Author: A.J. Marcus
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 200 pages
Blurb: Mountain Spirit: Book One
Brock Summers is a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer with a heart of gold. When he discovers a video of golden eagles being shot and learns of a nest in trouble, not even a blizzard can stop him from trekking up the mountain in an attempt to rescue them.
When Brock returns with the one eaglet he manages to save, Landon Weir, the local wildlife rehabilitator, patches up the bird and the injury Brock suffered during the rescue. Though they have been friends and colleagues for years, their shared passion for protecting wildlife and the feeling of Brock’s body under his hands makes Landon see Brock differently. For the first time, Landon wonders if they can be more than friends.
To Landon’s surprise, Brock asks him out to dinner to thank him for his aid, but before they manage their first date, another video of eagles being killed surfaces. Neither man will let inclement weather, a dangerous mountain, or armed poachers stop them from rescuing the eagles—or each other.
Review: I loved the premise of this book. I thought it was a unique plot line and it felt new and interesting. The story unfortunately didn’t appeal to me as much as I wanted it to.
Brock is a wildlife officer. We meet him trying desperately to save a little baby eagle. He has a passion for his job, and the wildlife of Colorado. Sometimes it causes tension because he pushes what is prudent in his job, for the good of the animals. I liked his relationship with his friend and work partner and also his love for his doggy. Come on, a man who loves and spoils his dog is a huge turn on.
Landon is a more spiritual man. He works hard to care for the wildlife rescued. He is careful and intentional in his care for them. One of the things I liked about him in this story was the realism of the constant care. He wasn’t able to miss feedings, cage cleaning, and his volunteers were all trained and acted like it.
Although they had known each other, working in similar environments, it wasn’t until they were brought into a mystery about a poacher that they spent real time together and sparks hit.
Here is where I struggled with the book. Things just snapped into place too perfectly. Brock was beautiful and manly and the perfect wildlife officer. Landon, perfect lean body with perfect rehabilitation center. And together they perfectly come together perfectly. The sex was perfect, the way they communicated was perfect and of course the mystery was perfectly solved. It was too much. I need a flaw or two so they seem human, and these men just didn’t have one.
It’s still a cute story. And I stand by my stance that the premise was unique. A simple sweet story. If you are looking for easy and don’t want complex and angst then this is a book for you.
Reviewed by Beans