I was pretty sceptical that this book would be a good one because the hero is described as "the oldest living male virgin in the state of Illinois", who just happens to live in a treehouse, sounds hot right? I liked that the heroine was an "experienced woman" (haha), but she wasn't over 25 or a widow. It was nice to have a woman take charge in the romantic situations and to have the man be the one being "taught". Also the villian in the book is a likeable one., our heroine hates him, but enjoys..."being with him". So she has to get over the guilt of enjoying sex with a man she hates and learn to trust again. Good thing virgins grow on trees in Illinois! This book was really good, and I like that the author broke away from the usual romance book formula. A very quick read too, you could knock this one out on a single day of jury duty.
Noah LeCroix made an appearance in Landis's Just Once; now the enigmatic recluse gets his own story, set in 1820.
After a near-fatal accident while guiding 200 families down the Ohio River, Noah loses an eye and retreats to the swamps of frontier Illinois. He avoids all human contact until a mysterious girl stumbles into his swamp.
Olivia Bond was kidnapped by river pirates and sold into prostitution. Having escaped she grudgingly accepts Noah's help. As she heals, Olivia comes to feel safe with Noah who, in turn, is intrigued by her and how easily she has slipped into his life.
Olivia doesn't feel worthy of Noah's love and respecting her wishes, agrees to take her home. He leaves her with her family in Illinois, unaware of the danger that awaits her at the hands of an obsessive ex-lover.
Another great book from Landis - I really enjoyed this one. Not your typical romance!