Author: S.E. Hall
Genre: Contemporary Romance
You can put up a front… but destiny already has your back
After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again.
Too much regret and shame to bear.
But she’s the only one left to see to her family’s legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her.
Gatlin Holt, the family farmhand, awaits her arrival, and lends a hand—in more ways than one. He reacquaints Henley with the lay of the land while helping her heal her soul with a new outlook on life.
Yet every time she thinks some peace may be within reach, Henley hits another roadblock. The biggest of which is Keaton Cash—her childhood nemesis who owns the farm next door.
And no, it’s not a love triangle. That’s impossible when Henley’s heart is closed, incapable of love.
“No, Keaton. I was bored and thought I’d come play ‘tag’ with ‘em for a little while.”
“Then you’re doing a helluva job, ‘cause they’re fixin’ to tag ya back.”
What’s he blathering about now? I turn and look…but refuse to sigh or show any sign of defeat…that some of the cows, are in fact, wandering back into the field I just shooed them out of.
Really? I seem to remember—open the gate to where the food is—they’ll go. So why they’re not cooperating now, in what has to be the first time since Noah let two of them on the Arc, has to be some weird conspiracy just to embarrass me in front of Keaton.
“Let me help you,” he says too kindly, moving to do so before I can refuse.
He uses his hat to swipe at the few remaining anarchist cows, sending them on their way. And Lord knows why, but I take a moment to peruse him…see just exactly how he turned out, physically anyway.
Hair still as black as the Stetson in his hand, jeans still as tight as he’s always played his cards to his chest. Every movement precise and purposeful, nothing wasted, just like he’s always been: good at everything.
Except recognizing value in the most valuable.
Back in the day, he’d been the boy to watch. A football star, a rodeo champ…and watch them they did—every girl in town.
S.E. Hall, lover of all things anticipation and romance, is the author of The Evolve Series: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled, Entice, Endure and companion novellas Baby Mama Drama and Guide for Tools Looking to Date My Daughter by character Sawyer Beckett. S.E. also wrote the stand-alone Finally Found novels Pretty Instinct and Pretty Remedy. Her co-written works include The Provocative Professions Collection: Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled 1&2, One Naughty Night and full-length, standalone novels Matched and Filthy Foreign Exchange with Angela Graham as well as Conspire, a romantic suspense, written with Erin Noelle.
S.E. resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 3 daughters of the home. When not writing or reading, she can be found “enthusiastically cheering” on one of her girls’ softball games.
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Wow wow wow! What started out as a light-hearted casual read left me speechless! It starts out slow paced, slowly luring you in, with lots and lots of questions. About halfway through I was turning pages faster and faster with the biggest smile on my face.
“I’m just sorry it took a tragedy, another one, to force me to finally start to face the inevitable — life.”
Henley Calvert is a little hard to like at first but shes easy to relate to. She’s running from her past with lots of emotions flying high. Until tragedy strikes her family for a second time forcing her home to face her future, rather she likes it or not. Feigning tough girl every chance she gets.
“You see, this lil’ brat sassed me, argued with me, and insulted me whenever she could for so long, I’ll be damned if it didn’t stick.”
Keaton Cash is determined to break those walls no matter how hard Henley tries to keep him out. He’s as country alpha as they come and so hot! His mouth, his body, his 1950s outlook on life, so so hot! Fifteen years of history and lots of memories, the two of them together is the perfect thing.
There’s that moment when the title starts to make a heck of a lot more sense…… The blurb says it’s not a love triangle- and it’s not- so I was confused where Gatlin came in in the story. Ulterior motives? What’s his play in all this? Then it’s revealed and holy moly! I was yelling at my kindle, jumping up and down on my bed, mind blown! -Yes, I was dramatic. Speechless!
S.E. Hall’s writing was phenomenal leaving me laughing, crying and my heart racing. Is it too soon to ask for more?!
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 5/5 stars