Rayne Shelby has spent her entire life trying to earn the approval of her high-powered family, with the hope of one day managing her late grandfather’s prestigious Idaho lodge. But when she makes a mistake that puts her future in jeopardy, she faces an impossible choice: defy her family or deny her dream. The only way to fix the mess she’s created is to enlist the help of her neighbor, Levi, the apprentice of her family’s greatest enemy. And if Rayne gets caught crossing the divided property lines, the consequences will be irreparable.
Levi Harding has never forgotten the August night he shared with Rayne when they were teens—or the way she later rejected him. Despite his warring instincts, he can’t ignore her plea for help or the spark that’s ignited between them. But now, as wildfires bear down on their town and family secrets are revealed, their newfound alliance might just go up in smoke.
Nicole Deese is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I haven't read all her books- just a couple but I'm such a fan of the ones I have read. When I saw this new book up on NetGalley I was so excited!
I loved the tension that existed from the very beginning of this book. It felt so real and strong. Rayne and Levi are fantastic characters with depth and humanity. Their struggles, their feelings and their decisions felt authentic and real. The whole book just had a meaty feel to it. I loved it.
It's a forbidden love, a family feud, buried secrets and a raging wildfire all conspiring against two genuinely good people who want to want to contribute positively to society and live peaceably. At times, the forces against them seemed too overwhelming but I always felt that thread of hope from both of the main characters. It had me fully invested and rooting for the good of all. I really loved this book!
-I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.