Memories of rescuing her fueled his dreams. Seeing her again fueled his desire.
Far from the mountains of Afghanistan, Abby Stewart found solace in the wild country of western Colorado. But after finishing one war, she was caught in another. In securing the crime scene, Lieutenant Michael Dance was more surprised to see Abby than the dead body. How could he forget her face after caring for her wounds and saving her life? And yet she didn't remember him at all. That wouldn't stop him from embarking on a high stakes investigation leading to much worse than murder. And if it helped jog Abby's memory and soften her toward him, he wouldn't leave her side until she was safe once more
The ease and lively beginning of the story, while Abby is collecting plants for her science project, soon turns into tension and fear, when suspicious characters invade her peaceful place at the national park. With Abby's memories and flashbacks of the war, the tension rises even more.
It is a captivating start for the book, as the plot thickens, and the beauty and peace of the national park, turns into a dangerous crime scene.
Abby and Michael have a unique connection, since he saved her life in Afghanistan, even though Abby has no recollection of it.
Michael, a former PJ, is a true hero. He is intense, protective, committed to his job to hold the law, and help the people. He is easy to like, and admire. His attraction, and connection, to Abby is immediate, and he is not hiding it. Abby is still getting used to her life after the injury in the war. The scar on her face changed all her future plans, and she seems a bit bitter about it. She is high strung, stubborn, and short tempered at first, and it took a while to warm up to her.
The story moves on smoothly, as the danger comes close to Abby repeatedly. While lost in the forest, doing their best to stay alive, and hidden from the criminals, Michael and Abby take care of the baby trusted with them, and learn more about each other, learn to trust each other, and survive in a primitive way.
The story is alluring, and kept me up late reading it. I still had some questions at the end of the book, but this being the book I in a new series, maybe the answers are more forthcoming in future installments of the series. But for the Guardian
~ Four Spoons!