Title: Montana Mustangs
Author: Danica Winters
Series: The Nymph Series #2
Published: May 6th 2013 by Crimson Romance
Page Count: 198
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
When a body washes up on the shore of a rural Montana lake, police officer Dane Burke is faced with the task of finding the killer—even if it means he will be forced to put his life and heart at risk by working with a drifter. As the truth of Aura’s Mustang-shifting nymph ways are revealed, Dane learns exactly the amount of danger he and Aura are in, but can’t force himself to leave a case unsolved when the truth is just outside his grasp.
When the killer decides he needs to take another victim—Dane—Aura must choose between their forbidden love and her immortal life. Can there be life without love or is death her only choice?
Winters is off and running right from page one with this one. She mixes brilliantly explicit descriptions with down to earth characters and a solid storyline to create an adventure that you won’t soon forget. Her descriptions are vividly visual. The brilliant metaphors and similes worked into these descriptions only serve to heighten the experience for the reader. This novel is also suspenseful, without driving you out of your mind looking for a conclusion. The suspense is balanced with romance to create a well-rounded whole. I also really appreciate the fact that Winters knows her horses. She may not go overly in depth in that respect throughout, but what is there is correct.
The lead characters in this novel are amazing. They are not perfect individuals, but rather are perfectly developed to be real individuals. Their faults are just as prominent as their redeeming points. They’re also developed in such a manner that you feel as if you know them, rather than that you read their biographies. Their interactions with each other and with those around them are spot on. The supporting cast in this novel is also quite unique. There is a sliding scale of development based on their role in the novel, whether they are alive or dead when we meet them. There are even a couple who are little more than a name on paper, however that is exactly how they are treated by the main characters so it suits them perfectly.
Overall, this novel has a few heart clenching moments, some laughs, some reality, and a log of suspense. It was a brilliant follow up to Nymph’s Labyrinth. It was equally brilliant yet very different. It also works well as a standalone novel. I can’t wait for more from Winters.