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Publisher's Summary

An emergency call to pick up an injured stallion on the side of the road sends Alexandra Hart, the new owner of Hart's Horse Rescue, into action. A recent addition to the area, she is not impressed when the animal's taciturn owner shows up. With his less-than-stellar disposition, he’s the kind of man she normally avoids at all costs—unfortunately, he owns the ranch just down the road.

However, when the manhunt for a pair of escaped prisoners gets a little too close for comfort, Jonas turns out to be a better neighbor than she expected.

The Alex who shows up at his ranch to help with his prize stud’s recovery is not exactly who Jonas Harvey expected. This is the same bleeding heart he met on the side of the road. Worried she’s not up for the job, he’d prefer to keep a close eye on her but his High Mountain Trackers team gets called in to track down a group of domestic terrorists.

But the slip of a woman proves him wrong. On all fronts. Alex not only charms his horses but him as well, and when trouble comes calling she proves to be a worthy ally to boot.

©2022 Freya Barker (P)2022 Spectrum Audiobooks

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so boring

I finally quit listening. This is such a boring story I can’t even finish it. Don’t waste your credit.

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Refreshing story of an older couple

I went in to this audiobook blind. I didn't read the synopsis about the book. Just bought it since I have enjoyed other audiobooks from this author. With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised. I freaking loved the fact the book was about older couples. Jonas is 50 and Alex is in her forties. It was so refreshing to see this dynamic. Most contemporary romance books are people in their 20's or early 30's.

I enjoyed the suspense of this book. Trying to figure out where the escaped convicts were hiding out and they were just under their noses. And then who on the outside was helping them. This book really kept my interest with the romance and the suspense.

Ada Sinclair was a new to me narrator and I enjoyed her rendition of Alex and Amma and the other female characters. Connor Crais is such a delight to listen to and I look forward to hearing more from him.

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love it

Alex bought the small ranch near High Meadow ranch as an animal rescue.
Jonas owns the High Meadow ranch in Montana, also he and his buddies are search and rescue trackers.
Alex and Jonas did not have a great first meeting, but their chemistry is there.
Freya Barker has written a story full of intrigue, danger and secrets. The FBI, Homeland security, local law enforcement, are looking around High Meadow ranch for survivalist terrorists. Jonas and his Mountain Trackers were called in to help find the fugitives.
i enjoyed lIstening to this exciting story narrated by connor Craig and Ada Sinclair

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Love hearing Mature Aged Romance

Loved listening to this audio book. I forgot about this author and i'm sorry about that. I don't want to ruin anything, but this is a bit of a mystery / suspenful where are they?

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Great Contemporary

It is refreshing to read mature love stories. I don't often find this gem. Ms. Barker makes sure to foster mature HEA and I thank her kindly. Being in my late 50's I appreciate reading these books. I very much enjoyed Jonas and Alex's slow burn love connection. Ada Sinclair and Connor Craig did a wonderful job bringing this book to life.

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Action, sweet, hard work, and family

This story had everything! The dips weren’t too low, the highs weren’t too unrealistically giddy, the story was strong. I love when the characters’ temperament are realistic but charged, full of life and maybe story moves at a realistic pace. This was it. Just enough of everything. Everything played out like a movie in my head. Wonderful performances.

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So many things to love about this story!! ❤️🎧

I loved this story so much! First off its about an older couple—YAy! Its nice to read about people in their 40-50’s just trying to live their life. Secondly its a sneaky “who is the bad guy” story? I could jot figure it out!! Well done Ms Barker, well done! Thirdly the characters are amazing and I enjoyed the interaction between them.

Jonas comes off grouchy but once he calms down he is one of the best guys! I love his dedication to his job and crew. Alex has an amazing ability. I enjoyed listening to her workouts with the horses. Plus that son if hers is no slouch!

I did listen to this on audio. Ada Sinclair and Connor Crais are the narrators and they do an outstanding job! This is a very enjoyable listen and I can not wait for the next in the series!!

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cowboy romantic suspense - yes, please!

This author does adult characters fabulously. Jonas and Alex were great together. Lots of action. Great set of characters for future books in the series. Beautiful setting.

Didn't like - the cover!! Don't judge a book by the cover because Jonas was not as old as the guy on the cover looks. and smoking the cigar - yuck!

Audio - The narration was spot on. Connor Crais is the perfect choice for Jonas! Ada Sinclair is new to me and she did a great job. 2 small editing mistakes (chapter 5 -repeated sentence, chapter 11-intro to 11B) that were noticeable but can be overlooked.

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Fantastic romance. 💜

I absolutely loved this story. It was perfectly balanced with romance, suspense & drama. IMO, this story has a “Heartland” feel to it. I love that this story reflects their age but doesn’t make the book about age. Their chemistry was amazing and the sex was exactly right for the story. He was sexy and protective & she was feisty and strong willed. Ex-military, cowboys & terrorist threats, this book has everything. I’m excited about a few of the secondary characters and hopefully their stories are coming.
Although I believe there were a couple of minor issues, The performance from both narrators was wonderful. They really captured the characters and their emotions.
This is book 1 with an HEA and can be read as a standalone.
I highly recommend this book.

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Grumpy rancher and the horse whisperer

Their first encounter did not go well…but when horse rescue guru, Alex, officially meets Jonas, she learns that there’s a lot more to the grumpy rancher. Great story of finding your person in the middle years…with some and guys and annoying Feds thrown in to get the heart rate up. Narration team was excellent in bringing this story to life. Looking forward to the next book.
I voluntarily accepted a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • PATRICIA
  • 06-15-22

Fantastic story!

Things about Freya Barker that keep me coming back for more. She write romantic suspense with mature characters. Her visual imagery is so clear, it feels like we are there when listening. This first book in her new series, High Mountain Trackers, takes place in Montana, and her descriptions make me want to visit! Alex has recently moved her horse rescue. Meeting Jonas, an ex-military man now mountain tracker, was by accident as she was called out to help with one of his horses. He is gruff first impression is quickly diminished and then our story begins. Barker takes us on an adventure with a horse whisperer. She adds twists and turns, danger and excitement that kept me on the edge. The story is riveting with a relevant plot and a sizzling romance. I loved this book, and she just leaves me waiting for her next release.

To make this even better, the narration is impeccable. Ada Sinclair is Alex, strong willed, and warm hearted, she brings the emotional side of the story and keeps her realistic. Connor Crais is the gruff, alpha protective male, Jonas. He shines with a voice of a leader, yet a heart of gold. This is a wonderful team of story tellers and I hope they continue to work together.

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  • jd66
  • 06-13-22

Great book

What an amazing start to a new series. Great characters and a suspenseful storyline. I can’t wait to read and listen to the next book now. Fabulous narration as well

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 06-10-22

Good story

Lovely story with some drama and suspense. This is quite a slow burn romantic thriller with most of the story revolving round the development of Alex and Jonas friendship and romance. The suspense comes towards the end. I liked the pacing in this book. Everything didn't happen at break neck speed and the reader gets to know the characters very well. There are z few side cgaracters that i enjoyed as well and it will be interestingbto read more about them as the series progresses.
I liked the narration. The narrators are good and it was very easy to get immersed in their storytelling.

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  • Bette
  • 06-08-22

Fantastic Story & Listen🎧 Enthralling & Heartfelt

Freya Barker is high on my list of favorite authors, she writes stories from the heart and once you start one of her books nothing else around you matters except what is happening next and this book is no exception. Another thing that makes her books so special is the maturity of the characters, they are in a time of their lives where they know who they are as a person, set in their ways, some may be settled in their lives or starting over, but they know what they want even if they do not know what they are doing all the time which makes them all realistic, easy to relate to and connect with, they are easy to care about and fall for too. “High Meadow” is the first book in her “High Mountain Trackers” series and what a wonderful start to the series it is. The story takes place in the mountains of northern Montana and the High Mountain trackers are a specialized, mounted, search and rescue team, all former military from the special ops unit. Jonas Harvey is one of those trackers, he also runs his own horse ranch and when one of his prized horses gets loose and then found injured on the side of the road, he catches attitude with someone who responded to help rescue the horse and then just blows her off. Alexandra “Alex” Hart is new to the area, bought property to start a new business, Hart’s Horse Rescue. She goes out on a rescue call and the owner of the horse was already on scene. She could not even get a word in with the owner and her first impression of him was not the best and when she gets a call to help rehab an injured horse on High Meadow ranch, she was not expecting to see him again, Jonas. Tempted to leave but stayed for the horse’s sake, it did not take her long to learn that he is that not bad tempered and ill-mannered man as he first appeared, it also does not take long to find the chemistry between them is sizzling hot. I loved how everything played out in this book, it is a beautifully plotted story with lots of depth and layers. There is plenty of drama, angst, mystery, twists and turns, thrilling suspense, heartfelt emotions and steamy romance. Freya Barker, thank you for another amazing story and emotional rollercoaster ride.

🎧📚🎧 And for the fabulous narration, Ada Sinclair and Connor Crais are the perfect cast to bring these characters and story to life. They had a complete understanding of the characters they portrayed, gave each a voice that fit that character’s persona to a tee, sounding believable and just as I pictured the characters to sound. Connor Crais nails it as Jonas and plays a mighty fine, swoon worthy cowboy and a bad ass tracker. Ada Sinclair’s Alex is perfection as well, she grasps her strength and determination, as well as her smarts. Both were great performing the roles of the secondary characters too. You could hear how much heart these two put into their work as they captured all the character’s emotions and projected them into their performance and have you feeling every single one. These entertaining storytellers are versatile voice artists and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another fabulous listen!

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  • ann j.
  • 06-06-22

Nice easy read

Definitely worth a read a great storyline of love between two mature characters who know what they want nice twists and suspense throughout