Series: Men of Gold Mountain #1
Published by Entangled: Brazen on October 3rd 2016
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Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father's legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There's one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she'll take a few risks to get closer.
Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until he shattered his knee. Gold Mountain became his refuge—and now Kane Enterprises is threatening that home. When he meets Sam, he has no idea she's the one to blame, he just knows the attraction between them is one he hasn't felt in years. A scorching hot one-night stand is just what he needs. Little does he guess that it will change everything…
‘Make Me Stay’ is quite unlike any other Brazen book I’ve come across before. It’s written in a style that’s more literary and wordy than usual, flowingly descriptive especially when it comes to skiing and the landscape though sometimes awkward in incorporating the steamy scenes between Sam and Austin. But there’s no denying Rebecca Brooks wields that much power over language and that is the book’s standout feature. We’re given a comprehensive layout of Gold Mountain, the sense of why it’s so precious to the folks who live there and the differing visions Austin and Sam have for the beautiful area.
Yet it is possibly, also an unwitting tool of distancing her characters who move around and speak like the dramatis personae rattling on stage, separated by physical and emotional space. And frankly, I’m still undecided about that, simply because I’m having a hard time rooting for Sam and Austin (more the former though), whose short-lived affair seemed more like a blunder without any real connection forged between them than any real thing based on respect and truth.
It wasn’t hard to like Austin as the man who was understandably cautious in making new trails for himself after a nightmare of a past, but I couldn’t say the same about the ice-cold, very alpha and uncompromising Sam who thought about everything in terms of a business transaction, even as she plotted to take over Austin’s property while planning for their night together. A lot of the book is carried by Sam’s deceptive plans and her ulterior motive and this casts her in a very unforgiving light. But she shows sufficient intelligence in admitting her mistakes towards the end even if I thought she hadn’t quite done enough to repair the broken trust between her and Austin; their HEA is as a result, swift and well, a little abrupt to be satisfying.
Brooks however, has done up a cast of secondary characters I’m already interested in and this series is shaping up to be something I’m going to keep my eye on.