The one thing he could do for her was let her go. Until he couldn’t.
When Thieves’ guitarist Shane Jones lost his close friend to a freak accident, Krista Conner helped him through the worst of his grief. He kept their late-night trysts a secret to protect her from the tabloids, and when she broke up with him, he let her go.
But he never got over her.
Months later, his world is rocked again by the death of his brother mere weeks before the biggest Thieves album yet. Grieving and desperate for peace, he tracks Krista down, craving the salvation he found in her sweet spirit. Only this time, he’s determined not to leave.
Krista left Shane because her life was a mess. She’s rebuilt it, piece by challenging piece, making some hard decisions along the way. She’s settled into a new city and a new life, and for the first time in a long time, she’s content and happy. Then Shane turns up, promising to stay, promising to care. Promising everything.
Shane’s the one she wants, but the toughest choice she made could drive him away for good.
The predictable but tender second entry in Byrne's Hidden Scars contemporary series treats difficult situations, particularly caring for a person with an addiction, with empathy and without judgment. After drummer Eric Jones dies of an overdose, his brother, Shane, lead singer of their band, the Thieves, decides he needs a break from the rock-star life. He evades the Los Angeles paparazzi and flees to Portland, Ore., and his ex-girlfriend Krista Conner. Krista has her own struggles: she's trying to get her freelance graphic design business off the ground and is also taking care of her brother, Riley, who's fresh out of his third stint in rehab. As Shane and Krista develop a newer, better romance, Krista must decide when and how to tell Shane about the abortion she had after their first breakup. A handful of supporting characters, including Sara and Taylor from Hidden Scars, provide background and emotional context for Krista and Shane, but the story is a mostly closed environment where the only people who matter, and the only people readers really learn about, are the central couple. (BookLife)