Title: Falling for the Ranger (Men of Marietta #4)
Author: Kaylie Newell
Publisher: Montana Born, Tule Publishing
Expected Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Western Romance
Rating: 2.75 Stars
When Todd Harris makes the move from the mean streets of Chicago to the sleepy roads of Marietta, Montana, it’s not just his career that’s changing… it’s his entire life. Going from police officer to forest ranger isn’t too much of a stretch, but getting used to how things work in a small town is. As he settles in, Todd realizes he loves the slower pace of the countryside, but then… an Olympic gold medalist comes to town and shatters his hard fought peace.
But the town’s new forest ranger doesn’t like attention and he sure as hell isn’t looking for any kind of relationship with someone who does. When Molly Cordero gets lost in the woods though and Todd is the one who saves her, the spark he’s been trying to ignore smolders and ignites. It’s then that he realizes there’s a lot more to Molly than ambition and public adulation.
When Todd signs up for the Men of Marietta calendar shoot to raise money for Harry’s House, a place for children to commemorate a fallen firefighter, Molly realizes the kind of man he is. With the shoot wrapping up, she faces a painful decision–return to her old life, or give her new life with Todd a fighting chance.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
This is the first time for me to read Kaylie Newell and the story she presented was quite interesting. A former Olympic diver who fell from grace and seeking refuge in her cousin’s home in Marietta met the broody, grumpy, divorcee forest ranger. It would take more than Marietta’s close-knitted community to bring these two together.
Unlike the first two in the series, the Harry’s House calendar project wasn’t too pronounced here. Todd and Molly had their own issues to deal with. Todd’s was clear enough for me; Molly’s though – it’s more assumption on my part because even from own POV she didn’t clearly mention her professional fall from grace. Even the repeatedly mentioned guitar bashing incident wasn’t so clear on the reasoning.
“Don’t believe everything you read. There’s a real person behind those stories, you know.”
The interesting part was, I think this is the first time for me to see people of Marietta not being as open-hearted to new comer and instead took what they saw on media as face value …until a certain deed done close to the end of the book. I find this as quite a disheartening aspect of the story.
The romance between Todd and Molly also wasn’t convincing; they felt swift and stilted to me. The only cute thing involving them was when Bug – Todd’s dog – involved. I was also unimpressed with the way the plot peaked up and more so how it finally resolved, as if there’s still stuff left unsaid. Personally, I think this book need some sort of epilogue to tie up the loose end and – perhaps – showed the couple more settled and truly together. But that’s just me. *shrugged*