To keep himself safe, he trusted no one.
Sixteen years after leaving, FBI Profiler Dylan Howard is returning to Ryker Falls to see his sick father. He doesn't do emotion or friendship, this is about duty and nothing more. He didn't need to connect with the two sisters who were strangers to him or catch up with his old school buddy. The only problem with that is one sexy brunette called Piper Trainer. From the start, she's determined to make him feel, determined to make him see how empty his life is. He can feel himself changing, but then someone from his past surfaces, and suddenly those he cares for are in danger. He must keep them safe, but to do that he needs to push them away and Dylan fears he's not strong enough to do that for a second time.
Trust was the only thing that kept her safe.
Piper didn't need or want a hot, sexy man in her life, especially not when her best friend died, and she takes custody of her one-year-old daughter Grace. But Dylan Howard is like a burr under her saddle, and everywhere she turns there he is. She watches him try and remain emotionless when faced with his family and friends but the cracks are starting to appear, and the good guy surfaces. Just when she thinks that maybe there could be a chance for them, he pushes her away. Piper takes refuge in her family, but too late, she realizes that she's given Dylan her heart. Now she must fight for her happiness with the only weapon she has: love.
About the Author
Wendy Vella is a lover of all things romantic, and with a voracious appetite for reading across all romance genre's, she eventually settled on the Regency era to begin her writing career. She penned her first novel at eighteen though she says it will never make an appearance further than the closet in which it currently resides.
After having her two children, she then joined Romance Writers of New Zealand and started honing her chosen craft by entering competitions with some success and attending conferences, until eventually, she was ready to publish her first novel.
With several of her Regency historical novels reaching bestseller status on Amazon, she has recently moved into contemporary romance. Her first series is set in Oregon in the fictional town of Lake Howling, and she has enjoyed the change of genre immensely, though is quick to add that she will still be writing historical, as the colorful and sometimes turbulent waters of Regency London are still her first love.
Wendy is a sucker for a happy ending, having secured her own. She has been married to her own dark, brooding hero for 30 years and shares her home with two wonderful children, two dogs and anyone else who happens to be visiting at the time. Born and raised in a rural area in the North Island of New Zealand, Wendy loves the beaches and lush green rolling hills of her homeland and is proud to call herself a very patriotic Kiwi!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really hate it when I get to the end of a book I really loved but I can’t find the right words to explain what I’ve just experienced. This wasn’t quite the same kind of emotional roller-coaster that the fist book was, but it still took me for a ride full of loops, twists, turns, and unexpected switchbacks. Piper was a fun character however I spent a lot of time wanting to smack her for her cranky attitude. Dylan, I completely adored. We learn early on that his life has travelled a rough road and he hasn’t recovered from it yet. I just wanted to hug him and tell him everything would be alright. These aren’t two people I would expect to hit it off, but they are so freaking cute together it’s irresistible. I can’t wait to see what happens next, and who’s the next to fall, in Ryker Falls. I received a complimentary copy of this book.
I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have read all of Ms. Vella’s previous contemporary romances and this book is a great addition to her collection. Wendy has once again built a beautiful town and filled it with lots of loveable characters. Dylan and Piper were an engaging couple, once Dylan thawed his icy exterior. The addition of danger in the story added to the suspense and made it a real page-turner. I felt the ending was rushed and a little lacking in details, but maybe that was just me wanting the story to not end! I enjoyed this latest episode very much and look forward to the next installment.