Synopsis: Melanie Gordon has spent the past five years obsessing over her career to dull the pain of a devastating breakup and the loss of her father. When she receives the promotion that could be her big break she must return to her hometown to face her past while leaving behind the man who could be her future.
Selfless (and insanely sexy) philanthropist, Raine Mason, is committed to his cause. But his passion for rescuing high-risk young males from the road to disaster is fueled by his own dark and tragic past.
When Raine is ready to take his casual friendship with Melanie to sizzling new heights, her one-way ticket to Cleveland is already booked. But a steamy night of passion leaves them both wanting more. Melanie reluctantly agrees to a mostly long-distance relationship with no promises and no commitments.
Melanie may finally be ready to give Raine her heart…but she discovers startling news that causes her to question everything she knows about him. Worse, he’s harboring a dark secret from his past that threatens to shatter any hope of a future for them unless he can convince her that their love is worth the risk.
This was a fab story! I will start out with that. We have your typical work-a-holic individual woman and the friend that wants to be more…it works. The premise is nothing we haven’t seen before, but Ms. Ryan fuses the template with strong characters, secrets, wants, desires and pretty much everything else we encounter in life.
Melanie is trying to prove herself in a very high stress and competitive industry, as Raine is attempting to make up for the wrongs of his past. Melanie’s character is drawn to success, more as a remembrance to her father than for herself. Raine is hiding from his past, who he truly is. When their world collide, on more than one level, it takes family and the ideas of truth and love to pull them back. The couple faces secrets, ex-boyfriends, jealous co-workers and celebrities!
The novel is crafted very well and tugs at your heart strings. I was always rooting for Raine, even when I wanted to scream at Melanie for her uber snottiness at times! Hey, we all have our moments and those are what make characters real and believable.
A great novel for Ms. Ryan and I highly recommend it as a summer read!