Once upon a time, Rose Laurence told herself that happiness was only a smile away. Her ruby red grin has kept her heart safe until a devastating phone call tears that mask away. Now she feels cheated, never having the chance to know her father. But for the first time in twenty-one years, Rose is ready to step out of her daydreams and face the past her mother ran away from. Her welcome into a new town is less than pleasant, particularly from her father's widow, but that won't stop this dreamer. The road to self-discovery may be filled with many thorns, but Rose is determined to stay for the summer, especially when a certain gorgeous country boy awakens her every desire.
Austen Phillips was raised to be a perfect gentleman. Or at least he tries to be. Hardworking, honest, and fiercely loyal, Austen keeps his promises, at least to the one man who was there for him when he needed it most. But when a gorgeous newcomer arrives in town, Austen falls hard and fast. Her sweet trusting nature mixed with wild passion has him sizzling hotter than the summer sun, and Austen begins to realize that there are some promises he might not want to keep.
However, there is more than Austen's integrity at stake when lies and betrayals shake the sleepy town awake, and Rose is forced to face the truth of her father's past.
---This is Book 2 of the Ever After Series. The plot completely stands alone, however, it does give away a few spoilers for Book 1, Tame the Beast---