Roots in the past, challenge the present...
Althought the ISBN says hardcover it is actually a paperback. This was a great story with amazing highs and lows. I appreciated the storyline and the character interactions.
From Publishers Weekly
Cassie Wortham, the heroine of Baxter's (Slow Talkin' Texan) latest romantic suspense novel, spends her 18th birthday on her family's Louisiana estate, seducing her father's best friend, the tall, dark and twice-her-age Austin McGuire. Their brief tryst results in pregnancy, and Cassie marries her sinister high school sweetheart, Lester, to legitimize the baby. Nine years later, after a divorceALester is safely in jail on a weapons chargeAshe brings her son home to make peace with her family. Instead of a serene reunion, she finds her mother dying, the family business in trouble and Austin McGuire very much part of her life. When Lester is unexpectedly paroled and abducts her son, Austin comes to the rescue. Before the story ends, Cassie and her lover finally confront the secrets of their past and their undiminished passion. Despite dramatic encounters, neither Cassie nor Austin emerge as consistent characters. The action is fast paced, and the Louisiana settings seductively steamy, but implausible plotting and awkward prose ("their wet, devouring mouths turned to hot adhesiveAsticking together") diminish the story's spell.
The night of her 18th birthday, a young woman, daughter of a minister, makes a life-changing decision. When she finds out she is pregnant as a result, she marries the first guy handy, one who turns out to be a gun-toting white supremecist nutcase. The nut case keeps her as a prisoner, but she finally escapes and returns home. There is actually quite a lot of story contained in these two audiotapes, despite the abridgement, and you will be kept entertained.
One summer evening, a reckless act of love changed her life forever...
Now nine years later, Cassie Wortham has returned to Louisiana, to the lush home of her parents, to the roots left behind in the wake of desperate acts. She's been living a nightmare since she left. Now she feels safe enough to come home.
But is she safe from Austin McQuire? The man she brazenly seduced. The man who gave her a son he doesn't know exists. He's still as sexy and disturbing as ever...and still as forbidden.
The danger arrives in Louisiana--a violent man determined to have Cassie and her son for his own. Terrified and alone with her secrets, now Cassie must risk everything to protect her son by turning to the only man who can save--or damn--them both. The man who first gave her love...one summer evening.