Publisher:Five Star (September 13th, 2010)
Source:Received for review
High-spirited horse trainer Jessica Stanson stumbles into the perfect job on one of the most elite ranches in Montana. Or at least it would be if her boss, ex-detective Michael Carven, stopped acting like he didn't want her there. Jessica has to prove herself to him on the ranch, and also try to penetrate his armor to get to the man inside. Michael Carven is a man who has left a difficult past behind him, and now works at his dream job raising horses under the Montana sky. But he knows that the past has a way of coming back to him, and soon enough, it does. A wave of violence hits the nearby small town of Riverside, nestled deep in the mountains, as a cunning serial killer preys on the population. Against his will, Michael finds himself both drawn into the case and coming to care for his independent new trainer. And if having a killer on the loose wasn't enough, his two worlds collide when Jessica becomes the only material witness in the case. Before it is over, Michael and Jessica will put everything they know and hold dear on the line to catch a vicious, cunning killer - and to protect each other as well.
I've always been secretly fond of cowboy romances so I was certainly happy when Whittier asked me for a review. And if I may, I am fond of this cowboy!
From the very beginning I liked the characters. I always find it interesting when a female is mistaken for a male and then all goes down from there only to be picked up on one cold cold night. Fatal Embrace was a cowboy romance with a twist!
I like how he was just started out as a cowboy but in the middle, ended up being much more. Michael is a man with multiple talents, and I'm not just talking about in the bedroom. Michael used to be a detective and now his good friend Dan needs his help with another case he just can't crack. Here comes Jessica, she is to be the horse trainer replacing Michael while he is busy. Jessica and Michael start off on the wrong foot but eventually they warm up to each other.
Michael is having a hard time with the case, until one of his very own is the murders next target! Michael will do anything and everything to protect Jessica for she is starting to make him life much more enjoyable. Thinking it was for the best, Michael doesn't tell anyone, until it may be too late.
Whittier knows how to write a good romance with a mystery! If you like cowboys, horses, romance, and mystery, Fatal Embrace is a book for you! I can definitely see myself coming back to the book again and again just for the fun of it. While this is the first of Whittier's books that I have read, I look forward to more of her work!