Kayla Stanford needed protection so her father hired Boone Wilder. Boone is not real excited about looking after the politician’s flashy daughter who seems to have a penchant toward trouble. When a threat occurs on her life, Boone takes Kayla back to the Wilder Ranch where he, his partner, Daron McKay, and his family can keep a close watch on her. Kayla is a city girl and doesn’t want to be at the ranch but she soon finds herself enjoying Boone’s family and even the ranch activities. As she helps out, Boone begins to see another side of her. Although they are very drawn to each other, past experience causes each of them to guard their heart. Will they learn that sometimes there is something more important than guarding ones heart?
This was a great addition to the Martin’s Crossing Series. I enjoyed returning to the familiar place and seeing, again, folks I’ve come to know. The Wilder family was fun and very protective of one another. Boone has known the Martin’s all his life and you see his interaction with Brody Martin, Kayla’s half brother. That was fun. Boone deals with guilt as well as a wound left behind from his Military service. I thought that was well done. Kayla also deals with hurt from the past that makes her bitter. It was interesting watching these two deal with each other. Boone’s mom is a sweet, wise woman and it was sweet to see how she handled and influenced both Boone and Kayla. There was a bit of a danger which I thought was a good addition to the story. The verse listed in the beginning fit very well. Romans 8:35 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? This could be read as a standalone and you wouldn’t feel lost but reading them in order gives great continuity to the series. I enjoyed my time in Martin’s Crossing and think you will too!
*This complimentary copy was provided by Harlequin through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Some Favorite Quotes:
“You have a dog.” He laughed. “Yeah, I have a dog. And I have Daron McKay. Both of them shed, smell and leave messes.”
“She stepped into the circle of his embrace and he pulled her close. It was a brotherly, comforting hug, but it included his strength, his scent, his warmth. Before he let her go he kissed her near her temple. She drew in a breath at the gesture, so sweet. “You’re dangerous, Wilder.” “No, ma’am, I’m about as dangerous as a newborn puppy.” She laughed at that. “Yes, exactly. Everyone wants a puppy.”