Montana Actually by Fiona Lowe (Medicine River #1)

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

City doctor Josh Stanton and his sports car don’t suit the country, but with his medical school debt about to bury him, Josh has to make the best out of a bad situation. Adjusting to his new job and life in the middle of nowhere isn’t easy, but at least the views of the mountains—and one distractingly attractive local—are stunning…

After eight years away, Katrina McCade is back in Bear Paw for a break from her life, bad choices—and men. But when a broad-shouldered stranger bursts into town, she finds herself unexpectedly saddled with the town’s sexy new doctor as a tenant. Katrina doesn’t need a man to make her happy, especially a disgruntled physician. But try telling her body that…

A new series from an author I have enjoyed reading previously. I love the backdrop this series brings, the beautiful state of Montana with amazing characters that contribute to a wonderful romance.

Katrina is back home again after an embarrassing discovery, something she is not ready to talk about, her boyfriend of eight months was married and she never knew. She especially does not want anything to do with men, specifically those that are in the medical profession. Although she is a nurse, she wants to regroup so is working odd jobs around town.

Dr. Josh Stanton moved to Bear Paw to help pay down his student loans, he followed his own path as an ER doctor, much to his father’s dismay and he refuses to ask him for money. He is an unhappy figure as he drives into this small town with his fancy sports car and entitled manner, he left his fiancé on the curb of their Chicago apartment as she watched him drive away, refusing to go with him and he feels betrayed. So the sparks fly when he drives up to the home he is given and finds a sexy woman painting the living room, only to have paint poured over his head, an interesting beginning.

I have read Ms. Lowe’s books before and love how she writes such real characters, flaws and all. She also infuses heartache, joy and passion into her stories and the reader is treated to not only love and laughter, but also sorrow and raw emotion.

Katrina is very likable, she is back home wondering what went wrong in her life. She thought she knew all the signs of a cheating husband, but she missed them and is feeling embarrassed and oh so stupid. To make matters worse, she can’t even live in her own cottage, as the hospital rented it out to a doctor, of all people. And of course when they meet for the first time fireworks begin. He comes off as an entitled ass and she wants no part of the new doctor in town, especially one that feels he is doing everyone a favor for just being here.

Josh is in Bear Paw for one reason, to pay down his staggering student loans, many small towns will help with loans if doctors will come to work for a year of so, which should be a win, win for all parties. But poor Josh is feeling a bit cranky, not only is he in the smallest place he has ever lived, his fiancé who helped him pick this place decided she wants no part of his adventures. As much of an ass as he is when he first meets Katrina, I do feel sorry for him. He actually grew on him with each page I read. The two together are explosive and I enjoyed their witty banter and the sexual tension when they were in the same room. As they try a no strings attached affair, hearts get in the way and Josh becomes more human.

Secondary characters play huge parts in this romance, there are several small stories that add to this book, Beau and Shannon’s story is very sweet and I enjoyed it immensely as they help heel each other from past issues and together they help her son, Hunter gain the footing every young teenager needs to move forward. Then there is Katrina’s parents, their story is heartfelt and extremely emotional but Ms. Lowe does not gloss over the issues and the story is touching as well as sad.

The pace is perfect, we are treated to the loves and losses of these engaging characters. There are many laugh out loud moments and several I cried over. An amazing start to a new series that I highly recommend.

I give Montana Actually by Fiona Lowe 4.25 stars!

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