Genre: Contemporary Romance
Maddie Kincaid thought she finally found the simple life when she moved to Brazos Bend and started her own business. She never dreamed that helping a gentle old man would force her to run for her life, right into the arms of the infamous Luke "Sin" Callahan. He has just settled into a fishing vacation, and the last thing he needs on his line is a long-legged redhead stowaway with secrets in her heart and killers on her trail.
Lucky for her, he's deadlier than the guys who are chasing her. Unfortunately for him, she's gorgeous, smart and determined to make it on her own. When the secrets start spilling and the nights heat up, Luke realizes he faces a new sort of danger-losing the woman he loves. Can he win the battle for her heart? Or will she give him the slip?
Maddie has gotten herself into a real jam, stuck with a minivan full of millions of dollars worth of an illegal drug and on the run from people trying to kill her to get to it, all this trouble leads her to a man who would make any girl weak at the knees. Luke is damn reluctant to get involved with whatever mess Maddie has gotten herself into, but he can’t seem to help himself when it comes to the fiery red head. Things only get more and more complicated for Maddie and after a few unfortunate incidents; she ends up in the care of Luke at his childhood home and Luke’s father, Branch, the very man Luke cannot stand. Maddie and Luke agree to be friends, with benefits of course, the heat between the two is fierce. I love how Maddie manages to tame “the beast” so to speak, getting past Luke’s defences, though Luke has a much tougher time getting Maddie to let her guard down after what men had done to her in the past. But she does start to believe in him;
“He stroked his knuckles down her cheek. “You’re important to me, Red. You’re special. I need you to believe that.”
She looked at him long and hard, her gaze searching his. When the last vestiges of doubt melted from her eyes, Luke felt like he’d won the lottery.
He bent his head and kissed her, taking the last step to move his body against hers. His kiss was tender, loving, conveying his emotions in a wordless poem. It was a kiss like none other he’d given before.
He loved her. He did, and he didn’t have the faintest idea what he was going to do about it”.