This was a very short read. I first read about these characters four years ago and found this novella about six months ago. I’ve wanted to read it for awhile but my TBR list is very long and I’m about a year behind on some things. Jack and Caroline’s story was just precious. They grew up in the same town. She was the rich, popular girl and Jack was raised by an abusive, drunken father. Caroline showed Jack several acts of kindness, which cemented his adoration of her.
After his stint in the military, he inherits a great deal of money from his adoptive father. He then returns home to thank Caroline. He finds her still single and from there they fall in love. This story starts a year later, after they’ve married. Jack is always concerned with Caroline’s safety, almost to the point of obsession. He tries to train her in self-defense and to always be aware of her surroundings. She doesn’t really take it too seriously.
Caroline owns a bookstore and reads to the kids from the shelter there on special occasions. On one such occasion a step-parent of one the children comes in high on drugs and a hostage situation happens. The story is your to read for the wrap-up but if you’ve never read Lisa Marie Rice, you’re missing out. I love her books. She’s writing a military-paranormal romance series now.