Reese’s Cowboy Kisses by Kimberly Krey is the first book in the Sweet Montana Bride Series and it is great beginning.
Reese Taylor is a former Beauty Queen who has a big problem, someone wants her dead. A failed attempt on her life sends her into hiding. She enters witness protection and is sent to Emerson Ranch in Montana. She is in hiding until the authorities can find the person responsible for the attempt on her life.
Blake Emerson agrees to take Reese in, figuring he now will have much needed help with running the ranch. He expects Reese to be a HE, not a former beauty pageant winner. He is shocked and more than a little upset. Not only is he missing the extra help he needs, he has a beautiful young woman that he does not know what to do with. Not only does he have to protect her from the would-be murderer, but also from his ranch hands. And the biggest problem of all, he has to protect himself from losing his heart to her.
I think the characters are what made this book so good. Reese is a spunky, strong-willed woman who has a big heart. She does not like to be ignored and she really does not like to take orders from others, especially from Blake. The two clash quite often and sometimes it is hard to tell who is victorious. I really liked the banter and humor and the way their relationship grows. And I really enjoyed the ranch hands, they seemed very realistic to me. They were fascinated by Reese and greatly enjoyed her friendship.
The writing style flows smoothly and this is an easy read. The suspense starts at the beginning of the book and then really gets building more towards the end. There were enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and turning pages to see what would happen next. There are also many areas of humor interspersed, especially involving the ranch hands and Blake and Reese. I enjoyed that a lot.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a clean romance with suspense mixed in. This is the first book I have read in the series and by this author but it will definitely not be my last. Do yourself a favor and get this book to read, you will not be disappointed.