Chase Keaton is on the local Police force for the town of Carnal. He is newly widowed from a woman he detested but was blackmailed into marrying. He is a blue eyed blonde and the hottest cop in town.
Faye Goodknight is the shy beautiful red headed librarian who loves furturistic movies, geeks and books. She has also been carrying a torch for Chase for many years and has held onto her virginity just for him, or for at least a hero.
Chase calls himself dark and has done things he has trouble living with and feels Faye is light, pure and too good for him. Things change all of this and the two find they rub along together rather well. Chase is a teddy bear in her gentle hands and she helps him see things from a different perspective. A homeless boy becomes a big part of their lives in trying to both help him and to solve the mystery of who he is and where he comes from.
Many parts of this story are very touching and either very emotional or very passionate. The ending, when you finally get to parts of it is beautifully written and brought a tear or two. My problem with the book was two fold. First I had a great deal of difficulty believing Faye had a master degree in anything at all. High school diploma yes, more no. Next most of the story was written in the local dialect and street banter. I found it very difficult to understand at times. The characters were first class, the angst just right and the good parts very very good.