This intriguing contemporary romance gives a glimpse of some of the issues regarding mining and its impact on both the environment and the local economy. The counterpoint of the difficult emotional impact of dealing with a potentially fatal ailment and its effects upon feelings of self-worth is sensitively dealt with even as it contrasts the deliciously sensual encounters between two people who are both former lovers and strangers after their five year separation. The danger that brings them back together and their complicated dance of attraction makes this an exciting story even though her stubbornness was pretty annoying at times. There are a few areas that aren’t quite clear to me and some of the solutions are a little too tidy to be unbelievable but overall this is a fun and enjoyable story.
“Perilous Promises” by Christi Williams centers around the complicated relationship between Perris Dalton and her ex-husband Noah. Their relationship was destroyed by the affereffects of dealing with Perris’ breast cancer but when she is faced with a threat to her job at the local mine, she has to decide how much to depend on her hard-won self-reliance. Noah has never stopped loving the woman whose fragile appearance belies her spine of steel, no matter how she frustrates him, but his protective instincts are at war with his desire to give in to her demands for independence. They each have to decide whether two stubborn individuals can remember that they were stronger together than they have been apart.
She can survive anything except the men who love her. Perris Dalton doesn’t need a man. She left southwest Wyoming broken, so transformed by fighting cancer even her big hunk of a lawman couldn’t make love to her. Now she’s back.
Her new job is to mitigate conflicts with raptors at a power plant’s coal mine. There’s no reason for her path to cross her ex-husband’s. But when an environmental demonstration inexplicably centers in on her, Sheriff Noah Dalton steps in, confident he can win back the woman who once walked out on him.
As the demonstration spirals into personal attacks, Noah, Perris’s father the sheep rancher, and her brother the college student, hatch a secret plot to protect her.
In an epic contest of wills with a lone woman survivor used to solving her own problems, and three Western heroes just as determined to save her, all hell starts to break loose.