Pre-med student Sarah Jones is back in Beaver, Alaska, for summer vacation. A loyal member of the Gwich’in tribe, she accepts the rules set by her father, the leader of their small town. Raised in a strict household, she learned early on to do what is expected of her and has agreed to an arranged marriage. Despite her reluctance to marry without love, Sarah is unwilling to defy her father’s wishes. She hopes to help usher in an era of independence and stability for the town, but for now, her focus is finishing med school so she can become Beaver’s resident doctor.
Together, Sarah and Greg must both decide whether they can overcome the vast differences between them, or if the indivisible line that separates their worlds will ultimately pull them apart.
With nothing he could use to fight back, he clutched at his thigh and tried to crawl away on what was now his ‘good leg.’ Greg felt blood gushing from the wound, and more strength seeped out of him with every passing second. He refused to die now, no matter how loud Death knocked on his door. If the Reaper did manage to claim him right here and now, his one regret would be not telling Sarah how he felt about her.
“I think this time, I’ll make sure you’re dead.” Cade’s maniacal laugh rang out, and he walked closer, his footsteps pounding against the hardwood floor with every step.
Despite the pain every movement elicited, Greg turned his body around to meet Cade’s gaze with determined resolve. If he were to die, it wouldn’t be running away like a coward. The other man’s expression held no remorse, no pity, and no awareness — just pure hatred.
“Why do you hate me so much?” Greg asked through gritted teeth. The question had been nagging at him since Cade’s first attack on him.
His former best friend smirked and pointed the gun at his head.
A sudden chain of events turns Sarah and her life in Beaver upside down, starting with gunshot victim, Greg Andrews. Sarah has to choose between tribal law and her vow to “first do no harm” and save this handsome strangers life.
Sarah reluctantly becomes his live-in nurse while he recovers and she finishes school after being banished by her father and no place else to go. Though the arrangement is less than amicable, we slowly see them fall in love. Sarah is a bit naïve and Greg is troubled by his father’s constant criticism of him and his choice to let Sarah move in. In the meantime, the man who shot Greg, his ex-best friend Cade and his soon-to-be ex-wife, Cassandra are still plotting against him in an attempt to get his money.
While Greg, his body guard Simon, and a private eye try to find Cade and prove Cassandra was involved to keep her from getting half of his fortune, Sarah becomes more important and harder to resist.
Lorenz does a great job showing the snarky side of Sarah, but also the loyal and honest woman who only wants to see Greg happy and healthy, even if it is with Cassandra. Sarah and Greg soon realize that their feelings are mutual, but circumstances seem to keep pushing them apart. The contrast between Greg and Sarah, the differences in their lifestyles and what the hope for the future is well played out and had me rooting for them to realize they could be good together.
All in all, I loved the budding romance, the interaction between Greg and Sarah as they try to find themselves after traumatic events and come to terms with their differences. The underlying mystery of Cade and Cassandra plotting to kill Greg and take his money, the truth that comes out about Greg’s parents, and the arranged marriage hanging over Sarah’s head keeps the emotional roller-coaster coming until the very end.
I was very pleased with how it all came together, the healing and ultimate realization that fate and destiny are very real and most always gets its happily ever after.
I highly recommend this wonderful and thrilling love story proving that love can overcome, but the journey might just take all you’ve got if you don’t fight for what you believe in.
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