Last Chance Rescue: A Story of Rescue and Romance in the Rocky Mountains
By: Tracey Cramer-Kelly
Publication Date: January 2008
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: August 2009
The two snowmobilers were probably high-marking it, but it would be the last time for one of them. Brad got a glimpse of the man’s mangled face just before they covered him, but it didn’t deter him from wanting to try his hand at search-and-rescue. Maybe it was the fact that he no longer had a job or, if he really thought about it, it could be Jesse van Dyke. He’d known her practically since they were babes in arms, but well...things change. She was on the SAR team and she was not only good at what she did, she was hot. She loved him as a friend, but that might change in time. Mrs. Brad Sievers. It sounded good, but that just wasn’t going to happen because she probably wouldn’t look twice at him.
Jesse had secrets and they were as deep, dark and turbulent as a Colorado Rocky ravine at night. A tour of Iraq left its mark, but things like helping deliver Mistletoe’s foal, Holly, on the ranch and her dedication to her job did seem to breathe a little life back into her soul. Every positive attribute that could be slapped on a woman Jess could lay claim to save one and that was a sense of peace. Brad couldn’t seem to get anywhere with her and found old man jealousy smacking him upside the head whenever he thought another man like Drew loved her. She seemed more interested in his sister Kimmie’s eating disorder than him. Everyone else could sense they were perfect for each other except the two of them.
Brad was on the team and Dan was constantly pairing them up when a call came in. Things were pretty much routine until Brad had to clip Jesse into a harness to rappel down over a cliff. There were a couple of injured men down below. When she saw who was down there she was shocked into a silence he’d never seen before. “My God, it is you, Jess...” the injured man was as surprised as she was. “Quinn, we’ve got to stop meeting like this.” Who was this man? The familiarity was too much for Brad to understand. Were those deep dark secrets coming to life at the bottom of a cliff in the Rockies?
This book was an enjoyable quick read. The story was not overtaken by smutty innuendo, but was a pleasant love story. Told from Brad’s point of view, it was a nice change of pace to find an emotionally vulnerable man instead of a man totally devoid of feelings pretending to be a tough guy. The storyline moved right along, making this a fun read, but every now and then it would skip and leave me wondering what happened in between. The only thing I didn’t care much for was the overly frequent ventures into bars to get a drink. Other than that, we’ve got a winner!
Quill says: This story of a Colorado Rocky Mountain romance and rescue is the perfect beach book! Curl your toes in the sand for a sizzling ride with a new rocky mountain high. She loves me, she loves me not...