Series: Conard County: The Next Generation (Book 21)
The last man that Nurse Brianna Cole expects to bring home is the one she remembers all too well -- her ex-husband Luke Masters. But when he needs to recuperate from serious injury, her Wyoming cabin becomes his refuge. Though concussed and hazy, Luke is convinced someone pushed him off the snowy mountain he was evaluating for a ski resort. And though he can't remember why, he knows Bri is next.
Snowed in with her ex, Bri is blinded by old feelings, an attraction that never died. But the closer she gets to Luke, the closer she gets to murder. Because someone is watching her…stalking her…and if he can't have her, no one can!
Good reunion story, decent suspense but not a lot of action until the end. Bri was surprised to see her ex-husband show up on her doorstep. They had married impulsively, not realizing the strain that their occupations would put on their marriage. With Luke only being around for a couple weeks at a time a few times a year, the marriage fell apart. When he came to see her, he claimed that he wanted to clear the air between them, but Bri wasn't inclined to believe what he had to say.
Luke is in town to do the site survey for a ski resort. While on the mountain with a coworker he fell off a cliff and broke an arm and a leg and had a concussion. Luke is certain he was pushed, but his coworker didn't see anything. Bri was working at the hospital the day he was brought in. The doctors would not release him unless he had someone to look after him, so she offered to let him come home with her. She barely gets him home when the area is hit with a snow and ice storm.
Trapped together, Luke and Bri can't deny that the old attraction is still there. But both agree that there is no way for them to go back, because there are too many bad memories. One thing that they can do, though, is finally talk about what went wrong. I loved seeing how both had matured and changed enough that they could talk calmly. By doing so they both realized that each of them had had a part in what went wrong. I loved seeing Bri realize that she had been handicapped by the way her parents raised her, and now that she knows she is able to open up more to Luke. At the same time, Luke admits that he had been rather selfish in his attitudes, and hadn't treated her the way she should have been. As they share their feelings, they begin to think that there may be a chance for a future after all.
The suspense part of the story consisted of a really creepy stalker. We know who he is from the beginning and part of the story is told from his point of view. He goes from being overly zealous in his helpfulness to a jealous wannabe lover to murderous by the end. The way he watched really gave me the creeps, but it was his attack at the end that ramped up the tension. I was really worried about Luke as he tried to protect Bri even though he was still injured. It certainly gave them both the motivation to make the changes necessary to be together. I loved the way that things worked out for them at the end.