by Jennifer Peel
What happens when your motto in life has been to always love yourself more than anyone else could, but then you find someone who does it better? If you’re Cheyenne Fairchild, you do your best to push him away.
Cheyenne’s life has taught her to never depend on anyone, especially men. She’s done her best to keep every relationship short and every man at arm’s length. That is, until the mysterious Aidan Bates moves to town. Not only does he give earth-shattering kisses, but he has the audacity to save her life after a tragic accident. Now Cheyenne can’t stop thinking about him, and it’s driving her crazy. Worse, he won’t stop trying to help her.
While Cheyenne is doing her best to keep Aidan from working his way into her no vacancy heart, she finds herself embroiled in more than one Merryton scandal. One that rocks her best friend’s world and shows what Cheyenne is really made of. And one that she’s created in hopes of deterring Aidan. Unfortunately for her, she finds that it only brings them closer together.
Can Cheyenne let her defenses down long enough to see that Aidan is unlike any other man she has ever known? Or will she cling to the past and the walls she’s carefully constructed around her heart?
My Review: 5 Stars
This story isn't fluffy--it's more real and raw and just what I was looking for. I love that Peel writes in first person. I feel like a dear friend of the character and their personalities always shine through the words on the pages and this is especially true with Cheyenne. She's gorgeous, successful, and rich, but she tells it like it is. She's the kind of woman who completely intimidates me, yet I found myself softening towards her pretty quickly and adoring the woman she's fighting so hard not to be. She's got a very rough and blunt cover for a tender and sweet heart.
Cheyenne has lived a very worldly life and it shows in her attitude towards everything, but especially towards men. I thought Peel did a fantastic job in painting the true character of Cheyenne without making her seem like a tramp. She's got a past, just like the other women in Merryton, but she doesn't care what anyone thinks and her fierce loyalty and the lengths she goes to in order to protect her friends, who are more like family than anything, is extremely endearing.
It's no secret that I love a good romance and this is an opposites-attract kind of thing, almost a self-imposed forbidden relationship. However, a great lesson can be pulled from within--stop judging. It's impossible to know what people are really like if you judge, as both Cheyenne and Aidan learned. He is a fantastic male lead, as he tries to fight off what he wants and then jumps full in, not letting anything hold him back. His persistent and pure love and adoration made me swoon. Their undeniable and flammable chemistry is hot, hot, hot. After a few brooding moments, this guy proves to be a keeper!
I love a book that is well-written and full of emotional growth and turmoil and this one definitely falls into these categories. I didn't just read this story...I lived it...and loved it!
Content: mild language; mild-moderate romance elements (swoony kissing, vague non-detailed talk of a wild past--not squeaky clean, but still clean); mild religious elements (brother is a preacher).
*I received a copy through the author, which did not influence my thoughts. All opinions are my own.*
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