Hallie Cavanaugh’s late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can’t dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father’s manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise—and not sleep with her old flame?
Former Army Ranger Jim just wants to do his job, raise his daughter…and resist the gorgeous, redheaded reminder of his bad-boy past. Their one unforgettably hot night together had major consequences, and now there’s a fortune and a family legacy at stake. But when Hallie is threatened amid a storm of uncovered secrets and conflicted loyalties, protecting her becomes more than a duty: it’s a deeply personal fight Jim’s heart won’t let him lose.
4.5 stars - One of the Best
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Ms. James does it again!
We return to the college town of Paradise, ID - this time to check in with Deputy Sheriff Jim Lawson and Hallie, the high school crush who changed his life before they went their separate ways. Hallie has avoided town, and her father, for the last five years. When his death brings her back to town, it's the beginning of a suspenseful and sexily heart warming story.
Jim is a typical Rosalind James hero. He's a retired Army ranger, widower, and single Dad with a truck load of baggage, but he's also smart, sensitive, and just the right amount of Alpha. Hallie is a heroine who is stronger than she thinks she is - and I loved watching her figure that out.
Secrets, hidden agendas, father's who try to control from beyond the grave, and a romantic connection that can't be fought all weave together to create a story that is hard to put down. I found myself rooting for Hallie and Jim to figure out a way to be together. I also found myself trying to figure out the puzzle of who was behind Hallie's troubles and everytime I would think I started to figure it out, there would be another twist and surprise.
Well written and captivating, Take Me Back is another fantastic installment in the Paradise, ID series and another winner for Ms. James.
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