Ben Davis: Young Chicago police officer and good old boy next door, Ben comforts Brianna in her tragedy and becomes a much-needed friend-and potentially more-as she adjusts to her new reality. Brianna finds comfort in him, but he's in Chicago, and she's not. Will she still be his after the summer? Will he fight for her if he must?
Matt Brennan: Ranch hand and bull rider from an abusive, broken childhood, Matt ran away at 12 and found a new life in the west. Fascinated by his power and deep eyes, Brianna finds herself unable to stay away. Even though he tries to push her away, it pushes her to show him an unexpected fire that is hard to resist. Will he put his prejudice about "city girls" aside to give her a chance?
When the two men meet, Brianna has a decision to make and a path to choose for her future. Ben? Matt? Chicago? New Mexico? Can she find the strength to do what is in her heart?
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Upon her parents' sudden deaths, 17-year-old artist Brianna Wylder must leave Chicago to live in New Mexico. Love in, and for, both places helps heal her wounds but forces her between two very different men. Growing up in this brand-new world, she has to decide which path to choose and how to walk it. There's more story than other romance novels where it's simply "get to the sex already." This is really about her growing up and discovering a world beyond the one she knew and was comfortable in. It's about love and romance, yes, but it's also about loss and dealing with that loss in a variety of ways, some of them a bit mystical. It's a great reading experience and will get your pulse racing at all the right moments.
Victoria J. Hyla creates a story and characters so believable that you will cry, laugh, and sigh as you read. Expertly written with exquisite descriptions and masterful plot twists, this was my favorite book of 2011. I couldn't put it down!