One of the best aspects of reading about life in a close-knit community is the wonderful interactions between all of the inhabitants. Not only does one get glimpses of the other members of Colton’s family, which I presume are featured in other tales in this series, but there is that sense of caring and concern which permeates the town. There are some definitely sensual encounters described but I was most entertained by the liberal sprinkling of humorous and wry events that mark the evolution of the relationship between Colton, Mel and Hawk. This is a heartwarming story that has a little intrigue and a lot of stubborn hardheadedness mixed with the poignancy of dealing with the emotional impact of physical disabilities and the difficulty of opening one’s heart up to potential pain. A delicious tale that can be read as a stand alone but which will make one want to look for more in the series.
“Rising Assets” by Rebecca Zanetti is the intriguing contemporary romance tale that is part of the ‘Maverick Montana’ series and showcases a close friendship between Colton Freeze, Hawk, and Melanie (Mel) Jacobs. Things have changed a lot since they were best friends as kids, not least of which is that Mel has grown up into an attractive woman and Colton is looking at her as more than the best bud he has always considered her to be. They’ve all grown up and they all have their secrets that they may or may not be prepared to share plus they have to deal with the trials and tribulations of living in a place small enough that they are featured in a town-wide betting pool. Can they keep their friendship and support of each other or will everything change for the worse?
Friends with benefits was never the plan…
Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.
Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.
Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?