humorous yet emotional, usually with a large cast of family or friends, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after. Vivian lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her husband of many years—her inspiration for every hero and a willing companion for all sorts of adventures.
About the narrator:
Tanya Eby is a member of SAG/AFTRA. She is a narrator and has over 500 titles to her credit. She also narrates under the name of Tatiana Sokolov for books that are particularly saucy (AKA erotica books). When not narrating, she’s working on her own writing.
(Rellim’s note: As a rule, I don’t post pseudonyms, but this bio is copied directly from Eby’s website.)
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