As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that of all the bad decisions she's made in her life, marrying her abusive fiancé would be the worst. She's never been able to stand up for herself, but she'll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With just the cash she has on hand, she runs to get a bus ticket to the farthest place she can afford. Between her sheer grit and pageant-queen smile, she lands a job as a front desk clerk at the Colorado Springs Hotel. It's not a glamorous life, but she and her baby are all that matters.
A former Marine, Scott "Trex" Trexler has worked in the most dangerous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. Now he finally has a chance to return to the last place he'd felt at peace--Colorado Springs, Colorado, to take a new job with the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, a top-secret military installation buried deep within the granite.
The moment Trex walks into the inn, Darby knows he's dangerous. There's no way she wants to get involved with another man who seems to be keeping way too many secrets. As charming and devastatingly gorgeous as Trex is, he clearly isn't telling her everything. But as wildfires rage on the mountain and Darby's ex-fiancé shows he isn't so willing to let her go, both she and Trex are soon to find out that what you don't know absolutely can hurt you.
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*** 2 ½ Star Review ***
I was apprehensive to read this one. I was disappointed in her last book, but I promised to not let that one book set the tone for my feelings on reading anymore by McGuire. When I first started this book, I was texting my friends how much I was enjoying it. And I was for the first quarter of the book...
After about a quarter of the way in, this book fell off. There wasn't any real character development. Nothing happened really. I mean, nothing. It was so slow moving. However, I vowed to keep moving.
The characters didn't feel like adults. They were all over the place. They felt like they were more in their late teens. Their reactions to small things were over exaggerated and immature to their age. They lacked personality and chemistry. I just wasn't feeling them at all.
The plot of the book is one I thought would be a winner for me. However, the follow through with it was very flat and monotonous. The day to day lives of the characters wasn't something I wanted. The good stuff didn't happen until the very end, but then it felt like it didn't fit. It happened so fast after nothing happening, it felt forced.
I really wanted this to be a glowing review. I really did. I just think that McGuire's storytelling isn't in my current reading likes. I need a lot more from a book then what she is giving me.