Dr. Katherine "Kat" Arnolds left Oregon and never looked back at the town that failed her as a child. But when a new patient from Independence Falls joins her clinical trial, she returns determined to show everyone in her hometown how she has thrived—including her high school crush.
Brody Summers saves people. For years, he looked out for his younger siblings and ran the family business. Now he works search and rescue. After a failed mission, Brody plans to take an evening off. When a blonde city girl knocks him off his feet, he refuses to walk away from desire. But it doesn't take long for Brody to realize the past is returning to haunt him—and it goes back farther than one wild night.
The last thing Kat wants is a reason to extend her stay in Independence Falls. But she can't escape the memory of Brody's wicked touch. As their passion heats up, Brody wonders if he's falling for the one woman who doesn't need rescuing.
I've read one other book in this series and loved it. I was excited to read more.
I'm a very character driven reader. When I don't like a character, I have a hard time liking the story or the book. Such was the case with this book.
I didn't like Kat. She does something...okay she lies by omission...to Brody in the first part of the book and I just never forgave her. Lies are not a deal breaker for me. I just need the character to have a good reason for it. The reason can't be a selfish reason. I felt this one was selfish. She lied to get what she wanted knowing it would upset him and knowing he would find out the very next day. I just didn't like her after that.
Kat has come back to the town she grew-up in to help Brody's brother Josh and to let the people of that town know that she made it in life despite how they made her feel as a child. She definitely has a chip on her shoulder. I do see character growth from her and by the end I was at least happy that she made Brody happy.
I loved Brody in book 3 so it was a given I would still care about him. And I think it may be a big part of why I couldn't get over her lying to him. Brody gives to help everyone else. He's the opposite of selfish is every way. How can he fall for a girl that lies for selfish reasons? Couldn't deal with it.
Not sure I bought Brody's kinky side either. Sure, dependable Brody has a tie his girls up fetish? Really?
There was some smokin' hot scenes and I did like how it ended. If you count just the days I was reading this one, it's a fast read. But I had to put it down for probably a week after I realized what she'd done. When I picked it back up, I read the rest in an evening.
Those that have read this series will probably want to read this one. If you're character driven and lies bug you, then I'd pass.