I wasn't expecting the suspense in the story. I was under the impression this was a straight love story; vintage Linda Howard, but nope, she brought in a bit of her trademark suspense she is famous for today.
It's not riddled with suspense like her newer books, but it has enough to keep you wondering and a little on edge. Mainly a love story peppered with suspense.
The heroine Michelle was great. She is strong and interesting and the typical Howard heroine. Inheriting her father's ranch in Florida is not her idea of a great time, especially when she finds out it has been so deep in debt that it may never survive year's end.
The main problem? Most of that debt is owed to the broody neighbor John. John is a hard working rancher that turned nothing into an empire but also hates Michelle's guts. A few years older than her, he detests the ground she walks on.
Ten years have gone by since they last saw one another, yet the hate and anamosity has not disapated, its grown. Grown into something too big for the both of them to handle.
Michelle must swallow her pride and hate and offer John something to save the ranch in place of the debt since she cannot pay it. But what John has in mind just fans the flames.
Hate turns to unbridled passion and need, but something is lurking in her past that threatens to come to light. Can she stop it in time? And will John put aside his anger with her enough to honor her father's friendship over the years enough to give Michelle a break?