Stranded on Vail Mountain

Stranded on Vail Mountain by Desiree L. Scott

This book follows the life of Joan Clayton and her interactions with those around her while she is on a week-long vacation at a mountain resort with her husband, her best friend, Stacey,who showed up out of the blue, a few other guests at the resort, and the employees at the resort. Shortly after her arrival to the resort, her friend makes an unannounced welcome to the resort as well. She just happens to be staying at the same resort, for the same amount of time. Joan soon learns that it is too good to be true and leaves the resort on a trek in efforts to calm herself down. While out and about, she gets stuck and a storm is about to ensue. Stephen is assigned the task of rescuing her and completes the task, but not without a few surprises along the way back down the mountain, good and bad.

Once back at the resort, Joan hides herself away from everyone, including her now ex-best friend. Joan is beside herself with grief over all that has happened to her and those around her. When she finally agrees to talk to Stacey, she learns that the truth is not as easy and as crystal clear as it always seems. Her life is turned upside down once more. When the storm finally dies down enough for her and the remaining guests to leave, they do so, but Joan doesn’t do it without some hesitation about leaving Stephen behind. Stacey urges her to stay and Stephen urges her to come back soon. But with both people leading such completely different lives can she give up everything for one and move forward with her life?

This book was a quick, easy read. Great for a cold,winter evening! There is minimal language in this book and despite a few Kindle glitches (nothing that interfered with the reading), this book was interesting and held my interest the entire time.

Maybe happy endings do exist, we just have to take the risks and know where to find them…

Crescent Vendetta

Crescent Vendetta by Desiree L. Scott 

This story mainly follows Vanessa through her struggles in a wolf-fighting ring, to acceptance of herself and her unborn child, and finally finding a place where she will be accepted. Vanessa is a shifter. She is wolf and  human. She was captured and held captive in her wolf form, forced to fight, and also forced to bond with her caputerer and rapist. When her alpha brother finally frees her, he can’t convince the rest of the pack to accept her. So, he gets another wolf that was in captivity with her, another alpha, Travis, to take her and look after her. Travis does so willingly and his pack does accept her.

Vanessa brings the troubles of her captivity with her, not only her pregnancy, but also the sadistic rapist that is still after her and bonded to her. Vanessa wants the bond to be broken, but also longs for the safe delivery of her baby, one that will die if she shifts back to human form during pregnancy. Vanessa must search herself for a place to feel at home and learn to trust others and know that others, unlike her father and brother, will love and accept her. Will Vanessa end up with her happily ever after, or will she end up with her rapist again, forever bonded to him.

This book is an easy read, but beware of foul and crude language as well as some sex scenes.