For as long as he could remember, he wanted her…
Raised by a single mother, Adam Collins resolved to take no chances with a girl’s future—or his own. That’s why, as hard as it was, he resisted everything he felt for Marissa Brooks. Then one night a reckless challenge left a fellow student dead and changed both their lives forever. As penance, Adam took the boy’s place in the Marines, where he could disappear into discipline and duty, and left Marissa behind to struggle with her dreams.
Twelve years later, Adam is back in Walkers Ford to serve as the best man in his friend’s wedding. The years haven’t diminished the electric connection he has with Marissa. But Adam’s mistake continues to haunt him, and Marissa is stumbling under the weight of her family’s legacy. Together they wrestle with demons and dreams, but if there’s any hope for a future together Adam has to not only find a way to forgive himself, but also ask others for forgiveness—especially from the woman whose heart he broke.
Known for erotic romance, Calhoun (Uncommon Pleasure) delivers a more traditional contemporary that's steamy enough to satisfy her fans and has a strong story to win over new readers. Adam Collins challenged classmate Josh Wilmont to a motorcycle race, but during the race, Josh lost control of his bike and died. Devastated, Adam left the small town of Walkers Ford, S.Dak., to join the Marines, leaving behind the girl he loved, Marissa Brooks. Twelve years later, Adam comes home to find Marissa working on repairing Brookhaven, the family house her father had to sell. The last of the once-prominent Brooks family, Marissa is determined to rehabilitate the mansion and the Brooks reputation. The attraction between Marissa and Adam is immediate and strong, and while there's no urgency to their romance, they commence a believable relationship and help each other heal their scars. Romance readers who enjoy a solid love story with some heat will appreciate this steamy, emotionally complex novel.