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.
4/5 Stars for this wildly romantic tale of second chances.
Henley has been gone eight long years. She never intended to come back, but life has forced her hand. She doesn’t want to see any of the people she left behind. But fate and life have a way of making choices for us and when Keaton Cash comes back in her life, nothing is the same again.
Henley is a great character. Despite all she has been through, she is still this sassy, sarcastic girl, but she uses a lot of coping mechanisms to get through life. It was great to see her evolve throughout the story and finally end up happy.
Gatlin is the sweet, kind and wise farmhand who seems to always know just what to say. He is her friend and almost a mentor. You can’t help but wish you had a friend like, too.
I saved Keaton for last. Keaton Cash is as alphas as they come. A sexy farmer with a sinful body and a filthy mouth. But he is more than that. He is man who has loved Henley for years and would literally go to jail for her. He uses all his charms, his sexy smile and a whole lot of truth to get her to see what is right in front of her and when she does…holy cow! Sparks fly right off the page. Keaton just landed himself a spot on my Top 20 Book Boyfriends list!
There is this one big glaring thing that was staring me in the face through the entire book. I thought I knew what was going on and S.E. Hall played it off so well I want to give her a big fat genius sticker. When the “thing” was revealed at the end of the book, I let out an “Oh my god, I knew it!”
Do yourself a huge favor and grab this book. Set aside some uninterrupted time and get to reading. I think you will fall in love with Henley and Keaton just like I did.
“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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