Haunted by the past, Nate Phillips comes to grips with an age-old question in Copper Descent. What makes us who we are: nature or nurture? Nate certainly has flaws. An explosive temper and far too charming, he’s left a trail of broken hearts chasing his obsession for Nina. He doesn't really see the other women in his life, including Shannon. This mistake backfires in a big way, and keeps coming back to bite him several times throughout the series.
I think every woman wants to be loved the way Nate loves Nina—so much that time stands still without her. His philosophy on life and care-free attitude compliment her serious demeanor beautifully. The way he sees her is remarkable. Nina is damaged in so many ways, but he looks past her broken pieces to the woman she can be. Because he sees her in such a way, she wants to be the image he reflects.
What I like most about Nate is he knows his limits, and he’s smart enough to not push past his breaking point. Even when he’s confronted with the darkest aspects of his character, he discovers he alone has the power to choose. He will always have a soft place in my heart.