by Robbi McCoy
It’s the hottest city in the U.S., and it’s not just the weather that’s heating up.
Kim Gatlin, ambitious archaeologist and college professor, is taking the spring semester off to do a survey of a remarkable rock art site in Yuma, Arizona. The wild remote desert also holds gun-toting locals and desperate refugees, but the biggest hazard proves to be Bureau of Land Management geologist Claudine “Randi” Randall. Their mutual appreciation of the petroglyphs ought to bring them together, but Kim’s academic goals and Randi’s sense of ownership have them clashing from the word go.
Randi, a tough girl whose fears about her past haunt her every move, is reluctant to acknowledge the other type of sparks that fly whenever she and Kim are forced into each other’s company. Professional resentment seems only to fan the heat that threatens to burn them both.
The beauty and mystery of the Sonoran Desert provide the vibrant backdrop for Robbi McCoy’s(Waltzing at Midnight,Songs Without Words)passionate story of two women forced to question everything they thought they knew about themselves before they can risk their fiery hearts on the biggest gamble of all.
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It’s the second McCoy novel I’ve read and I love her strong/vulnerable scientists who find themselves grappling with personal and professional challenges. The small town life is full of colorful figures, including desert residents Nellie and Flynn, and Gatlin’s earnest and hardworking assistant Ramon. If you’re looking for a respite from chilly winter climes and frozen hearts, dive into this satisfying and immersive contemporary romance.
May, 2011: McCoy has created two fully realized characters in Randi and Kim. Add to the mix of characters a dog, an old man searching for lost treasure, an old woman who drives around in a burro-drawn cart, and Randi's dimunitive best friend, and you've got characters to love.
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R Lynne, February 2011: McCoy has done a wonderful job in describing the wonders of the desert as well as the history of its people... She also goes deeply into the motivations of both of her complicated characters and delicately shows their approach/avoidance as the sparks fly between them... Beautifully written...
Anna Furtado, December 2010: The two main characters quickly become real to us and we easily root for them, but this story is a cliffhanger right to the very end so the reader will be hesitant to put it down. Not Every River is a great read filled with the mystery of the desert and the uncertainty of a tentative blossoming love.