Two years ago Zane Westmorelands's perfect relationship with Channing, ended when he made it clear that they would never progress beyond lovers. Wanting a happily ever after, Channing stunned Zane by ending their affair and leaving town. Now she's back and wearing an engagement ring for another man, and Zane finds that despite protesting his lack of interest in being in love, that he is displaying all the signs of a man who wants to claim his woman. Why? When he has nothing more to offer her than he did before.
Like me, Channing is an all or nothing kind of woman. She loved Zane Westmoreland, but he broke her heart when he baldly told her that only did he not love her, but he had no intention of marrying her. Channing cut her losses and left town. Two years later she returns, but not to Zane, purely for work related reasons.
I love that Channing is not a weak willed woman who puts up and shuts up, because she's in love. Thought Zane never verbally declared his love, Channing thought it was evident in the caring and considerate way he treated her; not to mention the fire in his touch and his kiss. To find out that their perfect relationship was never going to progress to the altar was heart-wrenching.
Channing tried to get on with her life and over Zane, but as soon as she comes back to town and is spotted by one of Zane's many relatives, he won't do the done thing and politely avoid her.
Brenda Jackson's writing stands out because of the warmth of her characters and the wonderful way her novels demonstrate the passion and depth of true love. Ms. Jackson shows that her literary creations are as real to her as they are to her readers and fans. This is one of the reasons I love her romances and will automatically pick up anything with her name on it.