Publication date: 20 April 2015
Handsome tycoon James Putnam is acting CEO of his family's logging company, Putnam Industries. He needs to land a big deal to prove to the board he's capable of leading the company. If not, his father's right hand man is more than willing to fill the role. James hurries to Indigo Island alone, uncertain he has what it takes to win the bid, earn the CEO title and save the island from uncontrolled logging.
Aubrey Templeton, is a gorgeous magazine reporter facing a mountain of debt after her parents' tragic deaths. The only asset she has to leverage is 2,500 acres of old growth forest on Indigo Island. She hired Dirk Cooley, a forester, to create a forest management plan for her family's land and to solicit multiple loggers bids to lease the land. Aubrey insists James Putnam's company is included since she still hasn't forgotten the one night of incredible sex they shared over a year ago, and she's sure he'll be eager for a repeat performance.
What Aubrey doesn't know is that James is a changed man, who is determined to prove he didn't get his job as a birth right. He is determined to never again mix business with pleasure, although keeping Aubrey at arms length during their negotiations tests James' discipline and will power, especially as he finds himself in the role of tour guide for the sexy landowner and later as her protector when an unscrupulous forester targets them both in a revenge plot hatched to destroy the Putnam family.
I have never read a book by this author and so can only review this book as a stand-alone although it is the fourth book in the series (which I did not realise at the time I requested it).
This book obviously runs along the formula established in the previous three books and may well even contain characters from those previous books and who may make a return in subsequent books in the series.
I did feel as though I had missed something coming into the series on this book and Aubrey’s constant mention of her previous encounter with James and her constant wittering on about wanting to have further relations with him to complete the circle. Honestly how silly can you be – but then she obviously is not in her right mind (having recently lost her family).
I loved the backdrop story whereby the action was not just concentrated on the two main characters but also the preservation of a forested area. That said there was a sort of insta-attraction/insta-love element to the story too and the inevitable HEA ending.
This is a light and fast paced story which is told from the point of view of each of the main characters, which added some insight into their motives. It is a fast read too. As already stated this was my first novella by this author but I may well be looking for more of her work.
The copy I received was an Advance Readers Copy which had a lot of typographical errors where words were split or joined together which I found rather distracting. It is this reader’s fervent hope that these errors are eradicated before the novella goes to press.
Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.
I rated this 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I liked it' on Goodreads (3 stars) and Amazon (4 stars).