Greg Rainwater lost a piece of himself in the deserts of Iraq, a piece that his Shaman great-grandfather would call his soul. After months of grueling physical therapy at Mike’s Place, he’s still empty. When his discharge papers arrive, Greg has no idea where to go until A.J. calls and invites him to Freewill. The ranch turns out to be exactly what he needs—hard physical labor, horses, and the mountains soothe his injured soul. If only Old Man Crane’s granddaughter didn’t look at him with such scorn in her eyes… Determined to put her out of his mind, he signs up for a one-night stand.
Under her skin…
Stuck in Freewill, Georgia Crane gave up her own dreams to look after her grandfather. She hates small towns, she hates busybodies, and she really hates outsiders, but she adores her grandfather, so she stays. If only the old man wouldn’t keep wandering off. The self-proclaimed medicine man insists on walking the hills and the mountains, communing with nature and the spirits. Her frustration increases when a new arrival encourages his lunacy. Not content to hunger after the man replacing her in her grandfather’s affections, Georgia signs up for a one-night stand.
When Greg is paired with Georgia, his blood boils—the woman turns him inside out. Georgia’s as shocked as he is…after all, this is the guy her grandfather keeps wandering off with. Stuck together for the evening, distrust turns to attraction and irritation to desire, but can they bridge the distance in just one night?
This was an interesting take on a 1NS story, I think that’s because it’s also a Freewill story. The two main characters don’t meet the first time on their date, but instead had a mutual attraction that neither wanted to acknowledge. Throw them together on a 1NS with Madame Eve’s help and they explode with chemistry.
Greg was a very strong Marine who came to Freewill to find himself after recovering from some pretty serious injuries. With the way Ms. Long describes Freewill Wyoming and the surrounding nature, I can easily see how it’s the perfect place to heal, especially since she throws in some pretty great secondary characters.
Georgia was so fun, she had this snarky wit that I adored. She made me laugh pretty hard several times. I can also respect her, she gave up everything to come to Freewill to take care of her grandfather. That’s family loyalty that I can admire.
I like the direction Ms. Long is taking her Marines in Freewill and I look forward to her visiting Freewill with her Marines again. There is a definite appeal to cowboy Marines.
I highly recommend this story for the sexy Marines, the strong heroine and the easy way I could see a one night stand becoming a long future together.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review.