Jamie Colter is a combat-hardened Marine who’s back in Glacier Creek recuperating from a mortar attack that left him with a busted leg and a serious case of cabin fever. He just wants to get back on his feet and rejoin his unit, until the one woman he’s never been able to forget walks back into his life. The last time she saw him, he was a scrawny teenager. Now he has just two weeks to make her see him as the only man who is perfect for her. 

With her marriage in ruins, Rachel McCafferty returns to Glacier Creek to nurse her wounds and make a fresh start—one that doesn’t involve someone who will eventually abandon her, the way her ex-husband did. When Rachel catches sight of Jamie, she’s dumbstruck by his good looks and brash confidence. He’s no longer a boy—he’s a man, and when he makes it clear he’s hers for the taking, she finds herself rethinking all her rules about younger guys.

Titles in Glacier Creek series include:  A Hot Montana Summer – The Firefighter’s Slow Burn –

(at one time A Hummingbird Christmas was listed as the first story in this series in the Winter of 2017 – that has changed, now I don’t know where that title falls in order)

Title:  A Hot Montana Summer
Series:  Glacier Creek
Author:  Karen Foley
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  April 3, 2018
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  3.5 stars

 

Alright, I’ve scratched my original review and am starting over because, frankly, that turned into a rant that wasn’t fair.  So, instead I’ll be brief and to the point.  While I liked A Hot Montana Summer, liked Jamie and Rachel individually (for the most part), there was one factor that prevented me, personally, from falling into this story and loving it.  The constant mentioning of the age difference between Jamie and Rachel.  I understand that it was Rachel’s voice driving it, that her insecurity was taking over – I do get that.  Yet, the sledgehammer of it overtook the romance and I simply stopped caring about whether Jamie and Rachel ever got their happy ending.

For me this is a 3.5 star review which I’ll round up where necessary.  After reading A Hummingbird Christmas (which, by the way, what happened to that first story? If this is the first then that had to be a prequel)), I was looking forward to learning more of Glacier Creek’s residents.  And I’ll read the next story to see what happens next.  I think the point got driven home too hard, and I stopped caring along the way.  I am sorry that I ended up feeling this way about a good story, but eventually the constant reminder of age simply got too old.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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