Battered and bruised, Wren has taken a lot from her father over the years, but when he throws her out of the house, she sees it as a blessing in disguise. She has no job, no home, and never finished high school, but what’s all that compared to a life without abuse? When she starts over in a new town, under a new identity, she makes it her goal to fly under the radar.
New town, new life. Only, there’s a corrupt deputy intent on stealing Deputy Gray Frampton’s family fortune, a slight case of aggravated identity fraud, and a night in the local jail. It’s enough to make any girl’s head spin. Wren Michaels has to find a way not to spend the next three years in jail, warn Gray that Deputy Pritchard is after him, and somehow hold onto the happily-ever-after that is finally within her grasp—assuming Gray wants a felon as his girlfriend. Who knew falling for a man in khaki could cause so much trouble?
There are so many teens out there who are abused every day. I wanted to give them a voice and let them be heard, and most importantly, I wanted to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how horrible life may be, there is always hope for a better tomorrow. When you give up hope, that’s when you’re truly defeated. I’m not advocating anyone run away or take the law into their hands. Many teens won’t be free of the abuse until they turn eighteen and can legally go out on their own. Some will be brave enough to try, while others will stick with the life they know. Some face the choice of living with the abuse at home or taking a chance on a system that has long been broken, and could possibly be just as fatal. It’s heartbreaking.
Wren is nineteen and never finished high school. Her father abuses her and her mother, and she’s never seen a way out. When he throws her out of the house, it’s a blessing in disguise. She has no idea how she’ll survive, but she still looks to the future with promise and hope, thinking anything has to be better than what she’s suffered the past nineteen years.
She’s strong. Tough. And determined. Wren doesn’t wallow in self-pity. She puts her big girl pants on and gets out there to find a job and a place to live. She has some help from her mother, who feels guilty over staying with an abusive man all these years, but what she comes to realize is that her mother is just as trapped as she was. The road Wren has to travel isn’t an easy one, but she manages to survive and carve out a life for herself. A life of her choosing.
For Deputy Gray Frampton, life has always been black and white. Other than losing his parents, his life has been pretty perfect. Raised by his grandfather, he’s a strong young man, who even at the age of twenty knows precisely what he wants out of life. He loves his job, believes in law, order, and justice. It’s just love that eludes him.
With a grandfather who used to be sheriff, it wasn’t that difficult for Gray to get a job at the local Sheriff’s Department. But Gray doesn’t believe in being handed anything in life, that you must earn your way to the top. He’d like to be sheriff one day, but he wants to get there because of who he is and now because of who he’s related to.
When he meets Wren, he’s dazzled by her beauty and intrigued by her reluctance to talk to him. The fact she keeps pulling away just makes him want to chase her faster. She’s a puzzle he wants to solve, but he might not like what he discovers along the way.