Dare Barron and Liza McKnight’s lives have crossed on several occasions. Dare was at one time a friend of Liza's brother Brian and ran with the same group of guys. All of that changed when tragedy hit and affected each boy and impacting their lives forever. Dare carried his guilt front and center with a tattoo making it impossible for him to ever forget his involvement or rather inaction that resulted in the accidental death of one of their friends. Liza's brother Brian handled it in quite a different, personally and emotionally destructive way. And the fact that Liza spent so much of her time cleaning up Brian's messes including getting out of jail free passes really ate at cop Dare who saw it as her enabling her brother. Dare finds it increasingly difficult to ignore Liza during her frequent visits to the precinct. She was stunning and smart and loyal, all traits that rated quite high in his book. But the problem was Dare’s absolute hatred of Brian which was going to present an impenetrable barrier between any possible relationship for Dare and Lisa.
Their mutual attraction was obvious to everyone but them. And Dare was determined to keep his distance knowing that his reaction to Brian could only result in a confrontation that would open a can of worms and revisit the events of the past. A lose lose situation in Dares mind. He pretty much kept the events of that fateful evening carefully hidden in his conscience and was unwilling to breach that carefully constructed wall.
What he didn't count on was Liza getting under his skin and somehow also finding a place in his carefully protected heart. He judged his own self-worth by his past actions not his present life as a well-respected policeman. Learning to forgive himself would be the first step towards forgiving Brian which was imperative if there was to be any future for Liza and him.
When Brian's dealings begin to endanger Liza it is all Dare can do not to force a confrontation between the Brian and himself. But he knows that could make Liza have to choose sides and he wasn't confident that he would be the last man standing. Somehow he had to face his demons and help Liza convince her brother to face his own. Only then could they have a future together.
This is the last book on the Barron brothers. We have been eagerly awaiting Dare’s story since the first two endeared him to the reader and at the same time left us with so many questions about how he would finally find peace as his brothers had done. As usual Phillips leaves us with a desire to follow the supporting characters stories and eagerly hope for additional books about them. Strong and yet tender men are the hallmark of Phillips books and with this series she has once again hit home with stories that make you root for a happy, albeit at times not perfect ending.
Welcome back to the town of Serendipity and the third Barron brothers novel. I'm thrilled at the response I've received so far to the small town and its beloved characters!
Police Officer Dare Barron has had a crush on Liza McKnight ever since he was a teenager. But despite his lifelong attraction, the closest he's ever come to interacting with her is watching Liza regularly bail out her brother at the station.
Dare's dark past with Liza's brother, Brian, has always kept him from pursuing her. But suddenly Liza finds herself in need of protection and Dare appoints himself as the man for the job. And while the sizzling attraction between Dare and Liza draws them together, the past that Dare and Brian share threatens to keep the two apart forever.