Book Review: Montana Rebel by Debra Salonen

montana rebelIn the grand tradition of Romeo and Juliet, “Montana Rebel ” tells the story of former neighbors Nikki Magnesson Richards and Justin Oberman who due to an almost fatal accident changed their lives. Though both had moved on from that time, Nikki still holds a torch for Justin, while Justin has tried to forget that part of his life.

But fate has a way of changing things, or was it the work of a fairy godfather? Whatever it was, Nikki and Justin found themselves in a masquerade ball in Marietta during New Year’s Eve.

Behind their masks, there was instant attraction, a chemistry that cannot be denied. But, at the stroke of midnight and masks went off, there was recognition and as an old saying went, all hell broke loose.

Now that they know exactly who they were, Nikki and Justin had to face their past before they could face the future, that is, if there is even a future for them.

A heartbreaking story that tugs at your heartstrings, author Debra Salonen focused on how a tragic event can actually make someone stronger. It might sound a cliché, but the story of Nikki and Justin is truly moving.

And, don’t worry, there is romance and lots of steamy scenes that can make you feel warm all over in these cold winter days. A fast and easy read, and as you have already surmised, “Montana Rebel (Big Sky Mavericks Book 9)” is Rated M for Mature due to sexual content.


Don’t look down and don’t give up.

Justin Oberman‘s credo for living his adventurous–some might say death-defying–life to the max served him well until the unfortunate outcome of a climb made him walk away from the sport he loved. A lucrative new job offer could pave the way to a more traditional life in Marietta, Montana, where his two best friends have fallen in love with the women of their dreams. But settling down always seemed more daunting than Everest and not worth considering until a mysterious lady in red walks into his life on New Year’s Eve. Suddenly, that happily-ever-after stuff Flynn and Tucker have been raving about looks within reach.

The first fall is always the hardest.

Nikki Magnesson Richards has loved Justin Oberman most of her life. First, from the safety of her brothers’ old tree house. Later, with unrequited teen-age angst. Her poorly thought out attempt to get him to notice her cost them both dearly. Now, a dozen years later, her fairy godfather boss has orchestrated the most romantic meeting possible–the Big Sky Mavericks Masked Ball for Charity. A kiss at midnight with her very own Prince Charming isn’t too much to ask, is it? But what are two star-crossed lovers supposed to do when one kiss isn’t enough?