Awkward and low on self-esteem, Professor Zoe Santangelo moved from south California to Idaho as a stepping stone to the Ivy League and tenure to make her father proud. During the first snowstorm of the season, Zoe skids into a ditch and is rescued by charming, funny, confident, sexy, hometown hero and successful rancher Cal. He’s been alone since his wife chose his teammate when Cal was injured.
Settling into a different kind of life than she’s used to, Zoe works toward her goal but doesn’t share with Cal who sees a different future for them. When Zoe notices a change in one of her more dedicated student’s grades, Amy confesses she’s being stalked though no one believes her. The serial stalker with rape in mind has no problem switching targets when Zoe ruins the game planned for Amy.
While this reader was charmed by Cal and liked Zoe, the romance disappointed. (Unbelievable role model) Zoe’s esteem and daddy issues were evident and stagnant. Amy portrayed terror well and the stalker kept you guessing at their identity until the unmasking. For my taste the surface simplicity overlaying a seedy underbelly didn’t read as planned and the multiple POV’s didn’t help the flow.