After dropping out of law school, Sam Beaumont fears coming home will either be like sucking poison out of snakebite or drowning in a bathtub of gin. He dreads the whirlwind of being a blue-blood in Savannah, and between his mother and his brother a peaceful existence is out of the question.
Miles away from her ugly past, Annie Clarke is thriving in pharmacy school. Uncomfortable with her own success, she begins to fall back to her self-sabotaging ways.
Then along comes Trip Beaumont, a hot, edgy artist. Every instinct in her says run, which only makes him that much more tempting. The day she finally agrees to go out with him, his younger brother, Sam, shows up. Sam’s first words about Trip chill her: “Don’t be fooled by the act. Prince Charming is a toxic monster.”
Annie soon sees that Sam’s callous exterior is a direct result of coping with a family as dysfunctional as her own. Could love shield them both from spiraling into madness, or will their crazy worlds collide like renegade storm fronts leaving devastation and destruction in their wake?
Everyone has their own issues, but learning to move beyond those issues is something we all have to do. Sometimes it’s just easier to accomplish with a little help from others. Sometimes you have made the attempt too many times and people lose their faith that you can heal. Sometimes you just have to give love a chance to heal from the inside, to trust those who love you and to believe that you deserve the great love that is put before you.
Sam has left his ivy league school because being a lawyer just isn’t what he wants anymore. But when confronted with the great question…Sam doesn’t have an answer. So he finds himself back home looking for something…or someone, someone to help him figure it all out. That’s when it happens, again.
Annie is living her life to overcome her past, daddy issues, mommy issues, lots and lots of issues from the past. She is in grad school and doing everything she can to make something for her future so there is no way she will ever end up in that situation again. Selling her art on the side of school and a job has been very valuable. What she will never do is follow in the footsteps of her mother, who left her and her siblings home more often than not and for days at a time. She will never have those issues because she will never be in a relationship. Yes, she will have sex and she will enjoy herself, but a relationship is just asking too much. But the moment Trip walks up to her selling her art, she knows something is going to happen. She wants it to happen…but who is that guy standing close by? He looks similar to Trip, he looks amazing. Annie is intrigued by him…
Trip has no interest in a relationship. He is still in love with his ex-wife. He has no intent of anything happening between Annie and him. His heart will always belong to his ex-wife and their daughter. So when he sees how his brother looks at Annie, he knows that there really is no competition between him and his brother. But he needs Annie’s help to make Violet see how much he loves her and how much they need to be together. But the risks are large and Trip knows that he has some serious fixing to do. He destroyed everything he loved with his drinking and he is determined to fix it, one step at a time.
Will Annie and Sam let their attraction finally meld? Will they be able to show each other how to let love in? Will Trip continue on his road to sobriety or will the internal scars be too much for him to handle? Will he be able to put his life back together and regain the heart of the woman he lost before it is too late?
This book wasn’t just about one guy and one girl. There were so many relationship in play and each one was intriguing and moving. All of the characters are amazing and easy to relate to, well except most of the stuff they deal with from their pasts. They are just full of life and given everything that they each have been through, you would really question why.
This is a well written book with a very poignant story line. Recovery comes in many forms and is needed for many things. When all of those things collide the recovery for these characters relies so much on those they surround themselves with. I can see this book with many character spinoffs and would be intrigued to read any of this. It was a great read and kept my interest throughout.