Phoenix Addler wants one thing: to live on his little patch of land and be left alone. He hasn’t been into the town of Forbidden Lake in years, and that’s just the way he likes it. After all, there’s grocery delivery even to the woods, and he doesn’t need everyone staring at him the way they did when his fiancée left him standing at the altar on their wedding day.
If only Allegra Wright would stop filing injunctions with the Division of Natural Resources to try to take his land. He lives in a remote corner of his family’s cherry orchard, which goes right up against the State Park, and she’s got it in her pretty little head that he needs to go.
Allegra has never gotten along with Phoenix, though he’s tall, broad-shouldered, and gorgeous. When her ex-boyfriend chases her through his neck of the woods one night, she ends up at Phoenix’s house, in desperate need of help.
He takes her in, the flame between them as hot as ever. But it’s different now. He’s…nice. Kind. Hard-working. And did she mention gorgeous? The longer she stays in his remote cabin by the creek, the less she wants to leave.
Phoenix can’t believe it, but he’ll do anything for Allegra. Anything. But will he have to endure another broken heart? Can Allegra find a way to take their relationship out of the shadows without putting them both at risk?