Now and Forever by Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Wild at Heart(Book 2)
Goodreads Summary: Matthew Tucker survives a grizzly attack by jumping over a cliff into a rushing river. Unexpectedly, Shannon Wilde takes the plunge with him. Going through a series of waterfalls and rapids turns into a bonding experience.
By the time they battle their way back to civilization, Shannon has been thoroughly compromised, and only a wedding will do. A mountain man who loves to wander in the wilderness far from other people finds himself hitched to a young woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for.
As they learn to live with each other, strange things begin to happen on Shannon’s land. Someone evil clearly wants to drive them off, but whoever it is, apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad–and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with sets off something even Matthew never expected.
What I Liked: Matt was a mountain man but one look into Shannon’s eyes and he knew he wanted her for himself. Yet could he be the husband she deserves? Shannon finds herself jumping off a cliff in the arms of a mountain man who she spends the next few days with trying to return to her family. The next thing they both know they are hitched for better or for worse. I liked both Shannon and Matt. I always enjoy Mary’s humor and friction between her male and female leads.
What I didn’t like: As much as I wanted to love this book it was just okay. I very much liked Matt and Shannon but they liked each other from the start and there was not as much romantic friction between these two characters as some of her other books. They did have to work out issues between them it was just not as funny or entertaining as I expected. I also found the suspense of who was trying to take the farm very predictable. I just think this book would have been a little better had Shannon and Matt not just agree to get married but have a little more friction at least for a little while.
I still enjoyed the book. Just find myself looking forward to the third book half way through this one. I still highly recommend this book as there are lots of laughs and a good plot. I can’t wait to read book three this fall.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.