Hidden Away (Hearts Of Montana #2) by Jennie MartsHidden Away by Jennie Marts
Published November 2015
Series: Hearts of Montana #2
two-stars

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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Secrets have a way of revealing themselves….

Right after a fire breaks out in her diner, a phone call changes Cherry Hill’s life. The tragic death of her cousin leaves Cherry sole guardian of her eight-year-old nephew. But the upper crust side of the Hill family deems her unfit and is determined to take Sam away from her. The only one on her side is the sexy sheriff, Taylor Johnson, the man who broke her heart nine years ago when he left town.

Taylor Johnson has sworn to protect the citizens of Broken Falls, but should that extend to a fake engagement to the woman who captured his heart so long ago? It doesn’t take long for his pretend feelings to turn real for both Cherry and her adorable nephew, Sam.

But Cherry’s been hiding a secret from Taylor that could rip this new family apart…

Cherry Hill is going through the worst day of her life: her diner has almost burned down, and she just got terrible news about her cousin being in a car crash. But for some reason, Taylor Johnson, her ex-boyfriend who left her brokenhearted years ago is back in town, and hell-bent on looking after her as the town’s new sheriff – except what he does is way beyond sheriff-duty!

What I loved about this book:

  • It was lighthearted and steamy

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The storyline didn’t always make sense
  • Some things came too easy (and felt unrealistic)

Hidden Away is one of those small-town country-life themed books. Its story is set in the same location as Tucked Away, and while there is a slight interference with the Tucked Away characters, Hidden Away is a story on its own.

There’s not much of a prologue, and the book throws you right into the deep end with an opening scene including Cherry trying to keep her diner from burning down.

I really don’t know what to think about this book. I liked it because it was steamy and “cute”, but so many part just annoys me or seemed a bit over the top.

One thing that annoyed me was the fact that the reason why Cherry and Taylor separated in the first place was kind of ridiculous. Especially given the fact that both were and are still totally pining for each other. Why leave someone you love and can’t stop thinking of without trying to iron things out and make them work? And then it takes them 8 years to get back together?

The story around Taylor helping Cherry by making everyone believe she has a stable relationship with him so it is easier for her to keep guardianship of her cousin’s son is cute. And brings along a lot of fun with a romantic touch. But all in all, the whole thing just felt too easy. Cherry and Taylor confessed to their feelings quite quickly and well, they all fell in love with the boy, and they had just too many people on their side. Even the little boy was cooperative as hell.

I am not saying the storyline was lacking in difficulties and drama, because Cherry’s estranged family was psycho enough, but I simply feel that apart from this main event (her family trying to take her cousin’s son from her) everything was just too easy.

But oh well, it was still a nice and relaxing read even though it didn’t really resonate with me on a deeper level.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
3 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
2 Stars
Overall: two-stars