Ashton Garrison walked away from her current life to escape the one thing she’s unwilling to face. She knows her decision may be selfish, but in the end, leaving will be far less painful for everyone. Now she has one goal: live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. What Ashton doesn’t count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan.
Nathan Lockton specializes in locating a mark. He’s done it over and over again—no attachments and no emotion necessary. What he thought was a routine lost-and-found job has forced Nathan to deal with something he has always ignored—his feelings. He’s never fallen for a target, yet he’s never met anyone like Ashton. Now deep in a dilemma, Nathan must decide to follow his heart, or complete the job he was hired to do.
Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: If the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?
Ashton Garrison and Nathan Lockton both harbor secrets and hide behind high emotional walls in this somewhat uneven contemporary from King (Wishing for Someday Soon). Ashton fled a life of privilege in Florida for shadowy reasons; she settles on sweet little Woodfalls, Maine, as the place to hide out from some unknown challenge. She begins a no-strings-attached sexual affair with a stranger, Nathan, a man with an equally murky background who's also passing through Woodfalls. The reader quickly learns that Nathan has been hired to find Ashton, which intensifies the situation. The layered story is told in chapters with alternating first-person viewpoints that add depth to the characterization. Smalltown vignettes provide occasions for genuine humor and act as a counterweight to the acute emotional pain covered up by the protagonists. Steamy sex scenes and tender feelings enliven the plot, but it's hampered by weak motivations and some unbelievable side characters.