“If we run, maybe we can catch up with them!”
We had overslept and the bus already left with those from our group who were climbing Mt. Sinai. We made it outside at some crazy early hour and the bus was just returning. Fortunately for us, the driver was kind enough to bring us to the base.
As soon as we got to the trail, my husband urged me to run so we could catch up with the others. Of course, the problem was – I don’t run and never have been good at it. We made our way through the throngs of people who were also heading for the top. Before he realized it was foolish to try to get me to run, yet after a fairly short period of time, the damage had been done and I struggled the rest of the way.
We finally got to a point just a few minutes from the top and I conked out. I seriously could not move another step so I sent him on ahead of me while I rested. The crazy thing is that I don’t think I ever did go to the top, even after I was “recovered”. Really? What was I thinking??? When will I ever get that opportunity again?
Of course, I think the important thing about that experience was that my husband learned a very important lesson. “Thou shalt not cause thy wife to run.”
(My husband read what I wrote here and told me that I did, indeed, make it to the top after resting. Yay me!!)
Charming the Mountain Man
by Jeanette Lewis
Series: Tamarack Ridge Romances #2
Publication Date September 14, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Montana Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
This kind of stuff could happen, right? Lifelong enemies could become friends. Haters could become lovers.
Colton Ramsey spends most of his days in the woods—guiding backpackers, hikers, and hunters on adventures through TR Outfitter's, his family-run business in Tamarack Ridge, Montana. Though he prefers to lead groups, Colton agrees over email to take Lee Bonzell on a solo elk hunt, for a premium price.
Only Lee turns out to be Leigh—a spunky female lawyer from Georgia with big green eyes and an accent like melted butter. Stung at being left behind too many times by her outdoorsy brothers, Leigh is on a mission to prove girls can do anything boys can do … including bring home a bigger elk!
At first Colton refuses to go on a hunting trip alone with a woman, especially one little hunting experience. After Leigh threatens legal action against him and the store, he reluctantly agrees. But just because he’ll take Leigh on the hunt, doesn’t mean he’s going to take it easy on her.
Colton and Leigh face off in the Sawtooth Mountains. Both are expecting to emerge the victor, but neither expects that victory might mean love.
Author Note: The books are designed to be read in any order without missing any of the story, though you might have fun spotting crossover characters.
I would like to thank Jeanette Lewis for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
As a lawyer, Leigh’s job had her pretty sedentary, so starting off this hunting trip with a seven-mile hike, in the mountains, was quite a stretch. Especially with the elevation meaning less oxygen than she was accustomed to. But she was tough and determined and mad at Colton so she pushed through and did the best she could.
Author, Jeanette Lewis, did a great job of setting the stage for the story. I loved the way the events unfolded as they met for the second time discovering who they were going on this trip with. The explosion when that happened was classic, as were Colton’s attempts to get her to call off the trip. True, it wouldn’t have been funny if it was me, but it did have me laughing. Such a guy!!
Leigh’s motivation for the trip was to prove herself to her brothers. It was also a tribute to her dad who had died when she was not yet a teenager. I liked getting to know this feisty Southern belle.
Colton was such a bear of a man. It was interesting how he had never really been in a relationship. He really fit the mountain man image – perfectly content hiking and fishing and hunting and camping out away from most people. Despite that persona, he had a heart as big as his body and cared deeply for his family.
It was very reasonable the way that Leigh and Colton’s relationship went from them being mortal enemies to attraction to like. The pace at which it happened made sense and I appreciated that they were both concerned the way they felt was a result of being alone together and they shouldn’t assume it could survive any distance.
There was some added excitement as they encountered unexpected danger on the trip and afterward. But no spoilers, so I won’t say anything more!
Brynn and Ledger from Loving the Mountain Man had cameo appearances in this story, but don’t worry, if you haven’t read that one, you won’t feel like you are lost reading this one.