Sunday, June 15, 2014

Million-Dollar Maverick (Montana Mavericks:Twenty Years in the Saddle), by Christine Rimmer

Harlequin Special Edition, ISBN 9780373658237, June 2014

Nate Crawford has, a few months earlier, pretty well torched his former good boy reputation with the dirty tactics he used while losing the campaign for mayor of Rust Creek Falls, Montana. When on an icy January morning, he meets nurse Callie Kennedy on her way into Rust Creek Falls to be a part of the rebuilding after the big flood, he has no idea his life is about to change in some remarkable ways. He pretty much seals his fate and hers when he makes a bet with her that she'll be gone in six months.

This is a category romance, and as such the characters are likable and just complex enough to be engaging. There's a little added depth in the fact that this is the latest in a loose series using the same setting and other local residents as main characters.

Callie Kennedy has her own sympathetic background of getting suckered by a guy back in Chicago who was too much like her money-focused absent father, discovering the truth, and setting out to use her professional skills as nurse-practitioner and midwife in a close-knit small town she remembers from a childhood visit. She and Nate are both smart, loyal, and practical in their idealism.

A fun, light romance, and recommended on that basis.

I received a free electronic galley of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.