by B. J. Daniels is the last in the Montana Cahills series.
is filled with a little romance, tension, emotion, suspense,
and a lot of mystery that involves betrayals, murder, and
distrust. The readers try to put the pieces of the puzzle
together along with the characters.
story has a new twist as AJ, a city gal turned cowgirl, battles
Juliette, a seductive sociopath black widow, while the hero
is an ‘aw shucks’ type of shy quiet man.
AJ and Juliette are contrasting characters. “I wrote
AJ as strong, determined, loyal, smart and independent. She
will take matters into her own hands. She will not take no
for an answer and follows her instincts. I am a lot like AJ,
someone who relies on myself. Juliette is heartless, soulless,
calculating and has the attitude it is always about her. She
was poor and likes to blame others for her circumstances.
Unfortunately, I have met people like that who have had a
hard time in childhood and feels others should pick up the
slack because life has not been fair to them. She believes
in give me, give me, give me as she uses and abuses people.
I loved writing her because she is so evil”
The plot has Cyrus Cahill traveling to Denver to buy a bull.
Approximately a week later, his family receives a phone call
that he married a total stranger, a woman he knew for only
a very short time, while on a Caribbean cruise ship. This
is so out of character for him since he is reserved and cautious.
The bad news is that he has gone overboard and is suspected
dead. His wife comes to town with a death certificate and
to claim his estate including the ranch.
Another contrast is Montana versus the Caribbean. “To
me, the Montana setting is one of my characters. In this book
I wrote, ‘it was one of those March days when the weather
didn’t seem to know what it wanted to do. This time
of year, in Montana it could snow two feet just as easily
as it could be sunny and warm… Everywhere there were
piles of snow.’ It could even snow on the Fourth of
July. One minute it snows and the next minute the sun is out.
I chose the Caribbean because I needed to leave the coldness
of Montana for awhile and get to somewhere warm. I wanted
to travel there, even if it was in my thoughts. I also loved
throwing it in as a twist.”
Only AJ won't believe he's dead. When the search is called
off, she leaves for the Caribbean to find him. After searching
from island to island she travels to Dominica and stays at
a recovering resort that was hit by a hurricane. The man helping
to rebuild the cottages, calls himself Joe, but she knows
him as the man she loves, Cyrus. Realizing he has amnesia
she takes things slowly. But the plot is not slow by any means
and it takes off after Juliette tries numerous times to get
Although both Cyrus and AJ are attracted to each other they
both appear to be hiding their feelings. Until one beautiful
January day, while traveling in the mountains he was about
to kiss her until his horse decided differently. AJ is now
determined to find Cyrus and get that first kiss.
B.J. Daniels is a master writer who blends suspense and romance.
Because of all the twists and turns readers are kept guessing
about the ending. This story has a lot of intrigue and mystery
with amazing characters including a tenacious villain.