When a walk on the wild side turned into a nightmare for Everly Grant, she escaped her abusive ex by taking a job with Crow Hill’s small newspaper. Now she’s assigned to write a human interest story on the return of the Dalton Gang, and she soon discovers that Boone Mitchell could give her plenty more than a good interview. As much as she craves safety, she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Boone’s dangerous streak. Before she takes the cowboy to bed, she lays down the law: There are no strings attached, and she’s the one in charge.
That’s fine for Boone. In fact, Everly teaches him things no other woman ever dared. Soon they find themselves wanting more than their simple arrangement will allow. But to get there, Everly will have to open up in ways she thought she never could…
I discovered Ms. Kent’s Dalton Gang series about 3 weeks ago. I read the first two books, Undeniable and Unbreakable in about 2-3 days. So, I was quite relieved that I wouldn’t have to wait very long for the third book in the series. I was also looking forward to Boone’s story because he was kind of a mystery to me. Dax and Casper’s books were, for me, very intense.
Since returning to Crow Hill, the Dalton Gang (Dax, Casper and Boone) have had an uphill battle running a ranch that was barely viable. One thing I really value about this series is the harsh reality of ranching life. Ms. Kent doesn’t pull any punches. These guys are struggling, daily, to keep the ranch running, not knowing if all the blood, sweat, money and tears, they are pouring into it will make a difference. To top it all off, they are in the middle of a drought. Not good. It’s stressful and gut busting and yet they keep going.
At this point in the series, Dax and Casper are happily paired off with Arwen and Faith, respectively. Both have left the ranch house and Boone has the whole place to himself and he is starting really feel the heaviness of being alone.
Our girl, Everly (lovely name, by the way) is living a quiet life in Crow Hill. She likes it that way due to her past and it’s hold on her, she hasn’t really branched out into the community other than what her job as a reporter requires her to do.
“Up close, he was intimidating. His size, his bearing, his swagger and attitude, and all the things that made him male. She watched his throat work as he swallowed, the sheen on his chin and jaw, watched him backhand his wrist across his mouth when done, his gaze catching hers and burning.”
Oh yeah, baby. That right there had me. I won’t go into specifics but Boone and Everly begin their own journey with each other. Trying to figure out what they both want out of this coupling. Every wants to keep it to sex only and Boone is only too happy to oblige her. But soon he realizes he is ready to have a woman and a family to come home to. *Sigh* I just loved Boone, he was my favorite of the Dalton Gang boys. He certainly had some issues he struggled with but I loved that he knew what he wanted from Everly and knew that she did need to be handled with care at times due to issues she had trouble telling him about. And as for Everly, she was faced with wanting something she didn’t even realize she wanted in the first place!
The sexytimes in this one are as hot if not hotter than the first two. There is one scene where clothing is literally cut off of a body. SERIOUSLY!!! It was awesome.
If you haven’t picked up this series, please do! The guys are a bit frustrating at first but I enjoyed all of them (Arwen, Faith and Everly, too) coming into their own and learning who they are now is much more important than who they were.
Excellent. 5 Stars.