When Joely Hudson returns home to Leroy, Indiana, after living abroad, she’s reluctant to open her heart. After all, she’s been hurt in the past and badly. But then she meets Garrett Gordon and his daughter Emma, and she’s tempted to let down her walls. However, despite how much she wants to let Garrett in, she keeps pushing him away. As if her insecurities weren’t bad enough, she’s picked up an obsessive, murderous stalker who’s determined to make her his own.
When Garrett moved from Kentucky to take a job with the Olman County Sheriff’s Department, he never expected to stumble across someone like Joely. He knows he can’t have a casual fling with her, but he isn’t sure he’s ready for anything else. After all, it isn’t just his heart that could get broken if things don’t work out–his daughter’s could, as well. But as much as he tries to keep his feelings for Joely casual, he’s drawn to her, mind, body, and soul. Just as he comes to terms with his feelings, Joely’s stalker up’s the ante by staking his claim, and Garrett may end up losing her forever.