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Summer in Montana brings heat with a chance of romance in the new Medicine River Romance from the award-winning author of Montana Actually.
Sexy and charming Australian doctor Will Bartlett will do anything to help out a friend, even if it means moving to Bear Paw for the summer. Some small-town hospitality, and the uncomplicated friendship of his co-worker, Millie, is just the ticket to shake off the restlessness that’s been gripping him lately.
Millie Switkowski, RN and medical student, is home for her clinical rotation, and she’s determined to make this summer so much better than last. She’s got a year of medical school under her belt, her diabetes is under control and she’s kicked her crazy crush for Will Bartlett, who only ever treated her as “one of the guys.”
But when Will turns out to be Millie’s supervising physician, without warning the summer gets a whole lot hotter than either of them anticipated. With both of them holding onto thorny secrets, can they walk away with their hearts intact?
As Millie Switkowski drove into Bear Paw for the first time in months, it seemed both ironic and fitting that her continuous glucose monitor, Dex, started beeping wildly. It was like a mocking welcome home message—You’re back where it all started, baby.
“Okay, Dex,” she said to the machine with which she shared a love-hate relationship. “Simmer down. I’m pulling over.”
She’d been late leaving Bozeman because last night instead of packing, she’d panicked and had done last-minute cramming for her microbiology final. As it turned out, the extra study hadn’t been necessary, and she would have been far better spending the time loading the car as per her original idea. For five years she’d worked at making her life a series of well-thought-out plans, and she knew she really needed to trust them more. If she’d had more faith in her study program, today’s road trip would have been divided up into ordered and necessary scheduled breaks rather than her rushing to get to Bear Paw by six and risking a sugar crash.
Parking next to the enormous twenty-seven-foot-high, ten-thousand-pound concrete penguin, which confidently declared that Bear Paw was the coldest spot in the nation, she smiled at the incongruity of it as she often did. She’d always wondered how the brain trust behind the black-and-white statue had both cheerfully disregarded Alaska and the fact that penguins weren’t found in the northern hemisphere. Geography was obviously not their strong suit. She pricked her finger and tested her blood sugar—predictably low—before rummaging through her enormous tote bag until she found a juice box and some fruit snacks.
The last thing she needed was to arrive at Dr. Josh Stanton’s bachelor party with plummeting blood sugar. She didn’t need the drama of feeling like crap. She surely didn’t need the drama of people hovering or, worse still, some well-meaning person telling her parents she’d arrived back in town looking pale and shaky. No, she was striding into Leroy’s and the party like any normal twenty-six-year-old woman just back from grad school.
Truth be told, most normal twenty-six-year-old women probably weren’t invited to their former boss’s bachelor party, but Josh, like everyone else in town, never seemed to notice she was a woman. She was just Millie. Practical, sensible, dependable Millie—one of the guys. Someone who could shoot pool and throw darts with the best of them.
Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe is the second book in the Medicine River romance series. I fell in love with Bear Paw, Montana and all the awesome characters in book one – Montana Actually. Truly Madly Montana gives us two developing romance stories: Millie and Will and Tara and Ethan. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I love falling for the secondary characters in this series. As much as I loved Will and Millie – Ethan was my favorite in this book.
The author does a fantastic job of really keeping two stories going at once. I like how everyone is connected and how the story follows the town as well as the characters. It is a joy to read Fiona’s stories. I really liked how Truly Madly Montana focused on medical emergencies with Millie and Will’s work. Ethan was such a fun, quirky character – from his kind, loyal demeanor to the fun outfits he wears, he’s just someone you want to know. Tara was slow to warm up to Bear Paw, but it was so easy to understand why.
With Truly Madly Montana by Fiona Lowe, I can definitely say this is going to be one my favorite series. I’m already looking forward to the next book. Bear Paw feels like somewhere I’d like to call home. If you love real-life small town stories balanced with scorching romance, Medicine River is a great series to read. It’s going on my auto-buy list for sure.