I’ve lived in this same small town all my life. But I have dreams. I want to move to the city and be a princess, pampered by some romantic prince. I ache so deeply to get out of this town that I can taste freedom on my lips. And if I’m going to escape, I don’t want any entanglements. So, this thing with Bryce Winters? It’s just friends with benefits. A convenience.
But that convenience turns into something else when Wilder Pyre comes to town, turning everything on its ear when he purchases the Winters Sawmill and Paper Company, the biggest employer in town. My employer. Why would this man, a self-made billionaire, want a sawmill in a small town? And how, for crying out loud, could he be a friend of Bryce’s? Bryce, whose great-great grandfather founded the mill generations ago? It’s a mystery I’m in the perfect position to unravel. But will it be my heart that unravel instead?
Part Two: Clan Wars
Cash Metcalf met the love of his life in high school, but social hierarchies being what they are at that tender age made it impossible for him to act on his feelings. A few years later, the timing was off again as he was headed off to the military and she was going off to college. They did, however, share one night together and he thought they were finally on the same page. But when she failed to send him letters at bootcamp, he imagined he was wrong, that she didn’t feel the same about him.
Harper Root was a nerd in high school, the kind of girl boys only paid attention to when they needed help on their homework. She thought Cash was one exception, but when he romanced her and then disappeared, not answering her letters, she realized he was just like the others, just more callus about it. So, Harper accepted that she would have to raise her baby boy alone without the father Cash should have been.
Five years after he left home, Cash comes back a hero. He served proudly in the Marines and then began his own security firm after inheriting a huge windfall from a fellow soldier. The moment he steps off the plane, Cash’s only thoughts are of Harper, but when he hears she has a kid, he knows his dreams of rekindling their romance are dead before they began. But the danger that brought him home, bears from another clan, forces Harper and Cash back together as they battle a mutual enemy.
Part Three: True Intentions
Wilder Pyre came to Winters Cove to give back to the community his mother came from. He told everyone that he’d bought the mill to make their lives better, but this tight knit community struggled to believe this stranger. But it wasn’t the community Wilder really had to convince, it was Staci Asola, a beautiful employee of the mill who’d made it her mission to prove Wilder had dark intentions. How could he convince her that his intentions were pure without exposing her to the dark underworld that was a much bigger part of this than he wanted to admit?
Staci Asola couldn’t believe Wilder’s intentions were pure because she knew where he came from. Wilder Pyre came from the same rival clan of bears that had come to Winters Cove and attacked her friends, leaving one with a bullet wound in her abdomen. She knew because she was part of that same clan. It was a fact that Wilder’s biological father had murdered Staci’s parents, and it was also a fact that the same man wanted to destroy Winters Cove. But where did Wilder’s loyalties really lie? Had he bought the mill to appease his psychotic father, or was he honest in his insistence that all he wanted was to give back?