My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Love comes gentle. Two broken souls are thrown together not knowing that the other would be what restored their faith in love again.
Luke and Cassie’s story was very different from the other books in the series. One hadn’t had sex since his wife did 8 years ago and the other was scared to death of men after being brutally raped by a man she trusted 5 years ago. One of Luke’s passions was rescuing abused horses and working with them to get them to trust humans again then to train them to be Search and Rescue horses. He realizes right away that Cassie has had something traumatic happen in her past and decides he is going to be the man that helps her work through her issues all while also falling in love with her. Cassie has her mind set that no one can help her and she will never let another man touch her ever again. But the sweet and gentle man who also has nightmares of his own slowly get under her skin and the two form a bond of friendship that then blossoms into intimacy before finally reaching love after they help each other heal.
Along with the long healing process Cassie and Luke go through we also get the story of Adam and Carla finally giving birth. Lots of surprises happen, some good and some bad but the love these two have for each other is still strong and gets them through the rough times. All of the characters from the previous books are back as some of the stories overlap with each other. Even with the horrific thing that happened to Cassie it was a nice change to see this author change the pace and have a slower moving non BDSM couple show us that intimacy can be just as fulfilling as sex.