Sarah had a plan for her future, but while away at school the tragic death of her father forces her to rearrange her plans. Her family's land borders the land of the Campbell's and she was not supposed to go on their land, but she discovered a swimming hole that is perfect to read and reflect. Owen Campbell has taken over his family's estate and has a secret about himself he wishes no one to know about, but keeping his secret is harder with Sarah around. His attempts to keep her at bay seem futile. Both are faced with new realities they need to come to terms with.
I'm not 100% sure how i feel about this book. I had a really hard time getting into it and believing in the characters. They seemed cookie cutter characters, not that that is a bad thing, but it was hard to relate to them and feel a connection. The characters are not one sided there is a lot of depth to them, probably the sister Kathy most of all. We see them all experience a wide range of emotions throughout the novel. I'm not sure why i couldn't get behind these characters.
The story is well right enough. There were moments when i knew i was being told a story rather than watching it unfold before my eyes. We do watch as their relationship grows from the awkward meetings to something more...um..steamy. It was an interesting read, just not exactly what i was expecting. It was a sweet story, and I can see people falling in love with the characters. Haddix does a good job presenting the characters and their conflicts. I wanted to see the story build up a little more, more of the shifting involved like with him visiting her as a deer. I thought that was cute and almost hoped for a little more or him saving her as a wolf. The sex scenes are very descriptive and are not for those who love a clean romance. As I said, things get steamy.
I do recommend the novel, it may not have tickled my fancy, but someone else who enjoys romance novels may enjoy it. My rating would be a 3 out 5. I have not decided if I will check out the other books in the series, I guess we will have to wait and see.