The new novel from the bestselling author of Home to Wind River.
Real love is worth every risk . . .
Ex-Air Force pilot Andy Whitcomb loves nothing more than the wide blue skies, but when a helicopter crash fighting forest fires in California leaves her injured and shaken, she’s ready to return home to the peace of Wind River Ranch. The good news is, there’s a chance for her to fly helos for the county sheriff’s department. The bad news? The person in charge is none other than Dev Mitchell, an ex-Army Black Hawk pilot—and the rugged, sharp-eyed man Andy has never forgotten after five days together running from the Taliban after a nerve-wracking near-miss in Afghanistan.
Dev can’t believe his eyes when Andy walks into the interview. She’s as strong and sexy as he remembers, and every bit qualified for the job, which she clearly wants. Unfortunately, if he’s going to be her boss, their relationship has to remain strictly professional—a regret Dev fights to keep hidden as they begin to work together. But when a chance encounter with violent drug traffickers forces them into survival mode, both of them will fight to hold on to the connection they can’t ignore—and the chance of a future together.
In the enjoyable eighth Wind River Valley contemporary (after Home to Wind River), McKenna once again displays her understanding of the challenges facing military veterans who return to civilian life. Former Air Force pilot Andy Whitcomb returns home to Wind River Valley, Wyo., to take a job flying helicopters with the sheriff's department. She learns that her boss will be Dev Mitchell, the former Army lieutenant she served with in Afghanistan. Andy and Dev explore their friendship, learning to keep their work and personal relationships separate. Andy opens up to Dev about how her difficulty trusting others, rooted in her abandonment by her birth mother and later adoption. Dev discloses that his wife, Sophie, died unexpectedly from a heart attack when she was 20 years old. Before their romance can go anywhere, they agree they need to figure out how to be friends. Andy is an independent, forthright heroine who is the perfect match for kind-hearted, respectful Dev. This novel will appeal to fans of stories that rely on friendship as the basis for a lasting romance.