Even though his cousins, Jesse and Wyatt, have recently gotten married, Zane McCord has no thoughts in that direction. He loves being single and there are a lot of women out there that he hasn’t met yet. Zane is as free as the mustangs that he’s done a documentary about and plans on staying that way which is why he’s a bit confused about his reaction to the nerdy accountant, Riley Mason, who has come to the ranch to work on the books.
Riley has come to Montana to get as far away from Philadelphia as she can. She is a good accountant so finding a job really wasn’t that hard. However, she has a four year old daughter, Summer, to take care of and safety is her upper most thought. Surely, a ranch far from the nearest town should be safe, or will it?
This is the third book in this series. You do not need to read the first book to thoroughly enjoy this last one. You will, however, miss the introduction of the older two cousins and how they meet and married their wives. As Zane still lives in the family home with the other two couples plus his great aunt, they are a big part of his story.
Another big part of the story is the search for the missing treasure. The three cousins are taking up where their grandfather left off trying to find a treasure that was stolen from an ancestor over 100 years ago. They have clues and think they are getting closer but will they find it?
As I’ve come to expect, the characters are excellent. They have depth and character. Zane has no desire to get married, much less be a father so the way Summer slowly works her way into his heart is sweet. This is a working ranch so the cousins work and that work ethic shows up in their determination and love of family. Forget cookie cutter characters. Each is unique and defined by their role in the family, their upbringing and individual interests.
Life isn’t all about the ranch. There is a town nearby and as much as most of the action takes place on the ranch, some does make its way into town. The town and its inhabitants are as well written as the ranch and its inhabitants. From the mayor to the women running the saloon, each is their own person. And being a little town, gossip is a major activity making Riley and Zane having lunch together a prime bit of news!
I’ve really enjoyed this series and hate to see it end. This book closes this chapter at the McCord ranch in a most excellent manor. Everyone has a happily ever after which is fantastic and that treasure….. Well, you’ll have to read this book to find out.
The last thing in the world Zane McCord wants is a wife. But after returning home to the family ranch in Montana to help his cousins search for the lost treasure that is their legacy, Zane can't help notice that love and marriage seem to be contagious. Both his cousins have succumbed, but he refuses. Determined to stay a bachelor till he dies, Zane wants to devote his time to filming documentaries and taking care of the ranch...and then Riley Mason walks into his life.
The last thing on Riley Mason's mind is romance. Sent to the McCord ranch to save the family's accounting problems, she only wants to impress her firm in Helena and be on her way. Life as a single mother isn't easy and she needs to impress her bosses for a raise. But when Zane McCord opens the door, her breath catches in her throat and a desire she's never experienced before takes over her. When the McCords insist that she and her daughter, Summer stay at the ranch, she's forced to give in and before long, she's pulled into their search for the long lost treasure. But she absolutely draws the line at getting involved with Zane McCord, playboy and heartbreaker extraordinaire.
But as they all get closer to finding Coot's lost treasure, a dangerous series of accidents target Riley and her daughter Summer. Can Zane keep her safe while trying to win her heart?