Gage is part of the Barringer Brothers series but can be read as a standalone.
After nearly losing his friend in a logging accident, Gage Barringer is convinced now more than ever that he needs to find a different job. But his side business of breaking colts at the small Montana ranch he inherited from his grandfather doesn't earn him enough money. He has his mind set on running The Raven's Nest, a popular bar and restaurant near his ranch. The original owner has died and Gage is waiting for it to be put up for sale. But there is a five-foot-four, brown eyed, obstacle in his way, an obstacle with lips made for sin and a voice made for breaking hearts. And Summer Donovan is one road block Gage Barringer won't be able to find a way around.
This was my first Tess Oliver read and it was a good story. We start by meeting Summer and LOTS of drama that changes the path she planed on taking in life. She up roots herself from everything she known and dreamt of to move from California to Minnasota and run her late grandfathers restaurant. Needless to say things aren't so easy and she is definately tested in life.
Enter Gage! Gage is a sexy logger who was hoping to buy the Raven's Nest (her grandfather's restaurant). Once he learns Summer has moved here to take over he can't help but hope she fails. These two don't really start off on the right foot, well she catches him coming out of the women's bathroom after having sex and breaking a sink. These two end up having more encounters that rattle them both. There's an instant attraction but they both fight it and I love the banter between them.
They both grow as people and fall hard for each other. They have a hard time letting their guard down and trusting the other. Gage never thought he'd fall for one girl so some of the choices he makes when things aren't how he wants them will make you want to smack him. The only reason I am not giving this a 5 star was the instalove and sometimes (rarely) the dialogue didn't seem believable to me.
Rating: 4 stars
He looked at me a long moment. "I want you so fucking bad, Summer, it hurts." He combed his long hair back with his fingers and chuckled at some inside joke. "You have no idea how bad."
"Then what's holding you back? It seems to me--"
He shook his head. "Can't explain it to myself." His dark lashes dropped as he stared down at the floor, and when he lifted his face to me, I realized that I was falling hard for him.
"I guess I don't want to scare you off." He shook his head. "Not that I'm scary in bed," he quickly amended. "I don't want to come on too strong. Hell, I guess I'm just trying to make a good impression."
"Stop with the good impression shit. I want a lasting impression, Gage."
His pale blue eyes flickered in the light as he looked at me. "I can do lasting." He crossed the room in two steps. His arms curled around my back, and he pulled me against him. His mouth covered mine. The kiss was long and hard and driven by that intense longing that had been building up between us. He took hold of my good hand and walked me down the short hall to my bedroom. He pushed open the door with his boot and led me inside.
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