Release Date: July 31, 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
Sent to the family ranch to overcome his addiction, Taylor Reese is angry and hurt. Feeling rejected by his father and brother, Taylor throws himself into ranch life to help him forget. He struggles with his addiction, though he refuses help. But it isn’t long before it hits him hard how much his life has spiraled out of control. He begins to question every aspect of his life, and the confusion leaves him floundering and looking for something, or someone, to cling to. Libby Karlin is cautious, wary of Taylor’s presence. His brutal honesty and lack of respect claw at her composure. Her dark past makes her reluctant to let anyone near her family, but when Taylor strikes up a friendship with her son, Libby finds herself drawn to the sadness within him. His experiences are no secret to her. She sees where his world turned upside down and offers him a helping hand. But her own secrets stay buried, locked away until a knock on her door has her gasping for breath. Libby’s fear paralyzes her as she comes face to face with her demons and, determined to stay strong, she battles for a way out. Could dealing with their pasts really give them a future?
I enjoyed this read. I liked the mixture of the love story, the personal struggles and the little bit of a mystery that you can work out throughout the story. Both Libby an Taylor have things in their past that they aren't too proud of and while Taylor seems to be more open to sharing his Libby is still cautious when it comes to sharing hers. The 2 come together and become each others salvation but each fear that they depend on the other too much. There is the fear that Taylor will soon return home since his stay on the ranch was intended to simply be his recovery period. The ranch is home for Libby and her son, her safety zone and she she fears having to leave that behind. Eventually events take place that make her second guess staying on the ranch however it's not at the benefit of Taylor, it's more to keep him safe. Taylor also has his decisions to make as he does actually return home for his brother's wedding. Will the 2 find their way, will their pasts separate them for good.... or will they be their own reason for separation?
This was the first book I've read by this author but it's actually the 2nd book in a series so I look forward to reading the first one, Beneath the Surface soon!
About the AuthorM. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she adores getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories. She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Running keeps her sane, along with knitting and listening to loud music.
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