Xander Evans has been on the road for many years. Never settling. Always moving from one place to another, unable to let go of his past. He lived a tragic childhood, spending most of those years in foster care. He's never felt like he's had a home. That is until he stops in the small town of Truman Valley, Missouri, where he meets a woman who will change everything he's ever known.
Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she's missing....is love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she's ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night.
A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again.
A night that would send Xander away to prison for life.
The story is told in a flashback to three years prior. He was a loner, who made friends with and received a job from the Watson family. He comes to care for and falls in love with Paige Watson, the daughter. Paige falls in love with Xander, a stranger to her. BT creates just enough mystery as to who kills Paige’s mother to keep me guessing until the very end - which is very hard for me. I’m usually the kind that figures out who done it early on and I tend to spoil it for everyone else. But this book actually surprised me.
The love story in this book was special. It wasn’t rushed and it made sense. This was not a “everything is going to be okay” story, but it was so good. BT’s use of secondary characters makes this story believable. This was a fantastic job for a debut novel. I can’t wait to read the next book in this new series. 4.5 stars!