Speeding north through rural Maine, Eden Martelli wonders how her life came to this—on the run with her mute five-year-old son dozing fitfully in the passenger seat. When a breakdown leaves them stranded in Summer Harbor, Eden has no choice but to stay put through Christmas . . . even though they have no place to lay their heads.
Beau Callahan is a habitual problem solver—for other people anyway. He left the sheriff’s department to take over his family’s Christmas tree farm, but he’s still haunted by the loss of his parents and struggling to handle his first Christmas alone.
When Eden shows up looking for work just as Beau’s feisty aunt gets out of the hospital, Beau thinks he’s finally caught a break. Eden is competent and dedicated—if a little guarded—and a knockout to boot. But, as he soon finds out, she also comes with a boatload of secrets.
Eden has been through too much to trust her heart to another man, but Beau is impossible to resist, and the feeling seems to be mutual. As Christmas Eve approaches, Eden’s past catches up to her.
Beau will go to the ends of the earth to keep her safe. But who’s going to protect his heart from a woman who can’t seem to trust again?
I have always enjoyed Denise Hunter’s books and this one is no exception. Eden’s character was that of a strong woman who had been victimized by her husband into believing she was a worthless mother. All she could think about is getting her son to safety. But her attraction to Beau was getting in the way of her reasoning.
Beau was the strong defender hero of this book. He knew something was off with Eden but he just couldn’t place it. Being a former deputy sheriff he had connections to get answers to his questions. What he found out terrified him. He made it his mission to protect Eden and her son from anyone that came to harm them. The only thing was who, was going to protect his heart.
The only criticism I have for this book is that towards the end of the book some of Beau’s and Eden’s kisses got a little heavy and in the epilogue he patted her backside. To me that was just being a little too familiar. It’s a clean book. But I just didn’t care for that. That being said I would recommend this book. And I am anxious to read Zac’s and Riley’s stories.
I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.