Elissa Towers is a single mom who just wants a quiet life and to take care of her daughter Zoe. Walker Buchanan has spent 15 years in the Marines and is now home. Not sure what he wants to do with his life. The one thing he does know is that he needs to find his buddy Ben's girl Ashley to give her a letter he wrote after Ben lost his life. Neither Elissa or Walker want a relationship and do their best to avoid one. But somehow they become involved in each other's life. Walker takes over the family business when his grandmother has a heart attack and breaks her hip. He is not happy about it, but makes changes for the better. He also vows to keep Elissa and Zoe safe from Zoe's drug addict father.
The second book in Ms. Mallery's Buchanan series. This one deals with survival and what each of the main characters did to survive. Elissa is reunited with her family after having run away when she was 17. There are issues that each side has to deal with. Walker is trying to fit into civilian life again and feeling his way. They come together with passion first that grows through the book. This one pulls at your heartstrings. Can't help feeling sorrow for both Elissa and Walker in what they have gone through. The book just flows from beginning to end and there are no slow spots. A good contemporary romance.