Amanda Jacobs has never been able to forget Justin, even though that was the only thing he ever asked her to do. He'd been her first crush. Then he went and left Hope Falls in the dead of night and never looked back. But even now, ten long years later, she still can't stop thinking about the way he used to make her heart race, or the fact that he walked away from everything he knew and had...to protect her heart.
Justin Barnes knew from the start that he was no good for Amanda. Pain and heartbreak were the only things he could've offered the town sweetheart back then, so he left, doing the best thing he could for her and her bright future. But even after ten years, he still can't stop thinking about the girl who used to look at him like he'd hung the moon, or the fact that his good intentions for leaving have since stopped being good enough reasons to stay away.
He'll always be the one who took her heart with him when he left.
She'll always be the only one who's ever felt like home for him.
Is a decade apart simply too long to get past, or can the pair finally get their second chance at first love?
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Chelsea Davidson is the (even sweeter) alter ego of NYT and USAT bestselling author Melanie Shawn, and this is the no-explicit-content, no-graphic-language version of their Hope Falls small town romance novel series. Enjoy!
As legal guardian of her nephews for a year and a half now, you'd think Allison would have this kid-raising thing figured out. Nope. She's yet to gain access to the secret internal lie detector other parents seem to have, and is still losing the battle against the mysterious teen boy odors marinating in their room. Did she mention they're twins? As in double the trouble (thank goodness for forgiving town sheriffs). Really, she's just out of her depth here.
To be fair though, this wasn't meant to be a solo mission. Nooo. She was supposed to have had a co-pilot to help out from day one. Kade McKnight, real life action hero hunk extraordinaire, would've been the perfect male authority figure for the boys...had he not vanished off the face of the planet.
Well, it appears his holy-hotness has returneth. And now that Kade's on her doorstep here to stay, Ali isn't sure whether to hug him or slug him. She's leaning toward both...
After a year and a half away from the beautiful honey-colored eyes he'd always loved having stare up at him, Kade finds himself smiling for the first time in months. Sweet Allison Walsh. Still a sight for sore eyes.
Leaving town the way he did had been for the best then, truly. Having survived a childhood he wouldn't wish on his meanest MMA opponent, there's no way he could've been a good co-legal guardian. So, he'd set up financial support to help Ali the only way he could while he got his life in order. But, judging by her spitting mad glare, clearly, that had been far from enough.
Guess his road to redemption is going to be a tough one. Good. He deserves it. And Ali deserves to be the one to dish out his penance. That said, the very last thing Kade expects now that he's back to help with the co-parenting load is for Ali to start dating again. As in other men--men that aren't him. Nope, not happening. Not on his watch...