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This was a great story. I just loved George and Ellie and their story was really good and kept me engaged until the end.
Ellie works in the clothing boutique and lives in a nice condo in Chicago. Ellie grew up with a mentally ill father and after an unsupervised visit she had with him as a child that ended up in a standoff with the police, Ellie didn't have much contact with him. Ellie dated some but hadn't had any luck finding the right guy.
George is a mountain man that works for the local Search & Rescue team as well as doing some construction in the summer when things are slow. George lost his mother when he was a baby and his father when he was a teen and he doesn't have anyone else. He's a loner that's extremely laconic and tends to stick with the bare essentials so much so that he doesn't even have a phone.
Ellie got a call from her father, Baxter, saying that people were after him and that he's going to a cabin in the mountains. Ellie is worried...she's sure his paranoia about someone being after him is just his mental illness but she's worried he could die hiking to the cabin in the snow. She decides to take a couple days off work and go to Colorado to find her father and make sure he's safe. When she gets to town, one of the first people she runs into is Lou and when Lou finds out that Ellie's father is Baxter Price, she's very interested in helping (since book #1 Lou and Callum have been unofficially investigating a local death and it has ties to Baxter Price). Ellie is able to get the coordinates of the cabin her father was going to and (with a bit of trouble because of his anti-social ways) manages to get George to agree to help her track her father in the wilderness.
It's winter in Colorado and the mountains still have plenty of snow so Ellie gets the appropriate clothing for the hike. Thankfully, George has all the other equipment the need and they're able to leave the next morning. Ellie isn't prepared for the stress of the hike but she does alright and follows instructions. As mentioned, George is very laconic and says more with looks than most people say with a sentence. Despite this, Ellie does eventually get him to talk and even smile and laugh as they spend more time together. They both are attracted to each other but their situation makes romantic feelings a bit difficult, especially when they realize that Baxter's fears weren't all in his head and killers are on their trail. They get through that situation but it takes some more time before everything is settled (mostly). Once things are better, Ellie and George solidify their relationship and the story ends with them starting a HEA.
I enjoyed this story greatly. I loved Ellie...I thought it was great that she was portrayed as a normal woman with her head on straight that managed to survive a bad situation and win her man in the end. She wasn't a bad-ass or a wimp but somewhere in between with reactions and such like any of us would probably feel in a situation like that. George was great and I just wish we'd have gotten a little more from his PoV. The story was very good and interesting/engaging enough that I had trouble stopping to go to sleep last night and outside sleep I didn't didn't stop reading until I was done. I'd recommend this book. :D
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This book was boring and hard to believe at times. More suited for the younger generation.