After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.
Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.
Now, it was far too late. The accident destroyed not only his life, but his confidence as well. What woman, especially a refined, elegant woman like Kansas, would look at him twice? He knew he was destined only to fish, hunt, and maybe return to a desk job at the precinct.
He’d help Kansas as much as he could, and do his best to make sure she stayed safe. He knew she’d heal both physically and mentally, and go on with her life. He hoped somehow they’d stay friends. Maybe he’d be like her bachelor brother who visited her and her family on Sundays and holidays and sat alone in the corner.
Good grief, he thought miserably. He was destined to be a lonely old man.
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Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian and Edwardian era photography and antique poison bottles. Natalie contributes her uncharacteristic love of hockey to being born in Russia.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos and antique poison bottles.
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