The book was wonderful. However, I would have liked it to go a little further... What happens to Julia's mother in law? Will she marry Rafe's brother? Even though I felt that it could have continued, it is excellent reading.
I was very much looking forward to reading this book. However, I was extremely disappointed.
The heroine, Julia, was a stubborn, self-absorbed, truly "out of control" individual who claimed to love her step-mom and mildly care about her father, but was willing to leave while her father was knowingly within hours of dying (she was gone when he died) and her step-mom was about to give birth at any moment alone so she could pursue her passion--fossils.
The author did nothing to conceal the fact that the hero, Rafe, for the great majority of the story was desiring to marry Julia because he was lusting her but readily admitted no love for her.
There was a lot of intimacy going on between the two with each acknowledging that they had no love for the other, just attraction (lust). Of course, they "find" love by the end of the story to finish out the plot, but it takes a long long time. Meanwhile they continue to take advantage of each other because it feels good.
The story line is horribly unrealistic. Julia is willing to abandon her family in its direst hour of need, risk a killer on her own she knows is still in the cave who has tried to kill her already, defies people's wise advice over and over again, risks other's lives and safety, and constantly selfishly demands her way just to see some fossils in a nearby cave.
The story feels like it is on a constant loop with Julia's unyielding selfishness and recklessness as its central theme. So so BORING.
Were this a true story, Rafe would have been an absolute fool to marry Julia and would be doomed to pay for it for the rest of his marriage. Were this set in modern times and I knew the couple, I would have grave concerns about the sustainability of the marriage. You cannot have an insubordinate, self-centered wife and a domineering man and expect peace, love, and one-accord in the home. They would have ended up a miserable couple with Julia ruling the family and Rafe spending as much time as possible out on the open range away from her overbearing ways.
All that said to explain--"Don't Waste Your Time or Money"