This is an entertaining, fast paced, contemporary western, romantic suspense thriller. It is book two in the Beartooth, Montana series. The books do not have to be read in order.
The story centers around cowboy Jack French, who spent two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. On his first night home, he comes to the rescue of a woman who is being assaulted in an alley.
Kate Lafond is the mysterious new owner of the Branding Iron Cafe. When not working at the cafe, she is secretly looking for buried lost gold. When a stranger helps save her from an assault, she rudely tells him she doesn’t need or want his help.
Jack wants to clear his name and find out who framed him for the crime he was sent to prison for, but he can’t get the lovely, secretive Kate out of his mind.
No one knows how Kate became the new owner of the Branding Iron Cafe. She keeps to herself which leads the residents of Beartooth wondering what is behind the elusive Kate. She, like Jack, is trying to resolve some issues from her past.
The author weaves an intricate tale of intrigue, romance, lies, murder, cattle rustling, and treasure hunting. You are kept guessing the outcome of the two main characters while being introduced to some of the other town residents. The secondary stories are just as intriguing as the main story, the characters just as complex.
This was a very enjoyable journey that highlights the wild, wild west in modern times.