Wyoming sheriff Zac McHenry is fit to be tied. A new “working girl” just showed up at a local truck stop, ruining his stakeout. There’s been an influx of transients passing through his county lately. Bringing an epidemic of drugs, crime, and vice with them. The last thing he wants is another hooker setting up shop in town. He’s determined to send her packing. He’s 6′ 4″ and she’s a little bit of a thing…how hard could it be? Turns out getting rid of her isn’t as easy as he thought. When he barges into her motel room, she thinks he’s an attacker and wallops him with her purse. She’s arrested for assaulting an officer and hauled off to jail.
Zac soon realizes things aren’t what they seem. Ali Bellabonafortuna is no hooker. She’s a youth librarian from upstate New York. Much to Zac’s chagrin, Ali is well connected. She knows several state and federal judges who intercede on her behalf. He’s forced to let her go. Thinking she’ll leave as soon as she’s released, he checks her out of her motel room, but Ali’s not going anywhere. She’s staking out the truck stop too, looking for the man who picked up a 13-year-old runaway named Peeky. The girl participated in a program for at-risk teens at Ali’s library. She disappeared from the truck stop a week ago and hasn’t been heard from since. Ali’s not leaving until she finds her. There’s a rodeo in town and her room’s already been rented out. In fact, there are no rooms to be found anywhere in the area for the next four days. Ali’s temporarily homeless and its Zac’s fault! There’s only one thing to do—she’ll just have to move in with him until another room opens up. Zac thinks his house guest is a foulmouthed, ill-behaved hellion. Ali thinks he’s an interfering, arrogant bully. But when they work together to investigate a case of kidnapping, human trafficking, and murder…sparks begin to fly. Is this any way to start a romance?
Alex is taking her sisters and their kids to her camp in the Adirondacks when the unthinkable happens: nuclear war. The radio warns them to seek immediate shelter. Greeted by guns and bullets when they try to find refuge, they are forced to hide in a cave to avoid the fallout. After two weeks in their dank hole, Alex discovers her sisters have gone back to the city to search for their husbands, leaving Alex to care for the children. It’s a 35-mile hike to her camp. A journey through hell! The hamlets and villages they pass through have been turned into killing fields. Society is devolving. Chaos reigns as looters, murderers, and rapists hold sway. Along the way, Alex rescues two children orphaned by the violence. Driven by starvation, she stumbles on a hidden cache of food only to discover it’s guarded by a man who’ll haunt her nightmares. Half guardian angel, half demon. Both barbarian and benefactor. A strange mixture of brutality and gentleness, cruelty and caring. A man named Wolf!