As a doctor Gwen Baker has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly from people. She’s touched many lives and had many touch her own. The Hollister’s though have always made her feel like a part of their family. So when she meets Rhys for the first time, under less than ideal circumstances, she is stunned to realize that this Marine turned cowboy has the power over her to rock her world.
Loss is a part of life; Rhys understands this better than most having served in the Corps for nearly sixteen years. Losing his father is a blow that he wasn’t ready for, if anyone can ever be ready to lose a parent. Having Gwen in his life even on the periphery helps to soothe the ache of the loss, but gaining her love will heal the open wound on his soul.
The annual Fourth of July party on the Hollister Ranch is the perfect opportunity to get to know the mysterious, and closed off Rhys better. Gwen is more than happy to spend time with his family, their friends, and the man that makes her body hum with need with barely a glance. A long ride, and a dip into the properties swimming hole give her even more opportunities to delve deeper into his mind, and his heart. Some wounds take a life time to heal, others never quite get there, but Gwen knows that if she can reach Rhys that maybe, just maybe she can help him to open up enough to let her in. What she doesn’t realize is that she’s done more than that. She’s made the man fall in love with her, and with one last surprise for her, she gets the happy ending she’s been looking for. All it took was Rhys Hollister coming home and into her life.