Nora Bennett doesn’t need a man.
Well, she does on occasion, but casual sex is the only acceptable option. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Right? Relationships are overrated, and her life is lovely as it is.
Nora is confident in all of this (or so she says)—except perhaps when it comes to the sexy stack of Aussie that is her ex-fling Declan “Doc” Wellesley. For some reason, he’s the one she can’t quite shake loose. And when her emotions go unexpectedly haywire after her best friend becomes a mother, her lingering connection with Doc becomes even harder to ignore.
As it happens, Doc has a thorn in his paw when it comes to Nora. She’s the one that got away—and he still can’t properly get a reason why. The sex was hot, their chemistry off the charts, and he’s convinced there were—and are—sparks of something truly real.
But even as Doc convinces a skittish Nora to give dating him another try, she confounds and confuses him—and if she’ll admit it, herself as well—every step of the way. One minute it seems clear that casual is not even close to enough for what they have, but in the next minute, Nora withdraws, angry and upset.
Eventually, she pushes too far. But as Nora tries to shove Doc away once and for all, she tips her hand, revealing a dark secret that haunts every aspect of her life.
Will she finally sort through her feelings and her past to live the life she wants, or will she once again pack everything away? Will the intense need she and Doc feel for each other be enough to bridge the gulf that’s opened between them?