Can love heal old wounds?
Mia Grant, a one-time pop star, still bears emotional scars caused by a stalker who terrorized her for years—a person she inadvertently welcomed into her inner circle. She has come a long way in learning to manage the crippling fear and anxiety his savage attack left her with, and she books into River's Sigh B & B to begin the grueling task of what she hopes will be the final step in her recovery. Determined to reclaim her old independence and sense of adventure and possibility, she vows to never let anyone get close enough to fool or injure her again.
The disfiguring scars on Gray Robertson's body are nothing compared to those marring his damaged heart and psyche. A loner by nature, the brutal murder of his young wife and son made him a hermit. He lives off-grid in the wilderness of northern Canada with only his dog for company, finding isolation far easier to survive than loving people and having them torn away.
When his closest neighbor, Jo at River's Sigh B & B, ropes him into giving self-defense lessons to some washed up musician, Gray figures it's a safe way to make a bit of cash to see him through winter.
As Mia and Gray get to know each other, neither are prepared for the tumultuous, conflicting emotions that leave them reeling. In him, a convoluted mix of desire, protectiveness, and misplaced fury. In her, a complex stew of appreciation, longing, and apprehension.
Then a foolish decision puts Mia's life in peril and forces questions she and Gray are both scared to answer. Can love heal old wounds, or are they too damaged to risk further hurt?
Mesmerizing and engaging!
I absolutely loved this book because these characters wrapped themselves around my heart with overwhelming empathy for them and because I could personally identify with their fears and insecurities. As someone who suffers from panic attacks, I can attest to this authors perfect portrayal of the bone chilling fear that stops you in your tracks, quickens your breath and makes you want to hide away from everyone and everything. Grey and Mia might be awkward around each other, but they both recognize the crippling insecurity and vulnerability each of them feels and their common ground unites them in a way that helps them take steps which will heal them both. This is a heart warming study of the human heart that is both mesmerizing and engaging with a positive message that will resonate with everyone who reads it. I read an early copy of this book and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
Anxiety - Loss - LOVE
Wow! Such a good powerful story dealing with heavy topics yet still making the book fun and romantic. Gray and Mia are too shattered souls trying to navigate the world after violence and loss in both their lives. While you think one has it more together than the other you soon realize they both need each other to love and heal. What a great book and story! I loved it and I know a lot of people can probably relate to what these two are going through. A little heavier topic than the rest of the series but fits perfectly and is a good fast read.