Life has been complicated for Sydney Ross. Desperate for a new start, she leaves home but, during her travels, witnesses something that will forever alter the path of her life. On the run for the last six years, Sydney finds herself living the life of a nomad until she one day stumbles into a small town and hopes she's finally found a place to put down roots. With a good job in a local diner and, for the first time ever, friends who feel like family, things start looking up for Sydney. The biggest shock of all is catching the eye of the town’s most eligible bachelor, the sexy sheriff, Wade Jenkins.
Sparks fly between them, and it's not long before Sydney believes Elton, Missouri could be the home she's always wished for. But Sydney's past and her secrets have a way of catching up with her. When a brutal murder shakes the small town, Sydney is terrified that the countdown has begun on her time in Elton.
Have the shadows from her past found her again? The people who mean the most want her to stay, but that would put everyone, including her daughter, at risk. Can Sydney put her faith in Wade or will she keep running from a danger that even she doesn't fully understand?
Wow. This book pulled me in from the prologue and did not let me go until I read the last line. From the very beginning, the author paints a girl in despair. She is running, but what is she running from? I had to keep reading; I had to know. Then BAM! WTF! Bloody woman. Baby. Crazy blood covered man. OMG…Now she has a brand new reason to be on the run, and I got sucked in even more. But in the back of my head is why was she originally running? What happened to her?
Victoria Michaels does an excellent job at developing her characters. All their personalities were so distinct and real. I felt like I was thrust into this tiny town of Elton and into Sydney’s life. You feel her always underlying paranoia. She’s always looking over her shoulder, waiting for something bad to happen and the next sign that it is time to run again.
The problem is Sydney loves this town that she has temporarily settled in. She let people get too close and formed relationships. There is also a pretty hot sheriff, Wade, who has caught her eye. As much as she knows she needs to stay away from him for so many reasons, the pull is undeniable. She thinks that she can just have a taste, a memory, to last her the rest of her life, but she is sooo wrong. Try as she might, she has a very difficult time letting him go. It probably wouldn’t be so hard if he would let her go as well, but as soon as he had a taste, she was his.
Cue murders. Stalking. Other frightening things that start to happen. As hard as it will be Sydney is prepared to leave again, but circumstances prevent it. Wade won’t let her anyway. He is going to fight and protect her. *Sigh
The twist at the end is something I did not see coming. I had my suspicions as to whom and what she was running from, but I was totally wrong. There is no way that I could have guessed THAT! I’m telling you, you have got to read this book for yourself. It was a quick read (because I could not put it down) and one you will not regret.
Victoria Michaels is a wife and mother of many who lives her life in what seems like a constant state of motion. Kids’ sports, meetings, homework and general family fun take up twenty-seven hours of her day. In her thirty seconds of free time, Victoria likes to read, write and travel the country with her husband.
She most enjoys writing about love and laughter, two things that are central to her everyday life. If you would like to know more about what’s coming next from Victoria, please check back at victoriamichaels.net for updates, news and sneak peeks of future releases.