Truly Madly Montana
Medicine River # 2
By: Fiona Lowe
Releasing July 7th, 2015
Summer in Montana brings heat with a chance of romance in the new Medicine River Romance from the award-winning author of Montana Actually
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?
Fiona Lowe is a RITA® and R*BY award-winning, multi-published author with Harlequin , Carina Press and, Berkley USA. Whether her books are set in outback Australia or the USA, they feature small towns with big hearts, and warm, likeable characters that make you fall in love. When she's not writing stories, she's a weekend wife, mother of two 'ginger' teenage boys, guardian of 80 rose bushes, slave to a cat and often found collapsed on the couch with wine.
This was a fantastic read! I had truly enjoyed Montana, Actually, the first book in the series, and I enjoyed this even more - I couldn't put it down!
I adored Millie. She is an awesome heroine - I loved her strength, especially when it came to acting like a normal person even though she's suffering from a serious condition like diabetes, that makes your life anything but normal. I loved her "ordinary, girl next door" attitude and the way she was more practical than fashion-addicted. I immediately connected with her on an emotional level, and I empathized with her throughout the book, feeling every single one of her emotions - especially the attraction to Aussie doctor Will Bartlett! :) Kudos to the author for the perfect depiction of life as a diabetic, both in a medical but most importantly in an emotional way (which I think will help readers with a cronical condition identify and connect with Millie).
Now, Will. Where do I start? He's... just... um... I don't know... I feel like amazing doesn't really describe him. He's a fantastic, complex character. He's supposed to be the commitment-phobic womanizer who's got tons of women throwing themselves at him and he's taking advantage of this situation - which is definitely NOT the kind of hero I like. However, this is what the gossip mill says, but as we get closer and inside his mind, we see the broken-hearted man who's trying to cope with his grief and personal demons and is tired of meaningless relationships. I fell hard for him and he quickly stole my heart. And his adorable Australian accent? To die for!
I loved the scene when Millie and Will meet again, after a few months apart and the following scene when the big misunderstanding happens (read the book to know what I'm talking about). I loved the author's decision of using this misunderstanding to keep them together while the chemistry is building. I laughed at Will's reaction to Millie, knowing he'd never have a chance with her, and at Millie's contrasting reactions when they were together: playing it cool and acting like a buddy, when all her body and heart wanted was to act like a woman and go for the man she was attracted to.
Just like in the previous book, there is another couple in the spotlight (although their story is only secondary and takes up fewer pages than Millie and Will's) and I enjoyed getting to know Ethan and Tara even though sometimes their story pulled me away from Will and Millie's at some unexpected points when all I wanted was to know what happened to Millie and Will. In a way, I'd wished they had their own book, and I hope we'll get to read about them again. Ethan is a great character, and truly hilarious! His #OnlyEthan scenes made me laugh out loud.
There are so many beautiful moments in this book, and I was happy that Josh and Katrina were back too. I'm really looking forward to read the next book and discover whose story is up next.
If you like medical romance and small-town romance, this is a must read.
Through the window, she could see her folks dressed and ready for the wedding and chatting in the kitchen. She’d spent more time than usual getting ready herself, and she thought she looked pretty sharp. As she stepped through the door, she called out, “Hi,” before clicking her fingers and executing a soft-shoe shuffle across the kitchen floor. She finished with a twirl in front of them. “Ta-da.”
Her mother, Susie, dressed in a gray silk shift dress gathered in at the waist with a matching cummerbund and secured with a diamanté broach, stared at her, horrified. “Why are you wearing a tuxedo?”
“Because, Mom . . .” Millie smiled, already prepared for the question. “I’m the best man.”
“You’re the best person,” Susie said in a long-suffering tone, “and in my experience, the women who stand up with their guy friends always wear a dress.”
Stay calm. “I’m sorry you’re upset, Mom, but I did tell you I was wearing a suit.”
“And I assumed you meant something classic like a Chanel.”
She laughed, hearing the tightness in the sound and wishing it wasn’t there. “A Chanel suit is way out of my price range, and besides, it wouldn’t have all these awesome pockets for my stuff.”
“That’s what a purse is for.”
Millie looked at her mother’s tiny clutch purse—the one that perfectly matched her shoes and frock. It was barely big enough to hold a phone, let alone her continuous glucose monitor handset and her test kit. “You know I need more room than that.”
Conflicting emotions warred on her mother’s face, and she let out a sigh. “Yes, honey, but if you’d let me take you shopping, I’m certain we could have found the perfect dress and purse.”
I doubt it. “Mom—”
“You look terrific, Millsy,” her father said, finally stepping into the conversation as he always did just as it was getting uncomfortable. “You’ll put all the other guys in the shade.”
“Thanks, Dad.” She kissed him gratefully on the cheek. “I better get going or Josh will beat me to the church. I’ll see you guys there.”
“At least wear some color,” Susie said, pressing a pretty wine-stained lipstick into her hand. “You look pale. Are you sure you’re feeling okay?”
As a redhead, she was frequently pale, but that wasn’t what her mother meant. “I’m fine, Mom. My blood sugar is my friend today. I promise you that I’ll put on the lipstick just before I go into the church, I’ll spritz on some perfume and I’ll pinch my cheeks, but seriously, all eyes will rightly be on Katrina and Josh, not me.”
Thank goodness. As her fingers closed around the door handle, her father asked, “You’ve got everything you need, right?”
For the briefest moment, she rested her forehead on the doorjamb. She loved her parents dearly, but their constant concern wore her down. Everyone’s constant concern wore her down. She patted her pockets. Dex, keys, test kit, snack. “Yep. Bye.”
It wasn’t until ten minutes later when she was parking next to Josh’s positively gleaming sports car that she realized she’d left her phone back at the guesthouse resting on the charger. Oh well, she was at the church now, and if Josh needed anything he could tell her in person. Feeling naked without her heavy tote bag on her shoulder, she hurried over to the steep-pitched, maroon-roofed building. Stepping out of the bright afternoon sunshine and into the dimness of the changing room, her eyes were slow to adjust, and she fuzzily made out the shape of a guy with his back to her.
“Hey, Josh,” she said moving in for a big hello hug. “Fifteen minutes ’til showtime.” As her arms went firmly around his shoulders, she caught the flash of dark blond hair, the sharp zip of citrus cologne and the glint of amused dark blue eyes.
Josh had brown hair, wore woodsy cologne and his eyes were silvery gray. And as tall as Josh was, her cheek was usually closer to his shoulder than this, and she didn’t remember him feeling quite this broad. Who exactly was she body-hugging?
She was about to step back when she heard, “Hey, Millie,” Josh’s voice filled with gentle amusement. “On my wedding day, you’re supposed to be making a fuss over me, not Will.”
Her brain melted at the exact same moment as her body. No way! Not possible. Will wasn’t even coming to the wedding. But as she glanced up into familiar dancing eyes—eyes she’d spent way too much time daydreaming about last year—she knew.
Dear Lord, she had her arms wrapped tightly around Will Bartlett.
Shock dried her mouth and embarrassment made her arms drop away fast from his wide shoulders. She stumbled backward, wishing desperately that she could teleport anywhere as long as it was far, far away from here and Will Bartlett.
Be cool. Be calm. Be disinterestedly detached. “H-Hi-ello, Will.”
Oh yeah, so smooth.
“G’day, Millie.” A cheeky grin lit up his perfectly symmetrical face, and she saw the precise moment he recalled exactly their last meeting—the time she’d fallen into his lap. “We have to stop meeting like this.”