Julie Keller relishes the simple things: hot chocolate on winter nights, good friends she calls her family, and her laid-back career as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Julie is content with her life until Chase Rider returns to Bakersfield.
Bodyguard Chase Rider isn’t thrilled to be back in the town where he spent his childhood summers. His beloved grandmother passed away, leaving him a house in need of major repairs. With a three-week timetable and a lot to do, he doesn’t have time for distractions. Then he bumps into Julie, the one woman he hoped never to see again. Chase tries to pretend Julie doesn’t exist, but ten years hasn’t diminished his attraction to the hazel-eyed stunner.
When a stranger grabs Julie’s arm at the grocery store—a woman who insists Julie’s life isn’t what it seems, Chase can’t help but get involved. Julie and Chase dig into a twenty-five-year-old mystery, unearthing more questions than answers. But the past is closer than they realize, and the consequences of the truth have the potential to be deadly.
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How would you feel to find out that the family who raised you wasn't really your family? Julie was brought up by her mother and grandparents in a small town. She's happy with her life now as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. However, when a woman she had never seen before says Julie is her daughter, her life will never be the same.
Chase visited his Nana during summers as a child where he met Julie, who lived next door. As often happens to teenagers, they fell in love. But they hadn't seen each other for ten years. When his grandmother passed she left him her house so he went back to get it ready to sell. While he was there he tried to avoid Julie and his attraction to her but that didn't work out for him.
In this mystery, Chase, who was a professional bodyguard, helped dig into the mysterious woman's claims while keeping Julie safe. I love bodyguard/ex-military heroes because they aren't just bossy alpha men but are skilled in protection with resources to get help and information when they need it. Chase was perfect in this regard.
I liked the plot with its twists. I had no idea who the villain was, so the end was quite a surprise. Julie and Chase helped each other in different ways as only old friends can. But they both know they still love each other and don't want to let go this time.