Type: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: Sent
Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.
Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation, and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.” But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer gets a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact?
I really enjoyed the first in this series and looked forward to more about this Montana town and I was not disappointed. I adored this book and the quirky characters we met along the way.
Millie Switkowski is an RN and first year medical student home for the summer to help with the clinic and get more training. She is trying to convince everyone that she is managing her diabetes so they can back off, but she still gets those concerned looks from her parents. When she realizes Will is back and will be helping with her training, she is not sure how to act, her crush on him last year went unnoticed but at their friend’s wedding he makes some assumptions, so she gets pissed and does not correct him. They start hanging out together and he begins to notice her more, realizing she is fun to be around. When he finds out the truth he is even more intrigued, that is until he realizes she is a diabetic and gets scared.
Will Bartlett has been in the United States for two years, working as a doctor for a rescue unit near Bear Paw, Montana. He moved here for the adventure, trying to live two lives to keep his brother’s memory alive but he is still haunted and has a hard time moving on. He enjoys spending time with Millie, the attraction he feels is growing, but her illness stops him from going further as he knows how delicate life is and is worried about his own heart.
What a delightful book, this series is set in a small town in Montana with fun engaging people. This is the second book in the series and although we met many of the characters including the hero and heroine in the first book, this can easily be read as a standalone.
I like Millie; she has come back home after her first year of med school and is ready to help at the clinic. She had a crush on the Australian doctor last year but after several missteps she tells herself she is not revisiting the issue – yea right. But when he turns to her to fend off other women, all bets are off, and I laughed out loud when Will believes Millie is something she is not and she fails to correct him. The two start to spend time together as friends, and things start to heat up when Will realizes his mistake and starts looking at Millie in a different way. The chemistry works well for these two as their attraction grows from friendship to love, with some definite hot scenes shared.
Will is also very likeable, an Australian cutie that has great intentions when it comes to Millie. He remembers her and liked her well enough last year but never thought of her as more than a colleague or friend, until lately. He does have some issues to deal with concerning his brother, he seems stuck and continually tries to live the life Charlie would have lived, not his own. Millie tries to help but she compounds the problem when he realizes her health issues could be a danger to her and he is not sure he could deal with her loss. She must convince him she is not on her deathbed in order for him to see a future together.
The pace works well, not too fast and it never bogs down. There is humor and some drama as both Will and Millie work out their problems, plus we are treated to a secondary romance featuring the cute geeky Librarian, Ethan and Tara, the new police officer in town. I also enjoyed the author’s hilarious use of Twitter and the various hashtags that keep the people of Bear Paw informed about the gossip around town. I have read other books from this author and will continue to add her books to my reading list, whether we are visiting the wilds of Montana or the outback of Australia.
I give Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe 4.25 stars!