I give this book 3- I liked it but it could have been better- stars. It's a solid Ok.
Ok, this book had all the pieces but something went wrong with the assembly. Hot alpha male with a brooding personality, check. Hot girl with a traumatic past in need of some love, check. So why just three stars? A few reasons. First, the sex scenes were very tepid. Look some people might say the steam was off the scales but I'm a hardcore erotic romance girl and trust me, when measured against similar books, the sex scenes in this book were briefer and less well described than they could have been. Second, the author tries to build some mystery into the plot surrounding the circumstances of Elias' father's death but the details are very sketchy and sort of randomly placed. My assumption is that the author intends to further develop or conclude the mystery in subsequent books in the series but because it was haphazardly placed in the plot of this book two things happened: One, you didn't really care about the storyline of the mystery. Two, the mystery storyline just doesn't fit, it comes off more as a distraction than anything else. My last source of downgrade for this book is that Elias is a bit too basic for my personal taste. I like the caveman bossy alpha man but I need him to have a little more nuance than Elias had.
One final note: It's kind of weird that the author spent time developing the West Bend mystery plot line but left so much unresolved in terms of River's past and what the heck happened with her sister. Just an interesting choice of resource investment, not one that I entirely agree with.