Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around her. She particularly enjoys her outings to the cavern near her father's homestead, where she explores for fossils and formations, and plans to write a book about her discoveries. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to find her way out.
Rafe Kincaid has spent years keeping his family's cattle ranch going, all without help from his two younger brothers, who fled the ranch--and Rafe's controlling ways--as soon as they were able. He's haunted by one terrible day at the cave on a far-flung corner of the Kincaid property, a day that changed his life forever. Ready to put the past behind him, he plans to visit the cave one final time. He sure doesn't expect to find a young woman trapped in one of the tunnels--or to be forced to kiss her!
Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known, but how can he overlook her fascination with the cave he despises? And when his developing relationship with Julia threatens his chance at reconciliation with his brothers, will he be forced to choose between the family bonds that could restore his trust and the love that could heal his heart?
I have loved all books I have read by Mary and this is no different. Here we have a strong heroine in Julia which we are use to seeing from Mary. Julia has spend alot of time alone due to her father's work and has learnt to entertain herself. She became fascinated with caves and fossils. Rafe is the oldest of 3 brothers and feels responsible for an accident that happened in a cave many years ago. This leads to some interesting conversations. The secondary characters in this book are really good and at times try to steal the show. I really enjoy the book partly cos we have caves with fossils here where I live. It was interesting seeing how Julia and Rafe with totally different views of caves interact. I cant wait for the next book to see what will happen next. If you have enjoyed Mary's other books I am sure you will also enjoy this one.