The Coalition's most decorated battle commander Caze Paladen is running out of time--personally and professionally. A shard of shrapnel embedded close to his spine threatens his life, and the resistance of Ziem's people to Coalition rule threatens his career. Either way, Paladen is on borrowed time, unless he can find a way to win this war.
The legendary Spirit of the Mountain, widow Iolana Davorin--long believed dead--has the power of healing along with the blessing and curse of far-seeing vision. Following her path has saved Ziem so far, but cost her nearly everything, including the love of her children. Now, when she's almost reclaimed her life, she must risk it all again and find a way to turn an honorable man into a traitor.
Caze Paladen holds her world and the lives of her children in his hands. Yet, she sees something in him that gives her hope, for both her home and her heart. If she can find the long buried spark of humanity in him and flame it to life again. If she can stop the rebels from killing him. . . .
About the Author: Author of more than sixty books (she sold her first ten in less than two years), Justine Dare Davis is a four-time winner of the coveted RWA RITA Award, and has been inducted into the RWA Hall of Fame. Her books have appeared on national bestseller lists, including USA Today. She has been featured on CNN and taught at several national and international conferences and at the UCLA writer's program. Find out more at her website and blog.
Joe Kilcoyne is in a desperate place. He guards his secrets and hides from the world for a reason. He's the hottest topic of speculation around Whiskey River, but no one has ever dared to get close to him. That is, until fiery Kelsey comes barging straight into his life.
The last thing Joe needs is for Kelsey to breach his defenses and make him confront his past. But when her sunny, open, and determined personality collide with a haunted man with no idea how to reconnect with the world, the sparks that ignite shock them both.
Hope was forced to run to protect the people she loves, paring her life down to what fits in her backpack. True tempts her to stop running and set down some roots in Whiskey River, a town she's come to love.
Can this strong, honorable man help her retake her life, or will the danger she'd left behind strike out at them both?