Navy SEAL Renzo Bianchi has a soft spot for Canaan Finley, and not only because the man makes a mean smoothie. He’s the first guy to get Renzo’s motor revving in a long time. But when he agrees to Canaan’s insane charade—one all-access fake boyfriend, coming right up—he never expects more than a fling.
Creating a hot Italian SEAL boyfriend to save face seemed like a good idea…until his friends called Canaan’s bluff. Now he’s setting off into the woods with the very man who inspired his deception, and Canaan is not the outdoorsy type. The sparks are already flying when a flash flood separates them from their group, leaving Renzo and Canaan very much trapped…very much alone in the wilderness.
Working together to come up with a plan for survival is sexier than either of them expects. But back in the real world, being a couple is bringing its own set of hazards…
The Bottom Line: I know I say this every single time I review one of these books, but they just keep getting better, staying totally fresh and relevant, and reaffirming my love of this genre. While I generally like one of the leads better than the other (in most books, let’s be fair!) but I found myself equally enamored with both Renzo and Canaan this time around. Renzo is such a wonderful blend of confidence and self-doubt, while Canaan is simply a care giver through and through. In other words, Renzo and Canaan are the perfect balance, perfect match for one another. To say Renzo and Canaan are put through the wringer is a vast understatement, yet through everything, they support and encourage one another, love one another, and try to overcome each obstacle one at a time. It isn’t all fun and games (and hiking trips) and as expected, there is an emotional roller coaster component to this that always make me quite happy. What else makes me happy?? Grandpa!! As far as secondary characters go, Grandpa kind of killed it and I am so glad to have had him along for the ride. In all, Rough Terrain was an excellent read and I am so glad to still be finding strength and variety in this series.