It was a desperate plan.  But Mary Grace Winters knew the only way to save herself and her child from her abusive cop husband was to stage their own death.  Now all that remains of their former life is at the bottom of a lake…  Armed with a new identity in a new town, she and her son have from refuge hundreds of miles away.  As Caroline Stewart, she has almost forgotten the nightmare she left behind seven years ago.  She is even taking a chance on love with Max Hunter, a man with wounds of his own.  But her past is about to collide with the present when her husband suddenly uncovers her trail and threatens her hard-won peace.  Step by step, he’s closing in on her—and everything and everyone she loves. 

I’ve got all of Karen Rose’s books, and for some reason I kept collecting them, almost hoarding, I think *g*.  Now I’m glad I did, because I can devour them all in one gulp!!  LOL.  Rose gives us two heartrendingly wounded people and makes us root for them from word one… Caroline is a survivor, but one loaded with the insecurities her upbringing has carved into her mind.  Max’s baggage is no less significant, so their pairing, and the absolute strength they create when they’re together, is perfection.  You just knew Max was the man for Caroline when she faced him down without flinching, and vice versa.  A great book that I read in one sitting…I heartily recommend this one!