Ten years ago Joe Lakota had left behind his small Oregon town and the only woman he's every truly loved for the empty promises of the big cite. Now he's returned, seeking to raise his young son with values you can only find at home, and longing to rekindle the passion he'd once had with beautiful Marilee Nelson. But Marilee isn't anything like the gentle yet self-assured girl he'd left behind. In her place is a woman tormented by a secret she refuses to share, even with Joe.
Not really CA's best. Pretty much written to formula so that you could predict all the plot directions. Marilee was pretty much a two-dimensional woman who did not have the backbone to confront her troubles and deal with them.
From the Cover; Ten years ago Joe Lakota had left behind his small Oregon town and the only woman he'd ever truely loved for the empty promises of the big city. Now he's returned seeking to raise his young son with vaules you can only find at home, and longing to rekindle the passion he'd once had with beutiful Marilee Nelson. But Marilee isn't anything like the gentle yet self-assured firl he'd left behind. In her place is a woman tormented by a secret she refuses to shaare even with Joe. Marilee never wanted to see joe again" their parting had been too painful And though his strong arms and powerful boyd could protect her, she knew only too well the harm they could also bring. Her head tells her to resist Joe's persistent advances, her heart is telling her something very different. And then he makes her the sweetest proposition of all: become his wife and mother of his child. But how can she agree to a marraige, even in name only when she can't even stand to tell him the truth.
After a long custody battle with his ex-wife, former NFL Quarterback Joe Lakota just wants to take his four-year-old son, Zachary, to his hometown for some peace. Ten years ago Joe left home when the love of his life, Marilee Nelson, broke his heart. He plans on keeping his distance from her until he learns that people believe he is the one who broke off the relationship.
When Marilee heard Joe was back in town, she knew she had to prepare herself to see him. But she still isn't ready when he comes asking why she let people believe he left her. Joe also wants to know why she left college so abruptly. Marilee still loves him, but she isn't talking. She has carried a secret for the last ten years and isn't about to share it.
I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't work for me. Marilee drove me crazy telling Joe she couldn't see him, couldn't have a relationship with him, couldn't tell him her secret...then she would eventually do it ten pages later. Joe was a saint putting up with her problems and trying to get her to go to a therapist. He also had a son in therapy at the same time. I liked his relationship with his Zachary better than his relationship with Marilee. The story dragged on as a contemporary romance until the last 100 pages. At that point there was a mystery to solve. My rating: 2.5 Stars.
Characters Joe his son Zachery and Joe's long time love Miralee. Joe comes back after 10 yrs to find Miralee who is a wreck. They decide to marry so he could keep his son Zachery. Joe finds out that Miralee was raped by some guys who wanted to make Joe mad. After Joe goes after the guy. The guy winds up dead and Joe is accused of killing him. Miralee does everuthing in her power to prove him innocent