Jordan's mother and abusive stepfather dumped him on his grandfather's porch in the middle of nowhere; he combats isolation and meets a girl that awakens the menacing inner voice he fears. He uncovers family secrets and creates some of his own. A disastrous fire leaves the authorities with no choice; they move Jordan into a foster home until they can find his mother, but Debbie's location is a mystery. Dirk and Missy welcome him. Kimberly views him as an opportunity.
Familiar with trouble, and scared by his inner darkness, pyromaniac Jordan vows to alter his behaviors. He'd previously pledged the same, but a girl had clouded his mind and made it impossible for him to follow through. Jordan fixates on Kimberly. Transform her bad-girl persona and coax her into a romance, and he'll be okay; they'll both be okay. Angry and self-deprecating, fiery Kimberly is dead set on lousy behavior and suffering the consequences. No matter how many times she tries to exorcise them, she gains no distance from her demons. Kimberly challenges Jordan's plans. Unaware of his atrocious past, she's dangerously close to unleashing the evil he struggles to contain during their epic battle of wills. Can they both survive?
Jordan Fry's obsession dawns in "You Can't Force Love" by Marie Drake (Book I in the Locked Hearts Series) a psychological suspense novel simmering with dark romantic undercurrents.