Publisher Description

Life-long friends Beth Carlyle and Nick Hammond haven’t ever pushed the limits of their relationship. But when Beth’s boyfriend turns violent and Nick jumps in to protect her, everything changes.

In the chaos following that horrible night, Nick becomes Beth’s anchor as she pulls the pieces of herself together. She never imagined he’d be anything more than her best friend, but with her trust shattered, there’s only one place she feels safe—in his arms. Boundaries crumble and new desires ignite. With her heart a tangled mess, how can she know what’s real?

Nick is willing to do whatever it takes to help Beth recover, no matter the cost to himself, but in the face of undeserved consequences, he may be the one who needs saving. Protecting the man she loves means bringing her nightmare into the light. Will she find the courage to reveal the truth before Nick pays the ultimate price?

Find out why readers are saying that "picking up a new book in the Northstar series is like coming home”… check out the rest of the books in this deeply felt, heartwarming small town romance series:

First Instinct

Mountain Angel

Summer Angel

Twice Shy

Once Burned

Mistletoe Kisses

Starlight Magic

Wild Angel

Forgotten Angel

Last Surrender

A NOTE ON THE CONTENT: The Northstar books are contemporary romances and contain some profanity and sensual scenes that may not be suitable for sensitive readers.

October 24
Sunset Rose Books
Suzanne OConnell

Customer Reviews

southernblues1971 ,

Touchs on serious subject

This book dealt with the issue of date rape as well as it could for such a sensitive subject. Touching. A personal issue I was lucky to be saved from in time by a friend. The character Beth not so, but she has a friend Nick who helps her and stands by her through it all. This story addresses the guilt/shame of both Beth and Nick. A friendship that changes to more while leaning on each other and was most likely there the whole time. This touches on the feelings on each side, from anger to sadness and all in between. It’s was a touching and good read. Kudos goes out to the author for dealing with a emotional topic, and getting a serious subject in a romance novel. It’s not something we may WANT to read about. But something that happens in real life and should be addressed. While most likely not everyone will agree to how this book perceives the topic in real life, this is fiction. Thank you for an emotional and sweet read. I give it 4 and a half stars

Dkirkha ,

Difficult subject, well handled

Although this deals woh a difficult subject from many angles, it was an enjoyable book.

Retired but reads ,

First Instinct

Suzie is a masterful storyteller that weaves you into feeling the pain and agony of the leading characters yet the story is told with suvh grace and finesse that the reader is unable to put the book down. What a talented author! The characters, well developed and relatable. find their backbones or chutzpah to overcome the obstacles that were stifling their joy.
I’m hooked Ms O’Connell’s books and love a wrong-shall-fail, right-prevail story.

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