Release Date: August 21, 2018
Publisher: Forever Romance, Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Synopsis: As Darby Dixon sits in a tiny Texas church bathroom on her wedding day holding a positive pregnancy test, she realizes that marrying her fiancé would be the worst decision of her life. She’s never been very good at standing up for herself, but she’ll sure as hell stand up for her baby. With very little cash and a ton of courage, she flees town to take a new name and start a new life.
As a Marine, Scott “Trex” Trexler worked in the most treacherous, corrupt, war-torn places on earth. With his new top-secret security job, he finally has a chance to return to the one place he’s felt at peace: Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The moment Trex checks in at the hotel where she’s working, Darby knows he’s dangerous. He may want her to think he’s another hotshot firefighter, along with all the others battling the nearby mountain blaze, but something doesn’t add up. No way will she get involved with another man she can’t fully trust – and Trex clearly isn’t telling her everything. As Darby’s ex gets closer and closer to finding her, both she and Trex will soon find out that what you don’t know can hurt you.
Jamie McGuire does it again. This story sucked me in from the very beginning when we met Darby and kept me engulfed until the very end. Jamie McGuire beautifully creates struggling characters that the reader will want to simultaneously shake some sense into and comfort with a tight hug. Darby is strong, independent, and a little bit of a mess. Trex is so caring, but his alpha male role isn’t helping his case. It’s amazing to see how those characteristics interact, and create the ups and downs of the relationship development.
The development of the characters, and their relationships with those around them, were done in a way that I’m looking forward to the rest of this series. Here’s to hoping Naomi gets a book! NOMES! While I knew there would be some sort of “show down,” I wasn’t bored waiting for it to happen. I loved getting to know Darby and Trex along the way. The action thrown in here and there just spiced up the story. You need to read this book, and I need time to pass so I can read the rest of the series!