A school shooting survivor, Dr. Taryn Landry has devoted her life to preventing teen violence, but just as she’s launching a promising new program, unexpected obstacles arise, and a sexy trainer she’s working with harbors secrets that might derail everything she’s worked for.
After a disastrous first date, Taryn finds herself at open mic night at a bar. She sings her heart out and finds herself revisiting teenage dreams only to have an anxiety attack at the end, landing in the arms of Lucas, a sexy stranger who helps her out then disappears. Both disappointed and relieved, she reminds herself that she doesn’t have time to hang out in bars or meet sexy but mysterious men for coffee, because she has to focus on her research and the program she’s presenting to the local school board, designed to target potentially harmful teens and get them the support they need before they turn violent. However, her resolve falters when her best friend guilt trips her into starting an exercise plan and she discovers her trainer is none other than the sexy good Samaritan. The two share an explosive attraction, though he rebuffs her advances until he finally admits that he’s actually Shaw Miller, the brother of one of the shooters who attacked her school. Entering into a secretive affair, they both realize it can’t last, but that doesn’t keep them from growing more intense even as Taryn’s career is threatened. Loren continues her breathtaking The Ones Who Got Away series with another Long Acre shooting survivor who finds love with a problematic partner and who must rediscover who she is as she fights for her happiness. Taryn risks her livelihood and the good will of her family when she falls for Shaw, but in exploring their relationship, Loren deftly and elegantly explores guilt and forgiveness as Taryn learns to truly open her heart to Shaw and his love.