A story of redemption with a twist. It’s been years since the Long Acre high school shooting. And where some have found ways to heal, two people live their lives seemingly stuck in the past. Taryn, having lost her sister, decided to dedicate her life to preventing another shooting happen. Her belief is that if they can help students who could become violent, they can prevent future tragedies. Opposite Taryn’s hopeful future is Shaw Miller, or as Long Acre knows him the brother of the shooter. Subject to his brother’s violent crime. Shaw changes his identity to escape the press and the watchful eyes of those who would judge him based on his brother’s actions. A hero and heroine both stuck with the future lives revolving around a tragedy that changed them forever.
Fate is fickle when it brings Taryn and Shaw together. A night of realization of her stagnant state, Taryn takes a chance and sings her heart out in a dive bar. Shaw is instantly attracted and drawn to her. As their friendship grows and sparks, Shaw fears his lies (living as someone else) will come between them. But there’s another twist when its revealed shes a Long Acre survivor and it changes everything. Not only does he fear he’s taken advantage of her, he knows there’s no hope of a future between the two of them. But as Taryn begins to see Shaw’s true nature, she know she’s a good man and the he’s nothing like his brother.
This romance is all about perceptions. Both Taryn and Shaw each fear they had something to do with the shooting (wonder if they could’ve prevented it). Both also feel a sense of responsibility in righting what was wronged. Not only that but Shaw sees himself as just as low as his brother when Taryn sees his true nature as a kind and giving man. Every boundary is pushed personally for our hero and heroine; and when their secret romance is out, its truly tested. Can their friends and family accept the truth? Can they overcome all the odds and show their hometown how they can recover from a tragedy to find love and happiness? A powerful romance and message about acceptance!
How hard would you fight for the one you love?
Taryn Landry was there that awful night fourteen years ago when Long Acre changed from the name of a town to the title of a national tragedy. Everyone knows she lost her younger sister. No one knows it was her fault. Since then, psychology professor Taryn has dedicated her life’s work to preventing something like that from ever happening again. Falling in love was never part of the plan…
Shaw Miller has spent more than a decade dealing with the fallout of his brother’s horrific actions. After losing everything—his chance at Olympic gold, his family, almost his sanity—he’s changed his name, his look, and he’s finally starting a new life. As long as he keeps a low profile and his identity secret, everything will be okay, right?
When the world and everyone you know defines you by one catastrophic tragedy…
How do you find your happy ending?
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Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. She holds a master’s degree in social work and spent years as a mental health counselor, but now she writes full time from her cozy office in Dallas, Texas where she puts her characters on the therapy couch instead. She is a two-time RITA Award winner and a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.