I've been looking for awesome lumberjack/mountain man romance lately, and I've been struggling. I've found some that are great, and some that don't work for me AT ALL. So, I'm hoping that y'all can help a romance addict out and let me know what lumberjack/mountain man romance I should be reading. But first, here's what worked and DIDN'T work for me recently:
Worked: Unloved by Katy Regnery
Why it worked: This was exactly what I was looking for when I set out to find romance heroes who could live off the grid and off the land--and who could take care of their heroines in just about any situation. But beyond that, there was a really emotional, heart-string-pulling romance here that made sense to me. There was instant attraction, but not instalove. The whole thing just worked from beginning to end. Here's my glow-y 5-star review, in fact. The world needs more lumberjack/mountain man romances like this one.
Didn't work: The Mountain Man's Runaway Bride by L. Nicole
Why it didn't work: The hero and heroine met one day, were having sex later that day (even though she'd arrived in town as the mail-order bride of another man), and were professing their love and trying to start a family the next day. Now, I'm cool with instant attraction. But this blew right past that in banana-pants instalove territory and I just couldn't deal. Plus, I find it hard to believe that any woman "in need of a change" would agree to become a mail-order bride and move to Alaska on a whim. That's just not the kind of thing you do because you're bored one Sunday afternoon, you know? The sheer amount of new winter clothes I'd have to buy would make it undoable for me personally. But anyhoo, this was NOT the kind of lumberjack/mountain man romance I was in the market for.
Worked: Alaska Wild by Helena Newbury
Why it worked: Now, this was a little instalove-y, too, if I'm being honest. But this author has such a way of writing engaging characters and wild storylines that I always overlook it. It's just a fun, sexy survival read. Here's my 5-star review if you're interested. But, long-story-short, I wouldn't mind reading more lumberjack/mountain man romances like this one.
Didn't Work: Mountain Man Next Door by Ava Grace
Why it didn't work: Boring, bland Mary Sue heroine and the two grunting, monosyllabic potential heroes who love her at first sight. Nope. Not for me. Here's my full review, though, just in case grunting monosyllabic heroes and Mary Sue heroines are your jam. I don't judge. You do you.
Worked for me: Break the Rules by Roxie Noir
Why it worked: A) It was hilarious and light-hearted, and I can always use more of THAT in my life, B) The heroine was smart and competent and never ventured into TSTL territory, and C) The hero is a hot forest ranger, and you just don't see enough of those in Romancelandia. Here's my full review if you're interested (and you should be, because this was a great book).
Worked: The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
Why it worked: Kristen Ashley has a very unique writing style that isn't for everyone. People either really like it, or they really, um, don't. I'm one of the ones who like it. Her men are alpha, but not complete jerks (though some of them DO have their moments), and they respect the women in their lives. This particular book and this particular hero are probably my favorite of the Kristen Ashley world. I'd take more books about guys like Max any day.
OK...so, what do you have for me? All recommendations for anything you think I might like are welcome. Please and thanks!