by Noelle Clark
Life can be full of surprises the second time around.
Here's why any woman with blood in her veins would walk on water to have Craig Nelson fall in love with her.
At over six feet tall, this man has the body of a fit thirty year old - yet he's closer to fifty. He is good looking in a rugged kind of way, has a most disarming smile, and has all his own hair and teeth.
But what Abbie, my heroine, loves about Craig, is his compassion for people less fortunate than himself, and his determination to do something practical to help them. For the last ten years, he has devoted his life to educating and training people with skills to enable them to find a job in the hospitality industry - both in the US and now in Cambodia.
He also has a true fondness for the Cambodian people whose poverty is third-world status. He takes the time to learn their culture, their ways, and speaks with the leaders in the families. He treats his Cambodian staff as colleagues, and offers them experience over and above any training course.
Craig also has a great love for the physical world around him, including the antiquities of Angkor Wat, and will stop at nothing to ensure they stay intact and protected for generations to come.
He is warm, affectionate, and his love for Abbie is deep and permanent. He treats her with dignity and respect. Craig is my hunky hero, and I'm so glad to have had the opportunity to tell his story.
Arriving in Cambodia to volunteer at an orphanage, Abbie finds a warm welcome with the owner of her hotel, the handsome Craig Nelson. Craig is everything her ex-husband wasn’t—warm, compassionate, and a generous humanitarian dedicated to helping the local people. But after raising a family and being devastated by the end of her bad marriage, the last thing Abbie needs is complications. She’s on her own for the first time in many years, and it’s time for her to spread her wings and fly free amid the people and culture that have always fascinated her.
But while exploring the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Abbie overhears odd noises and sinister conversation that raise her hackles. Turning to the only person she thinks may be able to help—Craig—she realizes she’s witnessed tomb raiders—art thieves stealing frescoes to sell on the black market. Unable to let the pillaging of the beloved temple continue, Abbie goes back to investigate and finds evidence that proves her theory. And in the meantime, she finds herself falling for Craig.
Yet change isn’t easy for either of them. Both carry scars, and neither is ready to let go of the past. When Abbie is attacked in the market place, it’s clear her presence in the temple wasn’t overlooked. When Abbie agrees to help the police stage a sting operation to catch the thieves, things go from bad to worse. And Craig might be powerless to help…