cover image Silver Creek Fire

Silver Creek Fire

Lindsay McKenna. Zebra, $8.99 mass market (384p) ISBN 978-1-4201-5082-7

McKenna (the Wind River Valley series) launches her Silver Creek series with this stirring work of romantic suspense. Talented 29-year-old woodworker Lea Ryan takes a job renovating Logan Anderson’s Wild Goose Ranch in Silver Creek, Wyo. On her way there, her truck is rammed in a hit-and-run accident, and it’s the strapping Logan himself who rescues her from her totaled vehicle. As Lea recovers from her minor injuries and becomes immersed in her work on Logan’s ranch house, she and Logan grow close: he opens up to her about the death of his wife and unborn daughter, and she shares details of a traumatic incident from her teen years that left her wary of men. Their growing connection is only heightened by a mounting element of danger: a man who wants Logan’s land for fracking starts sending increasingly violent threats. Logan’s determination to keep Lea safe will please fans of the genre, while Lea’s bravery and passion for the environment make her an admirable character. The romance is slow to evolve but rich with emotion and intensified by suspense. Readers will be excited to see where McKenna takes the series next. Agent: Claire Gerus, Claire Gerus Literary. (Nov.)