Adopted as an infant, Caitlin Prescott has no idea that the man who facilitated the murder of her biological parents and her illegal adoption has arranged for her new job in Dallas and is now as obsessed with her as he was with her mother. Kate Montgomery was born as Caitlin Prescott and has had a good life as the only child of loving adoptive parents. Their financial security, strong parenting and strong moral code has allowed her to grow into the kind of person that birth parents hope for, when surrounding a baby for adoption.
Unfortunately, Caitlin's birth parents were happily married, devoted parents and he was a minister. She was only given up because they were brutally murdered and the man who did it guaranteed that all of the children were separated. His name was Senator George Oberlin and he had married for money, then stayed married for his image.
However, the situation changes when Caitlin's adoptive father passes away and she wants to be sure that she is able to close to the only mother she has ever known. In order to do so, she sent her resume out to many different news stations in Austin and is surprised to be hired by someone almost immediately.
The reason for her hire is unknown to her at the time, but the Senator who pulled the strings for her hire is only willing to do so because of her resemblance to her birth-mother. She was his obsession and when he realized that she did not return his feelings, he snapped and killed both her and her husband.
He sees Kate as his second chance and becomes stalking her, while creating his own romance with her in his head. After nearly being killed by a hit-and-run driver and receiving threats, she hires a bodyguard. His name is Teague Ramos, he is very good at his job and almost immediately, there is a strong attraction between them.
He has his own issues as the illegitimate child of a woman who never wanted him and although he consistently engages in sexual relationships with women, he never does so with his clients and he has never been involved in an actual relationship with the women he is intimate with.
In order to protect her image and to find her stalker, they pretend that she is doing a report in his security company and despite his intentions; they begin to behave as a couple in all ways. Soon, they become intimate. As Senator Oberlin begins to see that she is not interested in him at all, he again snaps and tries to kill her.
The Senator also feels justified in everything he has done because his father was an alcoholic who beat his mother to death. In his twisted mind, the murder of Kate's adoptive parents, arranging for siblings to be divided and planning to kill his alcoholic wife are acceptable because he is not as bad as his own father. It also becomes obvious that Kate's biological siblings have reunited as adults and continue to look for her.
Finally, Kate finds a lead on the Senator, after she escapes his clutches and returns to his home town, that is also her hometown, but she doesn't know it. Her resemblance to her biological mother in such a small town gains attention and he follows her, as does Teague. Teague saves her just in time from the senator and in doing so, the senator dies.
She is reunited with ALL of her family, meaning biological siblings and adoptive mother. The reader also learns that Teague's issues relate to the verbal abuse he received from his mother. He feels inadequate for relationships because when he was a teenager, he accidentally got his cousin, who was the only family who loved him, shot and she was left in a wheelchair.
She does not blame him and she forces him to forgive herself. With closure for both Kate and Teague, they admit their feelings and get married, where it becomes obvious that they are expecting a child.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked that it was clear throughout the book that at some point, Kate would probably be reunited with her birth siblings. They had been looking for he for a long time, but at no time did that impact the close bond she had with her adoptive mother. Also, her birth parents thought they were adopting legally and would never have taken her if they knew she was not given up voluntarily.
Best scene in story:
At the very end, there is a shocking scene when Senator Oberlin dies and the reader gets to decide their own interpretation of his death experience. It seems as if he meets his victims and is sucked to Hell, but it could also be the final spasms of a dying brain.
Opinion about the main character:
Kate Prescott is a strong character who was always aware that she as an adopted child but never felt a burning desire to find her biological family. In addition, that strength was proven when her adoptive father was brutally murdered overseas to the extent that an open casket funeral was not possible, but the murderers emailed his image to her and her mom. She never used it as an excuse or a crutch, but it was always obvious how much she loved her adoptive father.