Natalie hasn't spoken to Ryker in ten years. Her life reflects nothing of what she imagined it would be. She isn't able to finish her degree. She has a husband, Eric, that is thriving in his degree program, but never home. Her marriage is unfulfilling and lifeless. And she's a stay at home mom to twin boys. She doesn't like her life, yet she has to live it day in and day out. Finally something in Natalie snaps and she turns to the one thing she knows will release some pressure, cutting. From there, Natalie's life is set on a new trajectory...one that is set before Ryker re-enters the picture. I appreciated that although Ryker is a key piece to her healing, he's not the game changer. Even if my life doesn't reflect Natalie's, I could relate to her in so many ways. She was flawed, likeable, honest and so, so strong because she had to be. I loved this book.