From Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips comes a powerful new story of love, hope and redemption, of finding light in the darkest places.
Fearless, an all-new emotional standalone by Carly Phillips is now LIVE!
Fall in love with the Wards…
Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn’t get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer.
Except Halley Ward isn’t just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane’s usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don’t expect more than he’s willing to give.
Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he’s hooked. She says she’s not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas.
Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they’ve made. Then it’s Halley’s turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she’s finally coming to believe she deserves
Now…what do you say to some Italian ices? Ever been to Hank’s?”
She shook her head. “I’ve passed it but there’s always been a ridiculous crowd of people out front.”
“Well, it’s worth the wait. Feel like going on the way home?”
She nodded. “If you can keep me occupied while we wait, then I don’t mind.”
He laughed. “I think I like that challenge.”
When they arrived at Hank’s, an outdoor ice cream and Italian ices stand, they discovered a short line. Not enough for him to have to entertain her, and before they knew it, they were ordering.
Because they also had ice cream, Halley changed her mind when it came to ordering and asked for vanilla ice cream with hot fudge topping. Kane got a red Italian ice.
They took their desserts and walked over to a short brick wall and hopped up, sitting side by side, legs swinging as they ate.
He finished his first. “Good?” he asked, putting his cup down beside him.
She glanced over, laughing. “Your tongue is red.”
He stuck it out at her and grinned.
“Want some of mine?” She held out the spoon of vanilla and chocolate mixed.
“No, doesn’t exactly mix with my cherry.” He paused, as if thinking of something. “Unless…”
“Hmm?” She raised an eyebrow.
“Unless I’m kissing you.” And before she could react, he leaned over and swept his tongue over her lips and into her mouth, devouring her quickly but thoroughly.
She moaned into him, leaning in close, savoring the warm cherry flavor he brought to her dessert.
Before she was ready, he lifted his head and met her gaze, his eyes dark and hungry. “Now that is how to eat an ice cream.”
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First thoughts after reading.
Colour me impressed I took a chance on a NTMA and I love it. The cover appealed to me on this one and as I found the cover so enticing I decided to read the blurb and then I just couldn’t NOT request this. This is a hidden gem read.
Welcome to Rosewood Bay, New England.
Kane Harmon mechanic and all round good guy has had enough of the summer flings. Once burnt twice shy. He has kept to himself for a couple of years now. He has been helping his sister, his nephew and keeping his gambling Dad from going completely off the rails. The addiction is what kills him the most. He has wanted to settle down but he hasn’t found the right woman.
Until a chance encounter changes everything.
Halley Ward recluse, a painter hides away from the world hoping never to be hurt again. She only has her Aunt Joy and her sister Phoebe. She isn’t content but doesn’t know how to change it. Her past has shackled her for too long. What with growing up in foster homes being separated from her sisters. One important thing is that the sisters never knew what happened to the sister that their mother sold. Isolation is safe. She doesn’t like that she is a Ward or that her family has money or that her Mum is an addict. She yearns for things she can’t have.
That is until her Jeep breaks down.
I love Kane. He is a good guy. He is caring, sensitive yet one heck of a man. He is a keeper. He truly made this book a pleasure to read.
I love Halley as well. She comes across as delicate and maybe in a way she is but she also has a backbone once she finds it that is. I admired her for her strength and finally blossoming into the woman that she wants to be.
There is a gradual build up to the chemistry that they have and when it gets there they are explosive. Kane was sly and gave Halley what she think she wanted but he was dancing around her and making sure that she was truly seeing him. It takes a while for Halley to let her guard down but if there is one thing that Kane is then it is persistent. He gave her space and time to get used to things. Best book boyfriend in a long time peeps.
The Writing & Plot.
I haven’t read any other books by this author but this one is spot on with the writing. The engaging story and the emotional heart-tugging moments. There is a good balance and the story flowed well. Obviously I don’t have a comparison to anything else that this author has written but she knows what she is doing. Halley has her demons to deal with and Kane is her rock. I had an inkling what her mother was going to do but you can’t base that one experience on everything else. She did get her head out of her arse though.
Kane’s past comes back to haunt him but he stands strong. I would say minimal o/w drama and that is how I love it. He is celibate another bonus.
When I found out what Halley was hiding I was like well that is it? But it’s never the almosts and the what ifs that can truly do just as much damage. I admire her for what she overcame to be fearless.
I would really recommend this book. It is sweet with some angst a solid story great MC and secondary characters you really want to see get books as well. Phoebe will be up next and Juliette.
I would love for Andi to get a book. She is main character material.
Buy it! Read it! Enjoy it!