Harlequin HQN, Feb 24 2015, $7.99
In Montana Olivia Hamilton and Cooper Barnett are in love, but the engaged couple also vehemently argue too much. During a heated fight, angry Olivia drives off in a snowstorm, but has an accident. A stranger saves her life only to drug and rape her.
Soon after her harrowing experience, someone blackmails Olivia; she believes the extortionist is her sexual predator. Pregnant she tells her fiancé of the assault and that the fetus may not be his. Stunned and depressed, Cooper reacts poorly to Olivia’s revelations. He comes to his senses when Cooper realizes the danger his beloved faces. Turning to the law to find the rapist, Copper relies on himself to keep his Olivia safe.
Moving from the Beartooth saga, B.J. Daniels provides a satisfying Montana Hamiltons' opening act. The storyline is at its touching best when it focuses on the bickering yet loving lead couple. However, the romantic mystery loses some momentum when the plot falls to a first book syndrome by veering into the lives of several other characters (many of whom I assume will headline future dramas). Still Wild Horses is a solid Big Sky novel.