After nearly losing his friend in a logging accident, Gage Barringer is convinced now more than ever that he needs to find a different job. But his side business of breaking colts at the small Montana ranch he inherited from his grandfather doesn't earn him enough money. He has his mind set on running The Raven's Nest, a popular bar and restaurant near his ranch. The original owner has died and Gage is waiting for it to be put up for sale. But there is a five-foot-four, brown eyed, obstacle in his way, an obstacle with lips made for sin and a voice made for breaking hearts. And Summer Donovan is one road block Gage Barringer won't be able to find a way around.
Full length novel.
Gage Barringer is a logger but that's a very dangerous life and he would really like to just find something else to occupy himself. Oh, when not logging he runs a small ranch with horses but what he would really like is to buy The Ravens Nest; and as the new owner lives in California and doesn't seem interested he is quite hopeful. When he walks into the bar though, he is told the tiny yet infuriating blonde has no intention of selling and in fact, she's there to run it herself. Gage still has hope Summer will sell to him but frankly, he's quite enjoying having her around.
Summer loves singing and with her band is about to break into the big time. There's a catch, the company only wants Summer and more worryingly, there's a casting couch featuring loud and proud! Summer is no pushover and disgusted, goes home; but what she finds there is no better. She makes the decision to head up to Montana and take over the reins of the bar she has recently inherited. What she hadn't expected was to meet a man mountain named Gage who tempts her to climb him like a tree! Gage is a player there's no doubt but everyone loves this quiet man and circumstances keep throwing them together and the more time Summer spends with Gage the more she really likes what she sees. Unfortunately, Summer has a life in California and it's calling her back but does she want to go?
I really enjoyed this story as I hadn't read anything about logging before and can I just say Ms Oliver has clearly done her homework. There's obviously been a lot of research going on and it really shows. I knew nothing about the process of logging before, but after reading this my eyes have been well and truly opened. Do not misunderstand, this is a work of romantic fiction and it's very well written. The characters burst from the page and we do get alternative views from the hero and heroine but I found that only added to the story. It was very easy to follow the story line and quite amusing at times.
I really liked that the relationship built up gradually and it made it feel more realistic and when the couple finally connected it was a very sensuous romance. Gage is a very quiet, self contained guy, who never expected to be blown away by any one woman but he does fall and falls hard! Summer was quite annoying at times, if honest as she's always so emotional and in tears but to be fair to her she does apologise for being a bit of a sap, so I forgive her.
So in conclusion, I really enjoyed Gage and was so impressed by Ms Oliver's talent that I would happily read more from her. Great if you fancy a story with both heart and humour and the added spice doesn't hurt either!