PRESENTS. . .
by Lorenz Font
Release Date: March 12 , 2015
Genre: FICTION / Romance / Contemporary / Thrillers
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-373-7
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.
Business owner Greg Andrews needs a change of atmosphere, away from his philandering wife and life in general. Leaving New York City to join a hunting expedition in Alaska, Greg’s plans are turned upside down when he is shot on Gwich’in land and ends up on Sarah’s operating table. In the absence of a qualified doctor, Sarah must operate to save his life. She refuses to wait for the consent of their tribal leader, and her father banishes her from the tribal land in punishment.
Grateful for his life, Greg concocts a scheme to help. Plagued by the side effects of her unconventional operation, he convinces Sarah to become his live-in nurse. Without the means to support herself, Sarah agrees to the questionable arrangement, but she soon finds herself in even more trouble. Her new problem is that she is falling in love with this infuriating man, and the choices she now must make are much more difficult than the simple act of saving a man’s life.
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.
For the first time since he had been brought in the clinic, Sarah got a good, long look at him. She noted the perfect blond hair that fell on the side of his face—matted but still perfect. His features were rather forbidding, even in his unconscious state. The defined jawline framed well-proportioned lips that were pale and parted slightly. The suggestion of dimples on either cheek made her ache to see him smile. Then there were the long, dark eyelashes and the contoured nose, all coming together to create a striking, attractive package that kept her eyes glued to his face.
Her heart began to race. What is wrong with me? Shaking off another wave of nausea, Sarah closed her eyes and concentrated on breathing. Her knees weakened underneath her, but she kept on inhaling and exhaling. A few more minutes and it would be over.
In her short life, Sarah hadn’t met a man who evoked the well–documented “butterflies-in-the-stomach” phenomenon. Now here she was, staring at a complete stranger with her heart banging against her chest in a frenzy. This man was just too perfect, too beautiful almost. She was even gladder she’d managed to keep him alive. He’d make a woman happy someday, if he hadn’t already. Instinct made her eyes travel to the man’s ring finger, and her heart skipped when she found it bare.
Sarah Jones comes from a strict and “behind the times” tribe in Beaver, Alaska who happens to be led by her father, Ahila. Sarah wants to get out and live in the “real world” but is bound by loyalty and tradition which includes an arranged marriage. One thing Sarah knows she wants, regardless of the promise of marriage since birth, is her desire to help people and become a doctor.
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.
From the moment Greg and Sarah meet, their destiny seems to have been forever intertwined. Even before she is able to find out if he survived her emergency surgery, he is at the forefront of her thoughts and she his. These two come together, and not in a way I would have ever guessed.
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.
The research that the author did regarding the Gwich’in tribe, their traditions and customs was amazing and though I was appalled at the banishment, I was completely convinced that it is exactly what would have happened, even in this day and age. I love how she posed the conflict of the two sides of both families, including a sense of prejudice not only from Greg’s father, but Sarah’s father due to his “old school” beliefs. The underlying tone was there throughout but never pushy or offensive, but makes you aware how real it still is and how hurtful it can be.
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.
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her vampire novels Hunted, Tormented and Ascension, Books 1-3 of The Gates Legacy Series, Feather Light, an erotic romance and Pieces of Broken Time, a military romance.
Lorenz’s perfect day consists of writing and lounging on her garage couch, aka the office, with a glass of her favorite cabernet while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres, with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.
Lorenz lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between her full-time job and her busy writing schedule.
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Praise for Indivisible Line
“I must admit, I usually just read paranormal books, so it takes a lot from the book for me to actually to like it, so I was happily surprised when I found myself enjoying reading this book. . ” – ArabellaWhitlock