Divorce attorney Rebecca Lindt has a demanding job and emotional baggage; she's aiming for partner in her father’s firm and helping on his election campaign. Getting involved with the has-been chef she helped ruin is not a good idea even if he's smart, sexy, and just what she needs.
After another successful yet depressing divorce proceeding, Rebecca is on her way home when she’s mugged at gunpoint. A school-shooting survivor, Rebecca completely shuts down in the moment and would probably be killed if not for a stray dog and a passer-by who come to her rescue. The dog is shot, and the stranger arranges for his veterinarian brother to come pick them up. Rebecca is attracted to the man until she recognizes his name, Wesley Garrett, and realizes she represented his wife in divorce proceedings and he’d cheated on her. At first judgmental, she changes her tune when she hears his side of the story—a first step toward a less black-and-white view of the world, a perspective which expands as she is folded into his life in unexpected ways. She becomes involved in a cooking program he runs for at-risk teens and supports it through her firm’s charitable fund. After their relationship turns sexual, her disapproving father threatens to expose her deepest, most painful secret if she doesn’t stop seeing Wes and supporting the program. Rebecca must finally take a stand for her own happiness, facing her own deep-seated wounds and confronting her father’s controlling manner.
Loren’s second title in a series that revolves around survivors of a high school shooting (The Ones Who Got Away, 2018) maintains the complexity and emotional intensity that earned the first book huge acclaim but never loses its way as a sexy, captivating romance.