Is it the perfect escape?
Whitaker Island is more than a getaway. For Tessa Jenkins, the remote strip of land in Washington state is a sanctuary. Fleeing from a shattering scandal, she has a new name, a chance at a new beginning, and a breathtaking new view: Hansen Rye. It’s hard not to crush on Whitaker’s hottest handyman. At six-foot-three and all kinds of fine, he’s also intensely private—and the attraction between them soon simmers dangerously out of control.
…or a private trap for two lovers?
After a devastating family tragedy, Hansen finds the pebbled shores of the faraway island to be an ideal refuge. Letting down his guard for the sexy, impulsive Tessa is an unexpected pleasure. But there’s another newcomer to Whitaker. He’s no stranger to Hansen. And when he’s murdered, the crime casts a threatening shadow. As suspicion falls on Hansen, all his secrets are about to collide with Tessa’s. Now the pasts they were determined to outrun are catching up to them. So is a killer who’s putting their love—and their lives—on the line.
Murder runs rampant on Whitaker Island, and the list of possible suspects is almost as big as the population in Dimon's intense romantic thriller. After fleeing scandal in D.C., Hanson Rye refuses to let his attraction to the smart, beautiful Tessa Jenkins interfere with his new, calmer life. Tessa knows there's more to Hanson than his grouchy personality; she's as tough as he is, but she has her own secrets to keep buried, so she will just admire his good looks from afar. Then she sees an unknown man who disappears as quickly as he arrived, and finds his behavior suspicious. When the only cop on the island accuses her of overreacting to the stranger, she launches her own investigation, and Hanson, not wanting the insufferable woman to get hurt, signs on as her protector. When they discover the body of the man (who turns out to be Hanson's arch-nemesis), Hanson becomes the prime suspect, and Tessa is the only one who's close enough to him to help prove him innocent. Dimon perfectly balances the romance with the suspense in this thrilling, action-filled whodunit.