A gripping standalone adult contemporary romance about finding yourself while taking a second chance at your first love…
Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional —not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.
Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.
Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes.
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I really enjoy those stories that blend something more with the romance because they feel more real. This is one of those books.
Dakota and Shane left things unsettled 5 years ago and now a death has brought them to the same place. It's a possibility for a second chance at their first love. But that's not all. As they struggle to deal with seeing each other again, they also have to deal with controversy and the question of who's behind it.
Things are never neat is life and when a book muddies the waters with problems for the couple to figure out together, then there can be more couple time. And I love my couple time. These two have some hot sexy tension between them. And when they give in...against the wall, on the couch, in her bed...they're not picky.
I loved how Shane could read Dakota. He saw her withdrawing into herself and I love that he called her on it. She's a strong women but she likes to hide her emotions. Shane's grown into the man that won't let her walk away from him again. Loved that about him.
The Native American culture was a welcome difference for this one too. It's nice to learn about and feel the culture of characters that don't always get the lime light.
The story is interesting. I figured out the bad guy early but it was interesting to watch Shane and Dakota figure it out. And I enjoyed the suspense aspects of this one. It wasn't a heavy element but added enough to make it feel different.
This one is a stand alone and will be enjoyed by those that love a good second chance story with lots of couple time and some different cultural elements.
Giving away my review ARC. This one has a pink cover but a great story inside!
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