~Blurb~How do you know whether you can trust someone?
Maggie Washington is used to relying on herself. Growing up in Iowa, her wild curls and parents who dumped her on her grandmother made it so she's never fit in. Skeptical of other people's motives, she's always been the fling or the friend. Looking to define her life after college, she's thrilled when she scores a choice summer job working in Yosemite National Park restoring habitat.
Court Thompson is a gorgeous (and bearded) forest ranger with a love-em and leave-em reputation. When he shows interest in her, she’s torn. Even though she's flattered by his attention, she doubts his sincerity—and her ability to get out of the friend-zone.
Will Court be able to coax Maggie into trusting him that he's for real? Or after the summer of s'mores and skinny dipping, will he let her down like everybody else?
|Cover Designer: Michele Catalano Creative|
Photographer: Cory Stierley
Model: Joel Pastuszak
Maggie Washington just graduated college with a degree in botany and is spending her summer with a job in Yosemite National Park while she “finds herself” and figures out what she really wants to do with her career.
Court Thompson is a park ranger, outdoorsman, and known ladies man when it comes to the summer help. Is he only using Maggie for his usual summer fling or does he see her as something more?
I’ll admit I had my reservations about Court just as much as Maggie, probably even more so. I personally could have done without the Amanda history, both because I’m not a fan of OW drama and due to the shorter nature of the story it didn’t help the development of Court and Maggie’s romance. It brought a definite ick factor and made it hard for me to feel overly fuzzy about Court. Though I liked the point that was eventually made about his manwhore ways, his past repeated involvement with a certain pesky co-worker is what really made me lose respect for him and distracted me from his intimacies with Maggie. For me, Court had 5 star hero potential if it hadn’t been for the Amanda inclusion.
With that in mind I think it’s safe to say that one of the themes of this story is not only finding yourself but also not judging others by their past. Trust is a predominant theme here. For a novella, the characters are fairly well developed and the story isn’t short on Maggie and Court’s sexy times.
Told via Maggie’s first person point of view, the setting is done well. It really makes you feel like you are right there. While I’m not a camper and never venture far away from modern amenities, it did make me wonder what a summer in the wilderness would have been like when I was younger.
I loved the addition of the illustrations. They were cute and unique. Something like that would be cool to see more often. Who says us adult readers can’t have illustrated romances? ;-)
|Original Artwork by Katie Heckey and Nelson Wells|
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Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!). Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas.
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