Karyn Good
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
June 2012
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

What he's sworn to protect, she's willing to sacrifice to save those she loves...

When dedicated teacher Lily Wheeler interrupts a vicious gang attack on one of her students, she vows it won't happen again. But her rash interference puts her in the path of a cold-blooded killer and the constable tracking him - a man she has little reason to trust, but can never forget.

Constable Chase Porter returned to Aspen Lake to see justice done, not renew old acquaintances. But when he rescues the woman he once loved from a volatile situation, he realizes his feelings for Lily haven't lessened over the years.

Now, the dangerous killer Chase has sworn to capture has Lily in his sights. Can Chase and Lilly learn to trust each other again before it's too late - or will old insecurities jeopardize their future?

Book Review by CozyReader (reviewer)
Aug 19, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
224 people found the following review helpful
Just because you come from a "bad seed" doesn't mean that that defines who you are or will be, as you define your life's path, not your mother or father.

Chase comes home after 10 years and runs interference in a gang fight in which the woman he left behind is being threatened. He never expected to find the enforcer of the gang he's investigating within his sight but can't do anything about it because Lily is in need of help. As danger escalates between the enforcer, the student and Lily, Chase can't help but protect her but she makes it so frustrating for him. She is her own person and he can't understand that her life is her town and students. He tries his best to evade her sexiness but something pulls them together and soon he finds himself in her bed, but for how long?

I admired Lily and how she wants to protect her town and her students from this gang. She finds herself not only interfering in a gang beat down but also in the middle of a kidnapping. When she finds herself looking into the eyes of the man that ran out of her life 10 years ago, all her memories come back. I loved how she never backed down to Chase and stood up to what she believed. She wanted to be part of the investigation but she knew how to work it, work along with Mike or keep on insisting with Chase until she got what she wanted. I enjoyed that anytime that Mike would hug or caress Lily, it got Chase so upset. She showed so much courage throughout the story especially during her own face-to-face encounters with the enforcer but she put up a fight. Only problem is once she fell in bed with Chase it seemed she wanted more but when it comes to it and she realizes that he intends to leave again, she is able to say her piece and this time she walks out on him. I'm so proud of her.

Chase and Lily are made for each other; they complement each other so well. There are times that I want to strangle or even kick some sense into Chase because he is so stubborn. He can't seem to see that the best thing in life for him is standing right in front of him. The description of the enforcer was so vivid that it seemed that I could actually envision the soulless enforcer in front of me. The twists and turns that this storyline take was good and it made me think of where it would head next. I wanted to know what this student had that the enforcer would show up in this small town personally to deal with the problem. Gang violence is everywhere nowadays but all we can do is stay united, but when it hits home, it seems that it takes a different turn and all you want to do is protect the people you love.

Okay, so let me get back to Chase and Lily. The chemistry between them was so evident and when they finally kissed, not only did clothes come off, but the sparks between them were hot. You know that they are meant for each other but stubbornness is what is keeping them apart and Chase needs to open his eyes before it's too late.

I encourage any reader to pick up this book and get lost in the journey of Chase and Lily and how they were able to keep their town safe from gang violence.
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