Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
My Copy: Sent
He hides from the world…but he can’t hide from her. Moving her veterinary practice out west is a chance for Mary-Beth to start over. But her resolve to learn to hold her tongue goes out the window when she meets Jacob, a Lakota cowboy who says next to nothing—especially about the black leather mask covering half his face. Sometimes he seems to be almost flirting. Other times, it’s as if he’s angry she exists. But there’s no mistaking the heat that flares between them.
Jacob still isn’t sure who—or what—carved up his face and killed his best friend three years ago. All he knows is the thing was after a child he now hides with his silence. A medicine woman’s granddaughter he would die to protect. Outspoken, sexy Mary Beth reminds him of how lonely his life has become. But he can’t forget how much he stands to lose if any distraction allows a monster to rise again and destroy the last hope of his people.
This is the second book in the White Sandy series and is a wonderful addition. I thoroughly enjoy reading about these sexy men and the women that tame them.
Mary Beth is moving to a new place and a new life, taking a job as a local veterinarian near the reservation of White Sandy. She is leaving her current boyfriend, but then that is not unusual as she is following the same pattern of leaving as she has with the last five men. She never wants to lose control of her life so before she gets too involved she leaves.
Jacob, a Lakota Indian who works at a nearby ranch wears a leather mask to hide his face. For the last three years his whole purpose in life is to hide and protect Kip, a seven year old albino child who watched her parents die and Jacob get injured. Many believe she is a holy person and will protect her with their lives as they feel she is still in danger.
Buck McGillis, the owner of the ranch where Jacob works and who is Mary Beth’s largest customer, is an evil man who Mary Beth ends up pissing off right away, I love that she is so outspoken, again to keep control in her life but she uses the snarky personally with ease.
As summer gives way to fall, things heat up between Mary Beth and Jacob, and it is fun watching them move toward each other, and then back off just as fast. Yet no matter how they feel, there is one thing that they both agree on, they are baffled by several mysterious happenings around the area; Jacob’s mustangs get sick and the slaughter of cattle near the reservation. And then to make things more complicated, everyone is in danger when Kip disappears, yet Jacob knows just where she is.
I am so happy to return to White Sandy, the characters are so interesting and intriguing. This is the second book in the series and although we do revisit a story line from the first book of a mysterious poisoning and meet some of the same people, this can easily be read alone, but why would you want to as the first book is so good. The story starts slow as both Mary Beth and Jacob fall into a routine of work and watching each other from afar, yet it definitely picks up after one steamy afternoon during a storm, and as they deal with the aftermath, the emotions run deep.
I love Jacob; he is so protective of those around him, Kip especially. Yet when he meets Mary Beth he immediately brings her into this protective shelter he has created. Even when he tries to stay away, he is always watching out for her. The chemistry between Jacob and Mary Beth sizzles and I love when she can’t stay away even when she is mad. She is so outspoken that you never have to wonder what she thinks or feels and tells Jacob frequently.
I enjoy seeing characters we have met before help Jacob and Mary Beth find answers to problems plaguing them, I especially enjoy seeing Nobody and hope to hear his story one day, and of course I am happy to see Madeline and Rebel anytime.
The story catches you from the start as Ms. Anderson weaves a tale of mystery and Indian lore that surrounds the reservation. I am excited to see where this story is going; I love the White Sandy area and those that live there.
I give Masked Cowboy by Sarah M. Anderson 4.5 stars!