Navarrone Santee is the small town Chief of Police. Dr. Erin Hayes was the woman returning to town to work with her grandfather. Navarrone is instantly attracted, but is intrigued by the obvious shadows the lovely doctor carries with her from a painful past. When he discovers her secret, he is nothing but gentle and patient in his attempts to forge a relationship. In this book, Navarrone is a wonderful strong hero who wants nothing more to protect this woman he's fallen for. But at the same time as she is suffering, Erin projects a very strong women image, and you really feel for her. I found this book very satisfying and found myself wishing I could find a Navarrone of my very own! I highly recommend it to everyone!