Review: Mountain Shelter by Cassie Miles

mountain shelterTitle: Mountain Shelter

Author: Cassie Miles

Mills & Boon imprint: Intrigue

Year of publication: 2016

The heroine: Neurosurgeon Jayne Shackleford

The hero: Bodyguard/Games Designer/Rancher Dylan Timmons

The blurb: A mountain hideaway is all that stands between a bodyguard and the killer after his beautiful client…

As a highly skilled cyber security expert and bodyguard, there are few dangers Dylan Timmons can’t handle. But his next assignment brings unexpected risks. Hired to protect brilliant—but socially reclusive—neurosurgeon Jayne Shackleford, Dylan seeks answers in what he suspects was a foiled kidnapping attempt. As the daughter of an oil tycoon, Jayne is the perfect target for ransom, so retreating to the mountains is the first step in keeping her safe. The second step is remaining vigilant in their secluded surroundings—and resisting the beautiful brunette with a target on her back.

Standalone or series: Standalone

The review: This book should have been called ‘Contraditions’, because it was full of them. Take our intrepid heroine, Jayne. She’s a twenty-eight year old prodigy who is one of the world’s leading neurosurgeons, trialling surgery to help restore the memory of stroke patients. Outside the operating theatre, however, she’s a klutz who can’t walk without tripping over her own feet (really? A woman who can perform such delicate, intricate surgery would really be a klutz?). She’s not very experienced with relationships and sex, but underneath her scrubs she wears wild lingerie in animal prints.

And then we have our dashing hero, Dylan. Is there anything this man can’t do? He’s another genius who co-owns a security firm and acts as bodyguard, but is also a tech expert, computer game designer and self-professed nerd who also happens to own a ranch for rescued animals and act as a part-time cowboy. And, as Jayne muses in one scene, could also be a porn star.

So the plot is thus: an assassin for a cartel is trying to kidnap Jayne. Everybody thinks it’s to get back at her wealthy father, but this assassin is apparently not very good at his job because he has several opportunities to kill her but doesn’t. It was obvious to me from very early on in the book why he wanted Jayne, but nobody – not the FBI, not the police, not our genius hero and heroine – seems to figure it out until the very end.

My biggest problem with this book were the two leads – I didn’t really like either of them. I thought Jayne was just a bitch for most of the book, and I found it difficult to swallow Dylan falling in love with her. With Dylan, he seemed to be half a dozen different men rolled into one. Yes, I get being multitalented, but it was like reading different heroes in the same body, and they just didn’t mesh. Neither did Jayne and Dylan. I didn’t really understand their attraction to each other, nor feel I could get into their romance. A pass from me, alas.