Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review – ‘Mr. Taken’ by Danica Winters


Blurb 
  
In Mystery, Montana, a white-hot hunk fights fire with passion...  
Though he's ridiculously handsome and notoriously funny, it's Colter Fitzgerald's firefighting skills that are most needed by Whitney Barstow--at first. She's been traumatized by fire and terrified that the arsonist sabotaging Dunrovin Ranch is a madman from her past. She's also fearful that harm will come to any man she loves, so denies her attraction to Colter. Then why is she jealous of another woman's hands all over him? On the eve of the ranch's Christmas festival, Colter wants no one but Whitney, body, soul and darkest secrets. But there's still an arsonist to stop...before what makes the season bright is Dunrovin in flames. 

Review 
 
In the third Mystery Christmas book, Whitney Barstow works at a popular guest ranch in the wilds of Montana. Though she loves animals, she does her best to avoid the horses and the barn at Dunrovin Ranch. A while back, she nearly died in a barn fire and the memories still color her life, her choices, and her everyday thoughts.
Colter Fitzgerald is a fireman but he’s spending a lot of time at his family’s ranch to help prepare for Yule Night, an annual party his parents always throw for the community. He’s attracted to Whitney, but she can’t stand him. She has secrets, and he’s determined to uncover them. Once they finally become friends and start opening up to each other, little accidents start happening around the ranch. Some of the clues point to Whitney, and given her mysterious past, Colter wonders if he’s fallen in love with an arsonist.
This is a really good book. Whitney has been through a lot in her life and it’s made her a strong, careful person. Colter is a ladies’ man, but he’s seriously interested in Whitney. Sparks sizzle every time they’re around one another, but her fear of trusting someone and falling in love kept pushing them apart. After all, her ex is looking for her, and she may have to start running again.
Whitney’s past wasn’t fully explained. She’s on the run from her ex-husband who tried to kill her, but I don’t understand why she married him in the first place since he was already stalking and scaring her when she was a teenager. I was just confused with her backstory.
Anyway, I liked Whitney and sympathized with what she’s gone through. Colter is great and very family oriented. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I volunteered to read and review this book. Thank you, Danica Winters for sending me a print copy. I am not paid or compensated in any way, shape, or form for this review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.