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Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
After reading the second book in this series, , I knew I had to get a hold of Colton’s story. While I didn’t really like him, he grew on me in the end when you saw him all broken, literally, by his man-whore ways. I don’t say that meanly, he just used women a lot. Having one of those women turn around and run him over with a car pretty much sets him straight on a few things.
Leah McMahon left Sultry, Texas while still in high school. She was humiliated by Colton Bea and his supposed friends and carrying a secret that she had to shoulder on her own. Now her father is sick and needs her help. So she is back in Sultry, Texas and trying not to be noticed. But you can’t go unnoticed when everyone wonders why you left in the first place.
Colton Bea hasn’t lived the most upstanding life and I wondered through the books I read, just how he became Sheriff. Not that he did anything unlawful while I was reading, he just didn’t seem the type to become a Sheriff. When he pulls over an expensive SUV, he never expects to be confront with his past in the form of Leah, the one girl he loved and lost through his foolish ways. Trying to come to terms with reuniting with her when she doesn’t want it, to finding out a secret that could end them both, Colton has to grow up and man up for his actions.
This story was heartbreaking from beginning to end. It brought up a lot of some issue my family has had to deal with and I related in some ways to some of what these two had to deal with. Each made decisions that affected them their entire life. Not only did Leah leave Sultry, but she left a father behind, a best friend and a town she grew up in. Coming back took guts even if it was for her father. Keeping secrets was even harder.
This story is more a drama that the comedy I found in the second book. It is hard hitting, gut wrenching and uplifting in many ways. It will string out your emotions until you don’t know who is right, wrong or just neither at all.
Now I won’t say it isn’t sweet. There are some moments that left me breathless with just how romantic Colton could be when he really finds the woman he loves. But there there is also the passion these two shared, even as teenagers. I loved watching these two fall in love again and even watching that new found love being tested.
I recommend this to anyone who doesn’t want a fluff love story. There topics that could have destroyed these too, but also a love that survives even the darkest of days.