How do you save a drowning man when that drowning man is you? Jake Moore's world fits too tightly around him. Every penny he makes as a welder goes to care for his dying father....
Take a break from academics, enjoy the Colorado Rockies, fight a fire now and then. That's all Jake Landon expected when he signed up to be a ranger....
Jake Landon thinks a second ranger season in the Colorado Rockies with Kurt Carlson is close enough to heaven, and a national forest is big enough to be his closet....
Matt Sullivan understands labels: law student, athlete, heterosexual. He has goals: graduate and begin his career in law....
Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in....
They say a man can always come home. So after doing hard time, Sage Redding heads to his family's northeast Texas ranch to help his ailing daddy with the cutting horses....
Every night ski patrol Mark McAvoy relives the avalanche that took a life on his watch. Emotionally fragile and single by choice, he's aghast at his friends' taking charge of his social life. Hosting a potluck will at least provide him with a good meal.
Invited to the potluck on a whim, Allan Tengerdie catches Mark's eye - and taste buds. This cuddly chef could be perfect for a lonely, too-thin skier; too bad Allan falls better than he skis. When Allan's injured and frightened he'll lose his catering company, he's afraid to ask too much of a man he barely knows.
Mark wants to help but has his own problems. Was the avalanche a tragic accident or cold-blooded murder? His role in the inquiry leaves Mark in trouble at work, at the mercy of the law, and with too much time on his hands. If he clings tightly to Allan, will they be swept away together?
Bonus Story: Storm on the Mountain
A blizzard shuts down the ski resort, giving Mark a chance to show Allan he's learned from his mistakes. Does he know Allan well enough now to say what's in his heart?
We met Mark in the last book, he was in the avalanche with Jake and has a not-so-secret crush on Jake. We find him currently battling nightmares from the avalanche and involved in an investigation of Ulf’s death. He meets Allan, a delightfully “imperfect” chef who enjoys his own cooking.
There is an accident and Allan gets hurt, Mark ends up “helicoptering” (hovering) too close and it almost costs them their relationship.
Mark also gets in trouble with the owner of the ski resort and his evil wife and that drama plays along in the background, as well.
Luckily, by the end, Mark’s friends and Allan help Mark to stop his over-protective mode, justice is served about Ulf’s case and the boss and his wife get what’s coming to them.
As part of the Mountain series, this was my least favorite so far, but still a good book. There were several things I loved: 1) We got to see a bit of Jake and Kurt (there is a scene Mark shares with Jake and Kurt that was really awesome and helped Mark to “get over” Jake, once and for all). 2) Mark gets a happy ending. 3) The fact that neither Mark nor Allan are “perfect” male specimens. Mark is a bit too skinny Allan a bit too portly. 4) The portrayal of both Mark and Allan’s careers is very detailed and real and makes you feel like you are experiencing a slice of their lives.
What I didn’t love: 1) The drama. I wasn’t feeling great about the scandal and the viscous wife. Considering how “real” the rest of the story felt, this felt more contrived. 2) Mark’s personality when he was around Allan was borderline psycho. I wasn’t sure how he went from a sane person on the slopes to this clingy, overbearing, insecure guy when Allan is clearly acting like a normal guy would . 3) I wish I felt that Allan was as invested in the relationship as Mark. Even with the bonus story, I still felt that Mark was more “in love” than Allan. Maybe if we’d been privy to Allan’s thoughts more I’d feel better about his feelings. 4) It wasn’t Kurt and Jake. I think that as a couple, I just really like Kurt and Jake and missed them in this story.
Overall, I give the story 3.5 of 5 stars
Finn Sterling did another good job with this. For whatever reason I felt his interpretation of the kids and women were a bit more screechy than in his previous narrations and they stood out as being distracting instead of a natural part of the story
3 of 5 stars
Overall I’d still give the general experience a 3.5 of 5 stars as I like the continuation of the series and I’m really looking to the next installment.
Any additional comments?
Jeez! I thought Kurt and Jake had bad luck but poor Mark had to have his own trial and tribulations to find his HEA. <br/><br/>This is another exciting, fun, and dangerous mm romance from this author. Wonderful story!