It’s hard to keep a secret in the small town of Pike, Montana, but veterinarian Margot McDougal and sheriff Roy Lee Hanson managed to keep their relationship on the sly for months. Margot cares for Roy Lee, but the last thing she needs is to worry about local gossip while she’s busy running her clinic and dealing with the loss of her beloved father.
Roy Lee can’t wait to tell the world that he loves Margot. He respected her decision to keep their affair quiet—until now. It’s time for everyone to know Margot is his gal…especially Ryan Martin, her new assistant. He’s formed an attachment to Margot and Roy Lee is sure the city boy’s unexplained appearance in Pike means he’s up to no good.
Margot just wants to help Ryan fit in, and Roy Lee’s jealousy soon drives a wedge between them. A wedge that only increases when Margot is roped into Ryan’s secret, too…
Margot and Roy Lee have been dating secretly for a year. She is still reeling from her father’s death and isn’t ready to share her love with their town yet. Her sisters are aware of their relationship and support it; they just want her to be happy. Her business is going well and she has hired someone to help in the clinic, now she has more time to spend with Roy Lee.
Roy Lee has been friends with the McDougal sisters since they were young kids. He never thought he would end up in love with one of them. He wants to tell everyone about his relationship with Margot but he respects her decision. There is something about Margot’s new assistant Ryan that doesn’t sit well with him. He has never been the jealous type but when Margot’s love is at stake, he won’t let anyone get in the way.
Margot is always the one to take care of everyone since her mother passed away. She seems to like routine in her life but overthinks things sometimes when it comes to change. She wants to share her love for Roy Lee with the town she loves but she is scared to lose him as a friend if something goes wrong. She feels extreme guilt over not telling her father about their relationship but is relieved when Roy Lee reveals he shared their secret with him before he died. They have some ups and downs like every other couple but their love is strong and they are able to weather the storms.
Roy Lee is a sexy cowboy that loves his woman unconditionally. He has been working hard to get the farm ready to surprise Margot. He wants everything perfect when he asks her to marry him, including the ranch. He is concerned that Ryan has an ulterior motive when it comes to Margot, he just didn’t realize that it would affect him too.
I loved the love story between Roy Lee and Margot. They are totally in love with one another and love to spend time together. They have their problems like everyone else but they seem to work through them eventually. Both are passionate with strong personalities that would do anything for the people that they love.
Ryan was the character you love to hate. He is a city boy that sticks out in town like a sore thumb, even though he tries to fit in. There is something about him that causes people to shy away from him, whether it’s his clothes or his hat. You don’t want to like him or feel empathy toward him but you can’t help it. He was a great addition to the story.
The sisters all make an appearance and it was nice to catch up with all of them. They are all doing well while dealing with the loss of their beloved father. Life goes on and they are doing the best they can to get back to normal routines themselves.