Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn’t realize is that someone else is also back in town.
Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that’s on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he’s fully recovered. It doesn’t take long, though, to discover his father’s ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.
With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?
Can you be more than the sum of your mistakes?
When Kacey Fairing returns home on leave from the military, the last thing she expects is to get partnered with her old flame, country star Ben King, for SAR work. There’s a lot of bitterness between the two of them about the misunderstandings that caused their breakup. They thought they had forever, but forever wasn’t long. Most of the wounds left have not fully healed, and neither one has been able to forget the other.
Ben loves his job, and yet it does nothing to fill the gaping hole left in his life by Kacey. After his partner stabs him in the back, he has come home to regroup and care for his extremely stubborn father.
When the two of the are called out to rescue a group of teenagers stranded on the mountain by rising floodwaters, Ben is shocked to discover he has a daughter he never knew about, and he is determined to be a Father to her, regardless of Kacey’s objections.
Ben made mistakes, and he freely admits that. He would like to move on and get his family back, but his every move gets countered. Kacey was a strong, yet very vulnerable woman. She battled her way though several tours in Afganistan as a chopper pilot, as well as trying to figure out how to single parent a child. Both are dealing with a lot of insecurities. There was a lot of back-and-forth drama between the two main characters, but surprisingly the story didn’t drag.
Communication is so important in a relationship, and this book underlines that fact well. Lack of communication nearly destroyed a wonderful relationship, and they’re still picking up the pieces thirteen years later.
There is a secondary plot centered around another pair of characters, Ian and Sierra, and the hunt for his missing niece. Surprisingly, this issue was never really resolved. I can only hope that book two will hold the answers to that. I had though that the book would have a bit more suspense than it did.
**I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way required to leave a good review. I promise this review is my genuine opinion of the book.**
My Rating: Five Flames
Romance: There was kiss or two and some flirting. The main character did have a child out of wedlock, and the lyrics of a few of Ben’s country song were very subtly suggestive.
Drinking/Drugs: Kacey does have dinner in a bar where a few others are imbibing, but she does not drink anything herself.
Blood/violence: One bar fight and a few minor injuries.
Happy Reading y’all!