Four years ago, Krystal Collier caved to her fears and chose to leave behind her first love in order to secure her future. Now, she has returned to the small town of Pinecone Valley to begin a new job. Unfortunately, she finds she’s required to work with the one man she thought she could forget. She fights the urge to be near Josh knowing he’s found someone new, but it’s a losing battle.
Only one woman has ever owned Josh Vansant's heart, and it’s not his supposed new girlfriend. Krystal’s constant presence torments him with what he can’t have. He searches for a way to convince her to leave Pinecone before she discovers his girlfriend is only a ruse to keep him from bleeding from the heart.
If Krystal can’t look beyond her fears, realign her priorities, and see Josh for the man he has become, she’ll lose the greatest love of her life.
Kaitlin Collier has worked hard to refine her wild side, and has invested her heart and soul into teaching troubled students to do the same. When an unknown culprit detonates a pipe bomb inside her classroom, the small town where she lives explodes into chaos. Everyone points the finger at one of her students. She can’t believe he’s guilty and risks her reputation to back him.
Firefighter Levi Turpin would like to save the town and protect the beautiful teacher who’s captured his attention. But he’s been warned to remain detached until the perpetrator is caught to avoid tainting the investigation. Unfortunately, he has to see Kaitlin to do his job, and fighting his ever-growing feelings is a battle he can’t win.
If Levi can find the answers, he might have a chance with Kaitlin. Problem is, all evidence in the case points to a delinquent kid from her class. If Levi proves the kid is guilty, he’ll break her heart and crush any chance of a future together.