In Bokchito, Oklahoma, you know everyone and trust no one…
Emily Matthews swore she’d never expose her son Jack to her dysfunctional family that sent her running from Bokchito at only seventeen. The sins of her past still haunt her, but when her brother lands in jail, she has no choice but to go back and face her old demons.
Miller Anderson has never forgotten about the girl who ran out of his life thirteen years ago…
And with the secret he’s keeping from Emily, he knows he most likely never will. But when his daughter Abby plays matchmaker to set him up with his lost love, he can’t resist the resurgence of emotion that has them reliving their high school glory days.
Evil has a way of waiting for what it wants…
Just when Emily and Miller discover their old flame hasn’t died, they learn another fire has been smoldering in Bokchito. Her family’s long line of sins, kindled with a generation-old grudge, ignites when Emily discovers the truth about Miller’s daughter and is forced to choose between protecting Miller’s secret and the one thing she can’t afford to lose…her son Jack.
Caught up in a game of lies and dirt road scandal, Emily must risk everything to save her son and preserve Miller’s good name, or let her family’s darkest secret ruin them both.
How was it?
Great romantic tension and awesome suspense.
I read this book in one sitting. The characters invite you into this twisty-turny plot with gentle smiles and hints of romance. Once, you're all settled and cozy, they lock the door and that gentle smile turns into a maniacal laugh of victory. You're hooked until the very last page.
I was so engaged during one particularly intense scene that I missed my youngest daughter creeping into my room...until her head appeared over the top of my computer screen with a stage whispered, "Mom!". Cue primal scream of terror. She screamed because I screamed which sent the two, furry alarms systems barking and brought my older daughter sprinting down the hall, sobbing because she was sure we were being attacked. Just fair warning.
The author's fabulous voice gives each character an authentic uniqueness. Emily is like a fellow mom that you want to meet for coffee (or margaritas, honestly, the woman could really use a margarita). Her chemistry with Miller instantly ignites but is complicated by deep secrets stemming from events set in motion long before they fell in love.
Abby, Miller's teenage daughter, encapsulates the complex personality of a young teen with just the right amount of maturity and sass to present a fully-rounded character and not the caricature of a teen that often appears in adult books.
Then there's Jack. Sweet, precocious, Jack. Emily's son with autism. Her love for him pours off the page so vividly, I forgot they were characters and not a family living down the street.
So, grab this book, a good snack and settle in for a story that will keep you reading until way past your bedtime.