Her Dakota Man by Lisa Mondello
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Her Dakota Man by Lisa Mondello is a 2013 pubication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
When Poppy's best friend Kelly makes a startling death bed confession, it takes Poppy a year to bring herself to fulfill Kelly's dying wish. But, she knows it has to be done, so she leaves New York City and heads home to South Dakota. She has no idea how Kelly's husband, Logan will react to her just showing up unannounced. Logan has his hands full as it is with a young son and trying to repair major flood damage. Having the girl who was once his best friend and the girl he loved deeply suddenly pop back into his life sets his teeth on edge. He is mad at Poppy for so many things. Leaving and never coming back for one, not being around when Kelly was sick for another and now here she is making him remember their teenage years and for making him see how much he still wants her.
Well, my goodness! What a story. I read a great many novels so I seldom have a VERY strong emotional response to a story. This story had me choked up. It is a really difficult situation. Poppy and Kelly were best friends. Poppy and Logan had been in love, but Logan married Kelly. I can't tell you too much more than that, except that of course Poppy fulfills Kelly's dying wish by coming home to South Dakota and trying to explain to Logan why she left home and never came back until now. I CAN tell you that you should read this story! This is a novella with just about 115 pages so it won't take you long to finish it. While technically this book could be placed in the Western Contemporary genre, it will appeal to all contemporary romance lovers. I am now out to find more books by this author. A+
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Badland Bride by Lisa Mondello is a 2013 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Regis "Reggie" is an insurance adjuster sent to Rudolph, South Dakota to measure the damage done by horrendous flooding. Right away Reggie runs into trouble when she injures herself badly enough to need a doctor. She meets Keith "Hawk" McKinnon , the local doctor. He takes a liking to her right away. Reggie has her defenses up though because she has moved from town to town her entire life and she knows once her work is done in Rudolph she will have to leave again. It never occurs to Keith that Reggie will leave, but, when her part of the job is done she begins making plans to head on to the next town. Keith has other plans for Reggie though, if he can only convince her that she can adjust to living in one place for an extended period of time and can have a long lasting stable relationship with one special person. But, would Reggie be happy living in Rudolph ?
This is the second book in the Dakota series. This one is not quite as heavy emotionally as the first book. This one is a much lighter read and shows the author's versitality. I did think the story was just a tiny bit rushed and the chemistry between Hawk and Reggie was just a little forced. There was enough material here to turn this one into a fuller length novel which would have given the characters more room to develop. Still, this is a fast, easy read and a good story. I will give this one an B. (3.5 stars)
Dakota Heat by Lisa Mondello
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dakota Heat by Lisa Mondello is a 2014 publication. I as provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Sam McKinnon is a fire chaser. He's always on the move helping to put out large wildfires. When his hometown of Rudolph becomes a fire hazard he parks himself on his home terf for a while. The last thing he expected was Summer, a dispatcher from Providence to show up. Her reasoning for wanting to work in South Dakota is a little thin for Sam's liking. Something is going on with the beautiful Summer, but he never would have guessed she had caught the eye of a serial killer and was laying low for awhile.
Summer and Sam are falling in love but Summer is trying to keep things from becoming too serious. When the danger to Rudolph has passed Sam will be off to put out more fires somewhere else and she will eventually return to Providence and her old job. Why start something they wouldn't be able to finish?
When the truth comes out as to why Summer took the job in South Dakota Sam understands an entirely new kind of fear. What if someone got to Summer when he wasn't there to protect her? But, Summer may not be the only one in danger as a deadly fire breaks out and Sam must put his life on the line to save the town of Rudolph.
This latest book in the series once more shows the author's versitality. Not only has she written a contemporary romance, but this one has a suspense element as well. While Summer deals with dangerous situations all the time, she has never been the target herself and she doens't like being sent off away from home because of it. Her professional life might be adventurous, but in her personal life she is more cautious. Sam is a ladies man and Summer would rather he flirt with an old girlfriend while he is back home and they are forced to work together, but Sam has eyes only for Summer. Will they survive the fire season and the danger Summer is in? Will they be able to pave a path for thier own HEA?
While for me personally, the first book in the series is still my favorite, I really enjoyed this one al lot too. I love firefighters , so I was already excited about reading this one. Sam and Summer are a more mature acting couple and I really related to that. I think these two will have no problems at all working out the logistics of their relationship. Overall I give this one an A.