Rescue My Heart
Penguin Group / November 6, 2012 / $7.99 print & digital
After a tragic stint in the National Guards, Adam Connelly returns to Idaho and to Belle Haven, the animal shelter he owns with his brothers. All Adam wants is to be alone. Then he opens the door to the past—the woman whose heart he once broke. Still gorgeous, still tough-as-nails, but this time, unusually vulnerable.
Holly Reid learned the hard way to never depend on a man for anything. Now, of all men, it’s the last one she wants to see, and the only one she needs. Her father has gone missing in the Bitterroot Mountains and she could use someone with tracking skills to help find him.
For Holly and Adam, each with their ghosts, a trek this desperate, this unpredictable, and this intimate, will have its share of risks—including opening their hearts one more time.
In the third story of her Animal Magnetism series, Jill Shalvis tells the story of younger brother Adam. Adam was always the rebellious bad boy of the brothers, always acting up and getting in trouble. This bad-boy image was an instant draw to good girl Holly Reid. But when a night of drag racing leads to a death, even bad boy Adam knows that he needs to make a change to his life or the only future he will have will involve prison time. He also knows that no matter what he feels for Holly, he needs to push her away and make a clean break for both of them. So when Adam leaves for the army, he leaves both Belle Haven and Holly behind.
The judge had ruled the tragedy an accidental death, but had firmly suggested Adam get his act together, and fast.
On a one-track path to hell and already halfway there, Adam had been at a loss on how to do that. Then Donald had suggested the military.
Adam had agreed, and everyone within a two-hundred mile radius had breathed a sigh of relief.
Adam could still remember facing Holly after he’d enlisted, looking into her achingly blue eyes, torn by what he felt for her and what he would become if he stayed.
Out of some sense of obligatory self-flagellation, he’d gone about cutting everything good out of his life before he left. He’d told Holly not to wait for him, that he wouldn’t be coming back. That she needed to move on.
After Holly has her heart broken by Adam, she decides she needs to get away from Idaho as well. She also needs to get away from her often well meaning but controlling father and brother. She moves to NYC for college and falls for her smooth talking professor. He whispers of the love she couldn’t have with Adam. Regrettably, their marriage quickly falls apart once her professor returns to his old habits of young teaching assistants. Finally his whispers of regret and apology fall on deaf ears and Holly takes the initiative of recreating own future.
She’d only ever asked him for one thing. When his circumstances had changed, and he’d gone into the military, she’d asked him not to break up with her. Go if he must, but keep her in his heart.
He’d left without looking back: no letters, no contact, nothing.
He’d moved on, with shocking ease.
So she’d moved on as well, with the opposite of ease, foolishly getting sucked into a bad marriage with a bad-for-her man. Just like her parents’ marriage, it had been a sham, a façade, and one hell of a hard-learned lesson. These days Holly no longer ran with scissors or lead with her heart.
Now both Adam and Holly have returned to Sunshine, Idaho, both very proud and stubborn people. Holly is trying to hide her disastrous marriage and her recent divorce and is now running her father’s ranch. Adam is trying to hide his post-traumatic stress disorder and recreate a life doing search and rescue in the foothills of the Idaho mountains. When Holly’s father goes missing, she needs help from the one man who turned his back on her and broke her heart.
The decisions they made in their youth did not bring them the happiness they were looking for, so when fate brings Holly and Adam back together, will they use their mature wisdom to make up for the past or will they forever let their rocky pasts dictate their future?
Coming up on H&H: Look for an excerpt from Rescue My Heart!
Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog http://ebookobsessed.com. Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.