Montana Mornings by Kim Law Release Date: February 28, 2017 Publisher: Montlake Romance Book #3 in the Wildes of Birch Bay series Number of Pages: 320 Kindle Edition Source: Kindle Lending Library (September selection) Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: NC-17 Read 9/8/18 to 9/10/18
After reading this story, it makes sense to me why the author waited to give us Gabe’s story. After reading the first book I was really rooting for him to get his HEA, so I was a bit surprised when the second book was Nick’s story. While all of these books are emotional and have some heavy subject matter and all deal with the Wilde siblings coming to terms with their terrible mother, this book and the first book really delve into the mom stuff on a deeper level. Having this story play out directly after Dani’s story in Montana Cherries may have been too heavy.
As I said in my review of Montana Rescue, you really should read this series as a whole instead of these books as standalone stories. There is so much that we learn as the series goes along in regards to the upbringing of the Wildes and the way it shaped who they are now. And honestly, you cannot comprehend the vileness of Gabe’s ex-wife without having read the other books. Just like, in this story, Erica didn’t quite get Gabe’s views on his ex. To be fair to Erica, Gabe is so messed up from his childhood and realizing he basically married a copy of his mom that he doesn’t really talk about these things with her until things come to a head.
Erica and Gabe had a relationship in college, but their breakup seems like it was amicable enough and they both went on to other relationships. Which makes it a bit of a surprise to both of them how much chemistry is still sparking between them. Neither of them feel they’re really in the right place in life to start a relationship, but since they had a friendship in the past they seem to easily fall back into sharing their days with each other.
The most heartbreaking and most difficult parts to read are about Jenna, Gabe’s daughter. That little girl brought me to tears more times than I could count. Erica was amazing with her, even when Gabe didn’t agree with her assessments. For his part, Gabe was in such a difficult position of giving his daughter love while setting boundaries. Jenna had been through so much and lost so much that Gabe had a hard time finding the line between being a pushover and giving Jenna what she needed.
Of course, this author likes to mess with me. Where I really thought the next story would be Cord’s, instead it will be Jaden’s. I guess Cord isn’t quite ready for his HEA. And let’s face it, other than Dani I’m sure he has the most messed up mommy issues he has to deal with. So maybe we need that break again.
I’m so glad I found this series and really need to find the time to read this author’s other books soon.