Dani refuses to lose another parent due to her absence from their life. After pulling herself back together following the death of her father, she moves back to her childhood town to live with her mom. She’s slowly pulled back into the lifestyle she worked so hard to get away from ten years ago. She accepts that this is the life she has always been destined to live. Getting a job at the store down the road and hooking back up with her first love Gage, seems to be the logical way to go…that is until Holden Reynolds shows up in town.
Now that Holden is finally back home from the Navy he plans on following in his father’s footsteps. Still trying to move on from the one woman who had his heart, he busies himself in work and returning to the country boy lifestyle he’s always loved. The best way to get over someone is to get under someone, right? That’s his mindset as he travels town to town with his job perfectly content with being a rambling man…that is until he meets Danielle Brooks.
When Dani isn’t leaving and Holden isn’t staying will they be able to keep themselves from getting too attached? Or will they be just what each other needs to cut all the strings that have them bound?
“You can’t save me from me, Holden.” –Dani
i adored this book. The characters in it didn’t have any tragic flaws except hearts of gold. It was such a change for me to read this. I am not saying that it needed more, my emotions sprang from me more and more with each page I turned. It was heartwarming and beautiful. To see the characters take their hearts and always try to do what is right, despite how it would change thier lives.
Dani had big dreams to escape the small town she lived in. She wanted nothing mroe than to get out of the town she grew up in, but 10 years later, she finds herself back in that small town wanting to take care of those around her, especially her mother. Her mother wasn’t dealt a fair hand when it came to kids. Two of her kids use her and Dani just wants to fix it. But battling with siblings may not be the way to do it. So one night after a particulary rediculous fight with her sister she finds herself running to her 4th sibling to keep her calm. What she doesn’t expect that night she meets her brother at the bar is what she sees outisde the bar… Holden. The big problem there is the girl attached to him… Dani hates her.
Holden is in a job he doesn’t like and doesn’t want to be doing but, it is a family business that he is to enherit. Does he want it? No, but it is the right thing to do. Holden has spent so much of his time being numb to his surroundings. The one girl who had his heart ended up with someone else. He was just trying to live his life without her in it.
When their eyes connected there was something there. But Dani knew there was no way anything would ever happen between the two of them. Holden just couldn’t keep his eyes off of her. But what was the chance that he would ever see her again? His job kept him on the move. Constantly going to where the business needed him.
Holden ends up on a temporary position on Dani’s town and the two of them become fast friends. Her quick wit plays well off of his and the two of them are so much alike though through completely different circumstances. But what happens when Holden and Dani start to see each other in a different light? She’s not looking for anything long term and he knows he won’t be around long enough to make anything last longer…
This book just sucked me in. I loved Dani and Holden’s story. Though it wasn’t easy and yes, I found myself crying a time or two, I just couldn’t get over how powerful love could really be for these two. It made my heart smile when they were together and my heart broke right along with theirs when they were apart.
Erika Ashby made these characters real and relatible. I just adored the heck out of them. I loved reading their story. It was a great eye opener for those with the biggest hearts… a picture of what life should be and other’s issues are not your burden to bear unless you choose to. Life is about the choices we make and these two made several of the wrong ones in order to help others out, but when they started making decisions for themselves, it was quite moving and touching.
I just adored this book so much!
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Being born an “Army Brat”, Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She’s a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn’t until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.