For Kendall Martin, a small, remote village in Southwest Alaska seems like a good place to start over. On the run from an abusive relationship, she leaves everything familiar behind and begins a new life as owner of a small souvenir and sportsman trading post in picturesque Staamat.
Denn Nulo knows everyone in town: he’s the Chief of Police in Staamat. He’s lived there all his life, except for his college years, spent in Anchorage. Originally planning on practicing criminal law and living in Anchorage permanently, Denn is forced to change his plans when he receives word that his widowed mother has passed away, leaving his young sister, Luna, alone. Denn comes back to Staamat to care for Luna.
When Kendall meets Denn, she begins to believe there are truly good men in the world. Denn is everything she wants: strong, loving, dedicated to family, protective. . .and patient. There is instant attraction between them, but Kendall is leery of men, and Denn craves a serious relationship that includes marriage and children. Their courtship is a conflicting mix of hesitancy and passion, with Luna, desperately needing a mother figure in her life, cheering them on.
As Kendall learns how to trust again and her romance with Denn grows more intense, a local woman who’s had her eye on Denn for years releases a torrent of damaging jealousy. . .and the nightmare from Kendall’s past discovers where she’s hidden herself.
It is very obvious that the author not only lived in Alaska, but loved it. The vivid and well sculpted descriptions paint a beautiful picture as each scene unfolds. It makes you want to visit!!
Our story begins with Kendall escaping an abusive ex-fiancee and starting over again in the wilds of Alaska. I think the author does a really good job depicting an abuse victim. Her emotions are well displayed and heart-felt. She meets the town hero, who also happens to be the sheriff, and feels an instant attraction to him. Denn is probably most girls dream guy, and Kendall proves to be no exception. Unfortunately, she isn't the only one in town that wants Denn, and serious problems occur because of an extremely jealous woman. Between that and her x popping back into the scene, you pretty much stay on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next. I really enjoyed this read, and the romance inside was healing. I think they both needed it. I will definitely be reading another book from this author!!!