She leads with emotion, he runs from it. Two mountain guides wonder if they can repair the friendship that was shattered seven years ago by unrequited love.
The third book in the Mile High romance series reunites Tori Appleby and her college crush, Will Evans. Once, they were the best of friends with a dream to build an outdoor guide company in tiny Gracely, Colorado, but when Tori revealed her true feelings, Will shut her out. Will’s reputation as a “good-time guy” couldn’t withstand the earnest affection of raw, tough, emotional Tori. Both fled, he to marry and quickly divorce a model, she to an unsatisfying series of relationships. Seven years later, Will has come home, stepped up, and become a major force in the success of Mile High Adventures, which he runs with his brothers. But he’s not ready to face the feelings that come rushing in when Tori begins working with him as a guide. Helm (Stone Cold Christmas Ranger, 2017, etc.) focuses the second half of the book on Will’s realization that emotions are sources of strength, not threats: “I skated. I kept it all inside and I didn’t tell anyone about anything. But it doesn’t work anymore.” This isn’t really a lovers-reunited romance, but it uses the past as a springboard for their new intimacy, emotional and sexual. Tori is less well-developed and her motivations are confusing at times, but Will’s sweet efforts to change and sexy pursuit of her body and her heart make up for it.
An intimate, rewarding romance with a hot hero whose emotional growth is as sexy as his moves in the bedroom.