Since her divorce, Willa Hayes has thrown herself into her work as a nurse practitioner in the remote town of Stony Creek, Alaska. She's regained her self-confidence and her heart is almost healed. Then her newfound peace is shaken by the arrival of sexy flyboy Liam Reynolds. Willa can't deny she's instantly, intensely attracted to him—even if she's convinced he's yet another Mr. Wrong.
Liam has his own reasons for fleeing to the isolation of the north, and a relationship is the last thing he wants. He wasn't counting on being drawn to the pretty nurse who accompanies patients on his flights to southern hospitals.
Fortunately, the temptation—and the desire to avoid anything serious—is mutual. So the pair comes up with an arrangement: sensual, steamy, no-strings fun. But when things heat up on a cold Alaskan night, the rules of the game may change forever...
Willa is a nurse practitioner working in a small town in Alaska. She has lived and worked in the town since she escaped her abusive husband and has tried to heal the emotional wounds that he inflicted. Even after many years she’s not anxious to begin any sort of relationship with any man. Liam, who is a new pilot in the area, is more than interested in Willa. While Willa is scared of Liam at first – and more than leery of him the two become friends.
Liam proposes that he and Willa just have fun. Just kissing – no touching below the waist – or in the front. While Willa is still skittish she is so entranced by Liam’s kisses that she agrees. But Willa has more than a few issues to work out and Liam also has some healing to do after he was burned by a woman himself.
In this story Liam is the new kid on the block but he quickly insinuates himself into the townspeople’s hearts and is a constant fixture in Willa’s clinic. When Willa comes clean about what her ex-husband did to her Liam is angry but it makes him realize that he needs to walk softly around Willa. I loved that he got that. He may not have known exactly what he wanted when it came to a relationship (the fact that he thought he didn’t want one) but he was so kind and gentle with Willa when he needed to be – he was very attuned to her and her needs.
Willa had every right to be wary of Liam at first and I liked that the author didn’t have Willa jumping into a relationship with Liam on day one. Later in the story when there’s some angst between Willa and Liam I did think that Willa needed to trust in Liam and communicate to him her feelings about the angsty subject (trying to avoid spoilers here!) without coming to the conclusion that the best way to deal with things was to push Liam away. I didn’t like the defeatist attitude she got and it really bothered me after the two had been so honest with each other.
Another part of the story – but something that played a very small part was Liam’s relationship with his father. I almost thought that it could have been left out and the story would have gone along just fine. Liam had mentioned family troubles but we never truly delved into what those troubles were – we just got a taste of it. It was more of a telling of a contentious relationship but not showing us why.
In the end I really liked the book. Liam was definitely my favorite character even though I never got all of his background. It was a fun book even though it had some angst – just my kind of read.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5