Reviewed by Nancy Crocker
My first ever book by the talented Melissa Cutler was Tempted into Danger, which I very highly recommend. I knew then I was going to be a fan of her writing style. I was very excited to read Colton by Blood.
Kate is the Pastry chef at Dead River Ranch. She has struggled to get out of debt after losing her husband and unborn child in a tragic accident six years ago. She also wants to figure out who could have murdered her best friend Faye Frick, which puts her in the path of a kidnapper and murdered.
Dr. Levi Colton has come to Dead River Ranch to help the man who fathered him but never acknowledged him as his son. Jethro Colton has Leukemia and without a bone marrow transplant he will not last long. What I really liked about Levi’s character was even though he grew up poor and without a father’s love. He had a forgiving heart and made a life for himself.
Melissa has a great talent for writing characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. Dr. Levi Colton and Kate McCord are perfect examples. They are instantly attracted to each other. Both Levi and Kate have had suffered the loss of loved ones in their lives and are working to overcome their past. I loved the flirty way they were with each other. And both had such kind and forgiving hearts. And I am not sure I will ever be able to look at a peach again and not think of a certain scene in the kitchen.
For such a short novel it packs a serious punch. You have quite a few issues, yet I really didn’t feel like I missed out. It is about overcoming the loss of those you loved. Finding forgiveness, and opening your heart to the possibility of a new love.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Coltons of Wyoming series are as follows:
The Colton Ransom by Marie Ferrarella
Colton by Blood by Melissa Cutler
The Missing Colton by Loreth Anne White
The Colton Bride by Carla Cassidy
The Colton Heir by Colleen Thompson