Five years ago, Josie Fairmore left timber country in search of a bright future. Now she’s back home with a mountain of debt and reeling from a loss that haunts her. Desperate for a job, she turns to the one man she wishes she could avoid. The man who rocked her world one wild night and then walked right out of it.
Former Marine Noah Tager is managing his dad’s bar and holding tight to the feeling that his time overseas led to failure. The members of his small town think he’s a war hero, but after everything he’s witnessed, Noah doesn’t want a pat on the back. The only thing he desires is a second chance with his best friend’s little sister.
Josie’s determined to hold on to her heart and not repeat her mistakes, but when danger arrives on Noah’s doorstep and takes aim at Josie, they just might discover that sometimes love is worth the risk.
Former Marine Noah Tager
Bartender and manager of the family business, Big Buck’s (Formerly Country) Bar.
Blue eyes, blond hair with look-at-me biceps that suggest he’s been lifting more than pint glasses at his dad’s bar.
Shooting, but only at paper targets. Down and dirty rides on the old mechanical bull in the barn. And Josie—his best friend’s little sister.
Situations beyond his control. His former commanding officer. His memories from his time with the marines. Josie in trouble.
Single. For now.
Typical Friday Night:
Serving drinks to the locals, mostly students from the nearby university and a few lumberjacks.
I’m To Blame by Kip Moore
Choice of Transportation:
Best Memory to Date:
Josie Fairmore riding the mechanical bull the night before he left for basic training.
Words to live by:
“She should be off-limits, but the part of him that had come back from serving his country broken and
jaded just didn’t care.”