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
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.
After Dakota’s father is stabbed to
death after leaving the town’s bakery, Shane comes back in to town for the
funeral. While there, he realizes a piece of him has been missing this whole
time….Dakota. He wasn't man enough back in college to fight for and keep
her, but he is more than willing and able now.
Dakota is drawn to
Shane. Their sparks fly and her smarts and stubbornness are a major turn on for
Shane. She can’t get Shane out of her head, and after a while stops trying to
not fall for him all over again. Slowly her walls are coming down, while Shane
tries to protect Dakota and her family. Dakota and her mom have been threatened
to sell the Casino Dakota’s father left them and Shane is not having any of
This was a good mix
of romance, murder mystery/suspense and it delves into a little of the Native
American culture. Their ethics and ways of life are what Dakota, Shane and her
family live by, but someone of their culture is not abiding by the same credo……
Can’t tell you who. You’ll just have to read.