Sean McKenna joined the Coast Guard to save lives. Now a flight mech, he loves living and operating in the wilds of Alaska. When a mission goes terribly wrong, Sean is badly injured. But no pain can compare to the guilt he feels over the loss of his best friend. It was Sean’s job to keep Justin, the rescue swimmer, safe. Now Justin is dead, leaving his wife, Eden, without a husband and their toddler son, Maverick, without a father. The best Sean can do is step up and help Eden in any way he can. As the months go by, he finds himself fighting a growing attraction to her. He knows people on base are talking. What kind of man hooks up with his best friend’s widow? But the heart wants what it wants, and this desire can’t be denied—because it’s mutual.
A heart torn…
Eden Koseki loved Justin from the moment he jumped out of a hovering helicopter, swam to shore, and asked her for her name and number. She thought they had all the time in the world. Losing him and the future they’d planned together is more devastating than she could have imagined. It’s only the support of her family—and Sean’s steadfast presence—that get her through those first months of overpowering grief. But as the weeks pass, she feels unexpectedly drawn to him. When she’s with him, she’s able to smile and laugh again—especially while watching him play with little Maverick. Still, her emotions leave her torn between loyalty to Justin’s memory and the living, breathing man who makes her feel alive again.
A second chance… if they’re both brave enough to take it
As winter turns to summer and snow turns to rain, the heat between Sean and Eden intensifies. So does the gossip in town. Still, Eden isn’t about to let anyone interfere in her business. She knows now just how fragile life can be. When Sean’s sense of duty threatens to keep them apart, Eden knows she must help him move past his survivor’s guilt—or risk losing this second chance at deep love and lasting happiness.
Rescue and love in Alaska
In this new Romantic Suspense series by Pamela Clare, she opens a new world of Coast Guard rescue. Set in Kodiak Alaska, her descriptions of Kodiak and the surroundings are amazing.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Sean McKenna is a flight mechanic in charge of directing the pilot to the exact location and managing the hoist that raises and lowers for the swimmer and the rescue. He and his crew are called to a rescue that goes very bad, and has deep effects on his life and his fellow crew members.
He is severely injured but recovers.
Eden Kosecki is the wife of Justin, Sean’s best friend and Eden has an 18 month old little boy called Maverick. They are friends like family. Eden is a native Alaskan and loves her life as wife and mother. She loves searching for herbs and plants and preparing them as food and natural remedies for common illnesses.
When tragedy strikes, Sean is there for Eden and Maverick. But there is underlying danger no one anticipates. Sean and Eden must work together to protect Maverick and their lives. In doing so, feelings buried deep start to surface and they realize they are far more than friends.
This is not Romantic Suspense, but there are some hold your breath moments. Ms. Clare’s description of Coast Guard Search and rescue, the people and work they do, and the danger they live with opens up a whole new world for Ms. Clare’s readers. This was a Five Star read for me!