Ash may resemble Don but the two brothers are very different.
As teenagers, Don loved the rush of the city life. Contrarily, Ash had an obsession with getting away from the city.
In adulthood, Don stayed in the Monroe mansion in the city while Ash moved to a farming community called Tarah Maven where he bought a beautiful farmhouse.
Considering his Monroe wealth, Ash never saw the need to work for a cent. He was on some sort of early retirement and spent his days enjoying the simple mornings in his farmhouse and getting up to mischief with the local thugs in the tavern, just for the thrill of it.
He cut his days of mischief and the tavern short, though, after he met Bailey at the town’s annual summer festival. To Ash it seemed that Bailey stood out from the other girls in town. She was a natural beauty with an intellect that made her very attractive to some but intimidating to others.
Six months after they met Ash and Bailey were married in a small, farm ceremony, attended only by Don; his wife, Rea; Alma, who was 12 at the time; and a few close friends, mostly from the tavern. Bailey’s family did not approve of the ‘city stranger’ marrying their youngest daughter and were noticeably missing throughout the ceremony.
Four months after their lovely wedding ceremony, Bailey started having second thoughts about her marriage as she began to realize that Ash was actually quite different from her. She had big career goals while Ash just wanted to vacation all year round.
Many of their arguments were about Bailey’s many business ideas and Ash could never understand why she wanted to work at all. He just couldn’t understand why she wanted to make her own name and her own money and was not okay with depending on anyone, not even her wealthy, Monroe husband.
Despite their differences, they stayed together and a year after their wedding, they welcomed their first child, Hunter, into their home.
When Hunter was 11, some very unpleasant men from Ash’s past began to threaten his little family. The men would hang around Hunter’s school and follow Bailey whenever she went out.
Many of their neighbors moved away but Ash didn’t want to leave his precious farm house, despite having received a hefty inheritance after his father’s death years ago.
It was only by chance one day that Bailey found out that Ash spent a great deal of his inheritance on the purchase of a massive land that wasn’t even suitable to live or farm on. Bailey began to resent him.
She threatened to take Hunter and leave and it was only then that Ash reached out to his brother for help.
Don was surprisingly understanding of Ash’s situation and encouraged him and his family to move into the Monroe mansion.
Everything would finally be okay again for Ash’s little family and his marriage… Or so he thought before he found himself as the unlucky target of Rea’s not-so-subtle advances.