Oh man, this book was a rollercoaster of emotions to say the least…
You see, almost 18 year old Tiernan goes to live with an estranged step-uncle she had never met before, after her parents died. Although she had everything a girl could ever ask for: designer clothes, money, famous parents etc. they didn’t give her any affection whatsoever.
When she leaves L.A. to move to a secluded peak in the middle of Colorado, with her uncle and two cousins, she decides she’s had enough and needs a break from it all. Here she gets surprised by the amount of attention they all pay her. Jake, her uncle, begins to treat her as a spoiled brat and demands chores of her as cooking and helping with the animals. At first, she feels downgraded and furious but then she finds the beauty of the secluded mountain and in working for oneself.
Tiernan instantly gets along with her cousin Noah who is only a couple of years older than her. He’s funny and charming, however he would love nothing more than to leave the Peak forever. On the other hand, his older brother Kaleb is another story. The way Tiernan and Kaleb met was intense (I’m being kind!), despite the fact that he doesn’t speak at all since he was 4 years old.
She arrives in the middle of summer when everyone has access to the Peak and the boys indulge a little too much of female company awaiting for the intense winter to come. During this time, she’s dwelling on staying for the winter or going back to L.A. .
Along the story, as any young girl at that age, she’s beginning to know her body. The problem is, she’s spending winter in a secluded mountain with three handsome men. This is where the book got a little weird for me. But that’s one of my favorite aspects of Penelope Douglas, she turns the forbidden into something you can’t stop indulging. This book is like Birthday Girl x 1,000,000 so if you’re a prude I don’t exactly recommend it.
If you didn’t get the hint, winter in this novel, is spent in a very warm way surprisingly. Tiernan also gives herself chance to find her calling by experimenting with furniture and emotions she never encountered before. The idea of having a family is something she begins to slowly appreciate.
Despite the intense sexual encounters between all of them, she eventually settles for the least expected one. This was something I loved about the story, it’s not as predictable as you might think.