cover image Luke


R.C. Ryan. Forever, $7.99 mass market (368p) ISBN 978-1-4555-9163-3

Ryan’s fine second Malloys of Montana contemporary (after Matt) delivers on all expectations. Luke Malloy is the middle son, a wild child with a heart of gold. Ingrid Larsen is a struggling rancher with a spine of steel. When Luke learns of threats to the Larsen ranch, he doesn’t hesitate to step in. Ingrid’s cautious, dutiful nature makes her reluctant to trust Luke’s gallantry, but she can’t deny how much she needs a strong friend. With help from the community and Luke’s loving family, they stand together to face every peril. Their relationship starts with danger, and the suspense and romantic tension never flag. Ryan creates vivid characters against the lovingly rendered backdrop of sweeping Montana ranchlands. The passion between Ryan’s protagonists, which they keep discreet, is tender and heartwarming. The plot is drawn in broad strokes, but Ryan expertly brings it to a satisfying conclusion. (Dec.)