Finally, a Diana Palmer book that deals with an issue I, as a reader, can understand. Here, Allison Hathoway and Gene Nelson both have emotional issues that need to be overcome. The antagonists are believable, a scorned young woman after Gene and a man who wants her while willing to do what it takes to get her. What made Allison and Gene so believable is that this story didn't have them jumping in bed the first chance they got, the relationship grew over time and while frustrating that they kept secrets (neither of which were that catastrophic) the attraction helped both heal and seemed plausible that it would happen as it did. There were no sideline oopsey lapses, no pity sex, nothing that would raise an eyebrow of skepticism. And Gene, when it was step up to the plate time, kicked butt. I found him, even at his grumpiest, one of the most endearing characters because he seemed 'down to earth', no deep ego, no attitude, just a lonely man with issues. Allison was a young woman, innocent yet wanting to get outside her bubble to experience life. Again, realistic situations, realistic resolution and a must read for those who like hunky cowboy books.