A woman with no roots…
Naomi fled the cult-like nightmare of her childhood and learned to rely on one person—herself. Her resourcefulness keeps her alive during a catastrophe in the mountains, but it’s no help at all when it comes to Chaska Belcourt, the sexy EMT who saves her life. Raised to feel shame about her body and sex, she is putty in Chaska’s hands as he strips away her armor, exposing the vulnerable woman beneath, awakening desires in her that she’d been taught to ignore.
A kiss that changes everything…
Chaska Belcourt grew up on the reservation, the son of a hereditary Sun Dance chief. He left all of that behind for a new life in Colorado as an engineer with an aerospace firm and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He doesn’t share his sister’s belief that fate led him to find Naomi. But from the first moment their lips touch, he can’t get enough of her.
A love that transforms…
As the passion between them turns into something more, Chaska is forced to admit that his sister is right. There’s no other way to explain the depth of his feelings for Naomi—or the fact that he and his people might hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of her past. But she will have to learn to trust again before the two of them can find the answers she needs—and claim this once-in-a-lifetime love.
This book started right off with a heart pounding experience when 27 year old Naomi is camping by herself in the Colorado mountains and two escape convicts approach her campsite. The next day, Chaska and his sister, Winona are walking Shota, a wolf rescue on the trails when Shota suddenly takes off. When they catch up to Shota, he is nudging an unconscious Naomi in need of medical attention. Chaska, being part of the local Search and Rescue team puts a call out for the team.
Naomi was very lucky. She fought off her captors and escaped but not before she suffers being shot at and breaking her ankle. What the author unveils for us from here is a beautiful and heartwarming tale of a town that comes together to help a stranger heal physically and financially, all the while Chaska and Naomi grow closer together.
I really enjoyed the small town setting and these wonderful people who care more about others than most of us experience in real life. It's the small town filled with people that we all wish we could find for ourselves. It trully added more to this story.
Chaska is hands down one of the best Hero's I've read. Not only was his physical description drool worthy, but the way the author described him as a human being was so much more appealing to me. He was such a kind, giving man. He's a true Lakota warrior with the way he takes care of anyone who needs it. He was not a womanizer and showed such respect for woman. Even put into a difficult situation with another woman, he handles it in such a way that had me falling for him even more.
I was fascinated with all the Native American culture details the author put into this story. I would suggest reading her authors note at the end of the book. I felt this one in my heart. ARC provided by NetGalley.