by B.J. Daniels is the first of three in this new series. Known
for mixing romance and danger this one concentrates more on
the relationship than the danger, a slight change from her past
wrote it as more of a romance than a mystery. My editor suggested
I do this. I tried it but feel it is not what I really want
to do. I think people read me for the suspense. If people
want a true romance, they can find it elsewhere. In this novel,
it worked well to have the relationship more up front and
the hero/heroine not personally involved in the mystery. For
the other books in the series, I went back to having the main
focus on the danger that is intertwined with the relationship.
The next book will focus on another brother of the dude ranch
who rescues a woman physically threatened by a man."
Also different is the personality of the heroine. Daniels
noted that Poppy Carmichael “is strong, but not an in-your-face
person who argues with the hero. I tried to make her more
poised with a quiet confidence. On the other hand, my protagonist,
Will Sterling, is typical of my heroes. He is laid back, cocky,
sensitive, and caring. He regrets how the friendship with
The setting is a Dude ranch in Glacier Park Montana. A large
corporation has rented it during the winter for a retreat.
After the cook breaks his leg, the ranch owner, Will, is forced
to call upon a childhood friend Poppy, now a caterer. The
problem is that twenty years ago, as a teenager, he broke
"The reason I wrote them on a dude ranch in Whitefish
Montana was to have them isolated. It is surrounded by mountains,
pine trees, and lakes. There is no television and no cell
phone service. The only way to communicate is with the one
landline in the lodge. Everyone was back to nature."
Set on revenge Poppy hopes to seduce him with food, using
the old saying, “a way to a man’s heart is through
his stomach.” She wanted to get him to want her, then
she would walk away, and break his heart, as he did to her.
Unfortunately, a major snowstorm turns the retreat into a
cold atmosphere. Someone is killing people there without any
"I love to cook and wanted to write one of my characters
as a great chef. The way I show love, which I passed on to
Poppy, is through my cooking and baking. At our house. We
have a lot of guests come and go so my husband, who is also
a great cook, and I make sure no one leaves hungry. The three
recipes in the back of the book are ones I personally cook."
Readers are left guessing who the culprit is and will Poppy
and Will renew their relationship in this western-style romance-thriller.
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