This one will tug on your heartstrings in a big way, pairing a broken hero with a heroine who has hope despite the darkness in her past. It’s not so much a story about falling in love as it is a story about accepting it – though this does technically stand alone, we were introduced to this couple in the first book in the series and they already have pretty strong feelings for each other at the start. It’s steamy and emotional, complicated and messy, with writing that will draw you in. Ty won me over so much that I was rooting for his happy ever after, despite the fact that he’s battling some demons.
The story follows Ty and Kaylee, two people who met and flirted until things changed between them. After an injury ended his bull riding career, Ty became addicted to painkillers and has only recently pulled himself out of the dark (some triggers in both of their pasts). He’s unwilling to open his heart to a woman – knowing he can’t handle one more failure in his life – so when he meets Kaylee and learns she’s only visiting town, he sees her as a potential fling. Kaylee’s decision to move to town – and her genuine interest in Ty – sent him running, so their relationship is strained at best. The attraction is still there, but neither is willing to go all in.
I had mixed feelings about the first book in the series, but my main complaint was with the hero and not the writing, so I delved into this with low expectations. It far surpassed anything I could’ve anticipated – it’s definitely still an angsty, difficult read, but I had a much easier time connecting to Ty. Yes, he’s frustrating and so very broken, but he’s got an endearing side that pulled the story together. I may have felt differently had I not read the first book in the series, but it was easy for me to get into this right away. I liked it enough that I almost rated this 5 stars, but a few fumbles towards the end (and one very unnecessary subplot) pulled this down, but not enough to affect my enjoyment. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for the series – we’ve gotten a few clues and I’m intrigued, to say the least. I received an ARC via NetGalley and am voluntarily leaving a review of this complex, emotional book.
The second novel in New York Times bestselling author Kelly Elliott’s Meet Me in Montana series turns up the emotion with a story about finding true love and healing broken hearts.
Grieving the loss of her fiancé two years ago, Kaylee longs for a fresh start. When she follows her best friend from Atlanta to Hamilton, Montana, Kaylee looks forward to the wild terrain and a new town to help her forget the memories and dreams of a life that will never be hers.
After a tragic car accident, Ty Shaw is told he may never walk again. But Ty doesn’t easily accept defeat, and through grit, determination, and more physical therapy than any man should ever endure, he beats the odds. Even though he’ll never ride again, Ty longs to feel alive—the way he did on the Professional Bull Riders circuit.
When Kaylee meets Ty, she finds him just as captivating as the rugged landscape of Montana. When Ty is with Kaylee, he remembers just how good life can be. But can they move beyond their broken hearts and dreams to find a second chance with each other?