Midsummer Sweetheart (Heart of Montana #2) by Katy Regnery
Released: February 10, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Erik Lindstrom never had much faith in love. He saw his parents’ marriage collapse and vowed to avoid the same anguish himself. His fiercely protective nature drew him to a career in law enforcement, but he’s managed to keep himself and his heart safe…until now.
Katrin Svenson is in danger. After leaving her home in secret, her only hope for safety seems to lie in the hands of her handsome but aloof protector, who's steeled himself against her deep blue eyes and sunny smile.
Sparks fly between the officer and the nurse, and those sparks turn to fire as Katrin melts the ice surrounding Erik’s heart. Yet a dark force, determined to tear the young lovers apart, must be vanquished before their sweet midsummer nights can turn into a sweet forever.
This is the second book in the Heart of Montana series. It can be read and understood as a stand-alone but let’s face it you’ll want to know what happens in the first book.
Katrin Svenson is a strong, independent woman who has had a few setbacks. She had a long term relationship with an alcoholic whom she finally broke it off when he didn’t show for their wedding day. Now the past few months have been spent in fear as his behavior spirals into psychotic and dangerous. For her safety, Katrin’s brother and sister-in-law have set her up with a new job and place to live several hours north. They look at it as a temporary situation in hope the ex-fiancée finally will move on.
Erik Lindstrom is heading north for a new job, it just so happens he’ll be in the same area as Katrin. His longtime friend (and Katrin’s sister-in-law) sets it up so he will drive her to her new job and subsequently keep an eye on her…you know just to make sure she’s safe. After watching his mother die and his father’s less than ideal behavior, he’s doesn’t think real love exists and instead chooses to focus on work while having a string of flings.
When the story begins, it’s so heart wrenching. Katrin is virtually forced to be uprooted and placed in a new community with no familiar support system. It’s difficult to imagine how it would be just getting a moment’s notice before having to start your life over. Fortunately, Erik is there to soften the blow. He doesn’t want to have to babysit her but quickly finds it’s not like that at all. They have an instantaneous connection which is tangible, but then it grows as the weeks go by. I love that he keeps making excuses for tiptoeing past his own boundaries, while she calls him on the carpet. Their emotional exchanges are intense, as I’ve come to expect from the author. While the focus of the book is on the relationship and not so much between the sheets, it is a blistering love story. Once thing is for sure, Montana has never looked so good.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.