At twenty-five, after five years as her mother's caregiver, it's time for Shelby to experience freedom and adventure. Time for travel, college and romance. But when she visits Virgin River, she runs into Luke Riordan, decidedly "not" whom she has in mind.
A handsome Blackhawk pilot, Luke exited the army after twenty years, four wars and having been shot out of the sky three times. At thirty-eight he's tough and jaded. His major was in one-night stands, with a minor in commitment avoidance.
Technically, these two are all wrong for one another. But sometimes what you want and what you need are two different things...two very "good" things.
You are introduced to Shelby a little in prior books, she is Vanessa's Cousin who was taking care of her ailing mother. Shelby's mother passes and she finally gets to live her life. She goes to Virgin River to stay with her Uncle at his ranch till she decided what to do. Even before she arrives she meets her fate in the form of Luke, however neither know it yet! Luke is a lot older then Shelby and doesn't want to ruin her life like his was when he was her age of 25. Luke has a lot of baggage and Shelby is totally free of it. They are interesting together and Luke is the typical Military man, hard shell but a softy inside. He finds Art, a 30 year old with Downs Syndrome, squatting in one of his cabins and he helps him out. And that is just one example of his soft heart! Their romance is hot and sweet! You learn a lot of other members of the town especially Walk and Muriel, and the town drunk Cheryl. Great read and I just love learning about all the town members and seeing them all live their lives and fix their own problems!