Harlequin HQN, Jul 28 2015, $7.99
In Big Timber, Montana, worried Emily Calder tells her brother Jace that her boss at the Sarah Hamilton Foundation Bo Hamilton failed to return from a night of camping. Emily says depressed Bo arranged for auditors to look into embezzlement of foundation funds. They were to interview her; but she failed to make the meeting.
Jace prefers to stay far away from the woman who rejected his proposal, but fears something happened to Bo. Though in the minority, he strongly believes she did not take the money nor would deliberately miss the appointment with the auditors especially since she found the discrepancies. In the nearby mountains, fearful Jace learns why Bo missed her session with the auditors she contacted.
The second Montana Hamiltons romantic suspense (see Wild Horses) is an exciting rustic thriller. The lead couple and the villain make for an interesting potentially deadly triangle in which the life-threatening danger rightfully supersedes the romance. Although there are too many subplots started for future entries (in fairness there are six Hamilton siblings and their mom back from the grave after a two plus decade vanishing needing a scorecard), Lone Rider is a wonderful second chance, if they survive, contemporary.