The Brides of Black Mountain by D’Ann Lindun

BRIDES
The Brides of Black Mountain: Shiloh’s Song and Mending Fences by D’Ann Lindun
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (182 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Camellia

Shiloh’s Song
All Shiloh Jamieson wants is a chance to make it in the country music business. Unfortunately, her mother—a bitter failure in the biz—stands in Shiloh’s way. So does Shiloh’s own fear of what she might have to do to succeed—sleeping her way around Nashville—is not an option.

Country music superstar Dillon Travers left Nashville’s bright lights and fame for Black Mountain, Colorado, craving peace, solitude and to run his rescue horse ranch. His wife’s death has left him disillusioned with the career he once loved.

Can a sassy newcomer and a jaded veteran each find their way together when one desperately wants what the other needs to forget?

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Mending Fences

Starla Jamieson owns a successful bar, and it’s enough for her. She’s never wanted a child of her own because between helping raise her younger brothers and a dozen half-sisters, Starla’s parented plenty. To avoid the motherhood trap, she walked away from the only man she ever wanted. But nobody else has ever been able to fill Trevor Lee’s boots.

Trevor Lee has never forgiven Starla for the lie she told him. He’s also never stopped loving her. His head tells him she’s not the right woman for him because he wants a traditional family… and that’s just not Starla. But his heart can’t forget her.

When the unexpected consequences of a night of passion forces them to examine their past, they have to decide whether to forgive and forget …or to let love slip away again.

The two novellas that make up THE BRIDES OF BLACK MOUNTAIN entwine and add to the saga of the daughters of Clem Jameison. My gracious, that man would take first prize for being the totally dysfunctional father. Since I’d read previous books in the Black Mountain series, when I started reading “Shiloh’s Song” I felt as if I’d dropped by to see what was going on in the lives of old acquaintances.

Shiloh’s dream is to make it as a singer in Nashville. But her mother Racine made it in Nashville, made bad choices, and came home a bitter woman. She dissuades Shiloh and leaves Shiloh thinking she is not a good enough singer to realize her dream; so she sings on weekends at her sister’s bar.

Her extraordinary talent with horses, a talent she inherited from her father the undependable Clem Jameison, lands her a job with the wealthy Dillon Travers, a popular, young, but supposedly retired Nashville singer.

Trust issues for both Shiloh and Dillon create a stumbling block for their budding relationship. How they overcome conflicts and cope with the best-intended meddling of friends and family captivates.

The second novella “Mending Fences” is Starla Jameison’s story. She owns the local bar where all important social events seem to take places. She and Lee Trevors, the manager of Dillon Travers’ horse operation, have a history that goes back to their high school days. Starla’s sense of guilt and Lee’s unforgiving attitude create an uneasy atmosphere. To “hook up” is one thing but to wipe the slate clean of past mistakes and let true love work its magic is a whole new issue. They, like Shiloh and Dillon, have trust issues, but for much different reasons.

Country music, the rescue and rehabilitation of abused horses, and life around the local bar furnish the props for the love stories. Even though the plots were somewhat predictable I found THE BRIDES OF BLACK MOUNTAIN to be a entertaining escape into the world of romance with a western flavor—fun to read after a day of coping with the hassles of daily living.

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