Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father's legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There's one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she'll take a few risks to get closer.
Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until he shattered his knee. Gold Mountain became his refuge—and now Kane Enterprises is threatening that home. When he meets Sam, he has no idea she's the one to blame, he just knows the attraction between them is one he hasn't felt in years. A scorching hot one-night stand is just what he needs. Little does he guess that it will change everything…
Each book in the Men of Gold Mountain series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Make Me Stay
Book #2 Make Me Beg
Book #3 Make Me Want
|Publisher:||Entangled Publishing, LLC|
|Series:||Men of Gold Mountain , #1|
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment lled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sam and Austin had smoking hot chemistry. Their story was definitely filled with a whole lot of steam. But I enjoyed even more the way they connected, the way they were able to open up to each other despite just meeting. They had the fast spark of connection and it worked for this story. Sam grew as a character. She grew into her own person and pursued her goals as the leader of her company. She was tough as nails and very self confident. Austin finally realized there is a whole lot more to life than what he was doing. I love when characters change and grow into a stronger version of their true selves. Definitely a great story. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Rebecca Brooks starts off her Men of Gold Mountain romance series with a sexy tale of a retired Olympic skier and a businesswoman intent on convincing him to sell his land for further development of the ski resort where he lives and works. The tricky part comes when she meets him on the ski hill and doesn't reveal her true identity - at least not until it could cost her the man she's falling for. For the most part this is an enjoyable read, with a few sticky points for me. I enjoyed the skiing scenes, and they felt very realistic (as much as I can say that, being a non skier myself). Austin comes across as a bit of a brooding hero (for good reasons) and a loner so when he finds himself attracted to the beautiful stranger Sam that he meets on the ski hill, a commitment free fling seems apropos. Sam's decision to hide her identity is weak, since she uses her real name Sam, short for Samantha, and Austin doesn't seem to clue into who she might be even with all the hints (such as her obviously being a wealthy and dedicated businesswoman who seems to be on the side of Kane developments, the company trying to buy him out). Also, I'm not a big fan of the 'keeping things secret' until late in the story plot device as a way to build conflict. I'd much rather have seen Austin and Sam hash that out in the first part of the story and then build on their relationship. But they do have chemistry, and the steamy scenes are well written and engaging. And I liked how the story ended, the compromises they both had to make in order to consider a long term relationship and how Sam was able to work Austin's concerns into the development plans for the area while maintaining her own professional integrity and her father's dreams. That was well done. In the end, it's a 3.5 star read for me. I look forward to reading the next in the series!
I received an ARC in exchange for a voluntary honest review. This was my first Rebecca Brooks novel and it won't be my last! I really enjoyed this novel of second chances in life, love, and opportunities. Opportunities have always come easily for Samantha Kane. She has lived a life full of love and opportunities. Samantha worked hard to become the head of Kane Enterprises, but never really wanted to be the one in charge--until her dad died. At work, she's considered to be anything but "nice. Kane Enterprises has been trying to get Austin to sell them his property so they can turn Gold Mountain into a world class ski resort--third largest in the world. He refuses, so Samantha heads to the mountains to deal with Mr. Reede herself. Austin Reede had the kind of childhood he'd rather forget. His dad regularly beat his mom. At 18yrs old, Austin had hopes of going to the Olympics. His mom had never seen him ski before, so Austin came home to pick her up so that she could finally see him ski. Austin's dad thought he was taking her away from the abuse, so came after Austin with a hammer crushing his knee and his chances to become an Olympian. After rehab, Austin escapes to Gold Mountain to start over. Austin and Sam meet on the mountain and find their attraction so strong, they can't seem to stop thinking about each other. Their friendship quickly turns into something more, until Austin realizes who Sam actually is. Samantha didn't intend to lie about who she really was, but started falling for Austin and knew he wouldn't even talk to her if he knew who she really was. So as not to ruin the ending.....let me just say I LOVED the Epilogue. It brought the story full circle and gave Sam and Austin their HEA. I highly recommend this novel! It was very well written, sad, but happy at the same time.
Make Me Stay gives an in depth description of the Gold Mountain, the ski resort where this story takes place. Sam has inherited a multi billion business in property development and is on the verge of realising a project started by her father. She is known as being tough and unmoving when it comes down to business deals. This project is taking longer to finalise due to one individual refusing to accept her offer because of his principles. Austin was on his way to the Olympics for a skiing medal but withdrew due to cruel circumstances. He is now a ski instructor and is fairly content with his life on the mountains with his dog for company. Although he has made some good friends, he doesn't divulge his past to any of them. Sam takes a trip from Seattle to go to the mountains with the intention of using a personal touch to convince Austin why he should accept her offer. She has no idea who he is until she comes across him by accident! One look at him and she feels that she has been struck by lightning. Spending some quality time with him before revealing her identity and the purpose of her presence seems like a good idea. Austin is just as struck by her and they spend time on the ski slopes which leads to a scorching one night stand. Only one night isn't enough and feelings start to run deep. How will Austin react when he finds out why Sam is in Gold Mountain? Sam comes across as being selfish, deceitful and uncaring of others as long as she gets what she wants. It's a different story when she finds herself on the receiving end. On the plus side, it makes her rethink her behaviour and her purpose in life. Austin doesn't allow anyone to get too close but his intentions are honourable and he has a great sense of humour. The story becomes more and more intense as it goes along and finding out how it all turns out becomes a compulsion. I would recommend to those who like steamy novels full of drama and surprises. I was kindly issued with an an eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
To move forward, there has to be a point of letting go. Make Me Stay took that adage and ran with it. Sam and Austin were so focused on what could have been that they lost sight of what could possibly be. Seeking to complete her late father's dream, Sam sets out to convince Austin to help her to make the dream a reality. Half-truths and emotional attachment muddies the water making her clear cut plan into a heartbreaking choice. Make Me Stay was frustrating, irritating, exhilarating, heartbreaking and captivating. An expression of all the feelings of love.