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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Hot Montana Summer by Karen Foley is the story of Jamie and Rachel who lived on the same block for the entirety of their childhoods. Jamie proclaimed one day, when he was just a boy, that he would marry Rachel, who was leaving soon for college. She laughed it off and assured him he wouldn’t be interested in her when the time came. Fast forward a decade and Jamie is now an injured Marine and Rachel a divorcee. Both are back home in Montana and four meddling parents conspire to get them together. Karen Foley did a good job of fleshing out the characters and adding that hint of special Montana-ness that makes these kinds of stories so entertaining.
What I liked about Hot Montana Summer was Jamie. He was charming and hot, and yes a little hard and damaged, but he was the star of this story. Rachel was a well developed character, but she was the thing I liked least about this story. Harping on the age difference when she was the only one who seemed to care got tired after a while. It took me a very long time to warm up to her and though I liked Karen Foley’s story a lot, even by the end I was hoping someone else would slide in and steal her man. Jamie knew what he wanted and, unlike her ex-husband, he wasn’t afraid to say it or reach for it. This is a quick read about not letting your past define your future and being brave enough to try again after failure.