Title: Montana Legacy
Author: by R.C. Ryan
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
About the book: They're the McCords. . .three rugged, sexy cowboy cousins who'll inherit the family range -- if they seek the treasure hidden on it. But even more precious are the women who can tame their wild hearts...
She was the one person who shook Jesse McCord's quiet determination. She was the only one he ever let in, body and soul. Then suddenly Amy Parrish was gone and the oldest McCord cousin devoted his life to the family ranch. Now Amy is back, offering to help Jesse find the McCord gold. Yet Jesse's not about to give her a second chance, and he hopes his pride will protect him from her irresistible charms. But under the wide prairie skies a dangerous, unseen enemy is fast closing in, threatening Amy and Jesse's very lives and the promise of their. . .Montana Legacy.
My thoughts: This was a very quick, fun read. Take three good looking cousins, a hidden treasure, a long ago love lost, and a mystery - and you have Montana Legacy. I enjoyed the way this story played out - and while I thought that I had the mystery figured out - I had it all but the key player. It was fun to be wrong and be surprised!
The cousins are reunited on the ranch when their grandfather, Coot, passes away. Jesse was the only one who had remained there his entire life. Wyatt and Zane had moved away as teenagers with their parents. It had been many many years since they had all been together on the ranch - the place where they used to be as close as brothers. In Coot's will, he gives them the option of taking $500,000 and leaving - or staying and looking for the treasure that has had generations of McCords looking for it - and being able to have a share in it if it is found.
While Jesse figures they will take the money and run, they decide to stay. They had both been wandering the world anyway, and believed the ranch was the one place they could truly call home. Slowly the cousins start to make their way back to each other, but it going to take a lot for them to regain the relationship they had when they were young.
Jesse is wrangling with another relationship at the same time - one with Amy Parrish - the daughter of his next door neighbor and the oldest enemy of the McCords. Amy is back in Gold Fever to take care of her father, who, because of illness, has to undergo a series of treatments (it never mentions cancer - but that is what I think you are supposed to believe). Amy and Jesse were once young lovers - the electricity still seems to be between them, but they both are playing it cool. When she joins in the search for the treasure, another menace appears that might keep them apart forever.
There are two more books coming in this series - Montana Destiny is due out in May and Montana Glory in November!
~I was provided a copy of this book for review from Hachette Books.~
Publisher/Publication Date: Grand Central Publishing/Mar 2010