Review: “Rocky Mountain Refuge” by Nicky James

TITLE: Rocky Mountain Refuge
AUTHOR: Nicky James
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 5, 2018
PRICE: $3.99 e-book


Run! Hide! We are watching you, Huxley!
Huxley Dempsy suffers from a paranoid personality disorder. After a horrific tragedy five years ago, Huxley is convinced people are out to get him. Taking refuge in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, he is a prisoner to his own mind. If he can think it up, it must be true, and there is no convincing him otherwise.
Wildlife biologist, Aspen Taylor, is on his way north again to close up the final year of the Grizzly Bear Research Project. Studying wildlife in their natural habitat is what sings to his soul. However, who he finds in the mountains is almost as beastly as the bears he studies.
An underlying sense of familiarity draws Aspen to learn more about this Wildman, and a strong sense of attraction binds them together almost instantly. But can Aspen break through the barriers of Huxley’s mind and convince him to go home?

When it comes to mental illnesses, I can’t say I’m an expert. I like books with main characters who suffer some form of that condition. But there was something in this book that it didn’t convince me, and here is why…

Huxley witnessed the terrible death of his husband, Nathaniel. From a very young age Huxley suffers from a paranoia disorder. His mind works fast, transforming the words as his brain pleases, and that more often than not, finds him in difficult, compromising situations.
He is completely able to care for himself, just the thoughts … After witnessing his husband murder, Huxley disappears. Taking all his money, and no one knows where he could be. He’s considered a missing person.

Aspen is a wildlife biologist. He likes the outdoors more than staying inside of his office. When he’s needed to be a leader of his research project of the Grizzly Bear Research Project, he happily (or not), puts his dissertation on hold, and joins a young team at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
Little does he know that fate has put Huxley in his way. Aspen knows Huxley, or more like knows of him, and he seems to think he’s seen the tall, handsome man somewhere.

Needless to say, being a romance novel, things heat up pretty quick. Well too quick of my liking. You remember at the beginning of my review what I said? That this book didn’t convinced me …

That’s because Huxley seems to have a sexually dominant side. Well, that would be not a problem if not for his shy, introvert, fearsome behavior. These contradictions didn’t match well in my head. Being a Dom means you have no room for fear. None!

Huxley transforms from a trembling rabbit to a dominating predator in bed just didn’t bode well. But as I told you at the beginning, I’m not an expert on paranoid behavior, so I might be wrong.

Other than that, the book is an easy read. Enjoy!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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