Every family has its secrets… and its rebel.
Deep in the Cascade mountains, the Rockwell family has been running historic Rocky Peak Lodge for generations. But now, that legacy is at risk of disappearing forever.
Kai, always the rebel, would rather risk his life as a rescue paramedic than deal with his impossibly stubborn father, “Mad Max” Rockwell. Only one thing could bring him home—a real threat to his family. Especially in the form of a beautiful woman.
Nurse Nicole Davidson never pictured herself as a spy. All she wants is security for her disabled sister. Get some inside intel for a friend’s investment group while working for surly Max? She can do that. Until the outrageously sexy Kai Rockwell shows up and sets everything on fire—most especially her.
Equally determined, equally passionate about protecting their families, Kai and Nicole don’t know if they should be enemies or lovers—or both. All they know is they can’t resist each other…no matter the price.
After yet another fight with his father Mad Max Rockwell, Kai decides to leave Rocky Peak Lodge. At 17yrs old, Kai embarks on an adventure of his own becoming a rescue paramedic taking various assignments all over the US never forgetting the Cascades. Although he has kept in touch with his family, he hasn't been back to the Lodge since that fateful argument that drove him away. Until his dad's health issues threaten his family's legacy.
Nicole would and has done practically everything to ensure her sister is taken care of, but being a nurse's aide barely covers the bills. When her sister gets placed in a private room, after an argument with her roommate, Nicole doesn't know where she's going to come up with the extra money. When her best friend figures out Nicole's new client is Max Rockwell, she offers Nicole a side job with all the perks. Nicole is supposed to spy on the Rockwells so that her best friend has the upper hand when making an offer to purchase the Lodge. If her friend lands this deal, she makes partner. Win, win. Until Nicole meets Kai...
Wow, just wow!!! What a way to start a new series! I've read practically every novel Jennifer Bernard has written and I think this one is her best yet! Kai is untrusting by nature. Nicole can't tell a lie without blushing. The combination provides a combustible couple. Their chemistry is undeniable. Nicole feels as though she's being blackmailed by her best friend and absolutely hates lying to the Rockwells who have become a family to her. Kai realizes the destruction secrets can cause. He also realizes true love doesn't come around every day, but is he too late? Love this story and can't wait to see how the rest of the series unfolds. I received a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
I will give it 3 1/2 stars. It was interesting , it kept my attention, but I was able to put it down a couple of times. The characters were good and uncomplicated.