I really wanted to like this book, considering that I generally enjoy Copeland's romances and she creates very realistic characters. However, here she creates idealistic and naive Katie Addison, who runs a women's shelter despite not having any type of degree in social work or psychology.
She is also dumber than a bag of hammers. She doesn't seem to comprehend simple math, and really has no business taking care of women who've been abused when she can't take care of herself or her grandfather's farm. She constantly acts without thinking, and this is her greatest flaw. Would any man, no matter how patient, really put up with this level of stupidity on a daily basis?
That was my real problem with the book. Ben, her suitor, has had a longstanding crush on her; she doesn't reciprocate, believing that since he stood her up on prom night over a decade ago, they're not destined to be together. (That he has a valid excuse doesn't placate her.) Ben and Katie woo each other via amusing handheld signs, which is one of the little things I liked about this book. Copeland also creates a very good romantic triangle between Katie, Ben, and the book's sneering villain, Warren, a wealthy landowner/lawyer who genuinely believes that women are beneath him. How he eventually gets to Katie in the book's conclusion is worthy of any good thriller.
It's a decent read, but Copeland has definitely done better.