Jacob Donovan had everything he wanted: a sister he adored and a woman he loved...before a tragic twist of fate four years ago robbed him of both. Jacob was supposed to move on, but picking up the pieces was difficult when all he was left with was a long line of women in his bed, a tumultuous home life and a grave marker. Forced to harden his heart, Jacob tried to forget and built a fortress around his heart...at least, until she returned.
Vanessa Harvell was a carefree, straight-A student who was endlessly devoted to the boy of her dreams...until she made a poor decision that left her scarred both emotionally and physically. In the aftermath of losing her best friend and boyfriend, she grew distant and cold, throwing herself into a career she hated in order to forget. Forgetting has not proven easy, however, especially when another tragic turn of events brings her back to West Lake. Vanessa is forced to confront her past, her present and her future...along with the man whose feelings for her continue to linger.
Despite the fact that time, distance and circumstance have come between them, Jake and Vanessa's worlds are about to collide. Will their passion for one another be strong enough to move past the heartache in their past? Can true love prevail, even as you struggle to forgive yourself and the one you once believed to be your soulmate? Can you ever really find yourself...and is love truly better the second time around?