Reeling from a traumatic and heart-shattering loss, Scarlett Rossi escapes back to her hometown, a place that never changes, though nothing about her is the same. The new Scar is fierce. Untouchable. Resolved to bury the twisted nightmares of that horrible night… the night when everything was stolen from her… the night that divided her life into two: before him, and after. When do-gooder Vance Holloway makes it his personal mission to cheer up the new girl at work, he has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Scarlett’s tough shell doesn’t fool him. He knows deep down, that sweet, innocent smile still exists, and he’ll stop at nothing to prove it. Patience, persistence, and a little ice cream pay off. Slowly they become friends. Then best friends. Then more. Only one problem: he was never supposed to fall in love. So begins an explosive tryst of pull and resistance between one worthy white knight, and the damsel who doesn’t want to be saved. Scarlett won’t survive another heartbreak. Can their friendship survive a compromise? If Vance is so determined to break down these walls, he’ll have to learn-just as she did-when it comes to things like trust and love, there are always consequences. Because the last man that she loved swore to protect her, then paid with his life. And took with him a piece of her soul. Now Scarlett must decide if true strength means guarding her heart, or surrendering to it once more. One final secret remains: what really happened the night she swore she’d never love another man, and whose hands are stained with his blood? A powerful journey of love, loss, and redemption. This is a standalone and full-length novel.