Hard Pressed - Kate Canterbary
Ask Me Why - Harloe Rae
I wasn't myself last night. I didn't mean to kiss you or fondle your backside or ask all those intimate questions. Thank you for pretending to enjoy it.
It was very noble of you to sleep on the couch while I was starfished on your bed. I couldn't help but notice it's quite large. The bed, that is. I swear, I didn't notice anything else when I let myself out this morning.
As you know, Talbott's Cove is a ridiculously small town and there's no chance we can avoid each other. Not that I'd want to avoid you, of course, but I'm not sure I can look at you without thinking of the forty different ways I made a fool of myself.
Instead of avoidance, let's try to be friends. We'll forget all about last night…if that's what you want.
Please burn this note after you read it—
p.s. I whipped up some cinnamon buns, too. Please enjoy them. I'm not sure why, but I couldn't get buns out of my mind today.
It was easy to read and addictive enough that I read it over the course of one evening but I had issues.
Braelyn owns a store that sells a little bit of everything and has a very nice candy section.
One day, a little boy comes into the shop and falls in love with the sweets, the store and with Braelyn. This gorgeous little boy is being raised by his dad - his mum is completely out of the picture - and essentially he decides he wants Braelyn in his life.
His dad, however, has other plans.
His dad has no place in his life for a woman. His dad, Brance, is an abrasive dickhead who treats romantic attachments to women with utter contempt and is beyond rude. However, he has some redeeming qualities in that he works hard, loves his kid with everything he's got, and looks very nice in and out of a suit... But he's still a dickhead.
Braelyn is emotionally damaged by a tragic accident several years before. Her store is her sanctuary and as it is slowly invaded by this little boy and his dad she starts to truly move on with her life. She starts to live again instead of just being alive. It was nice seeing her come back to life but I didn't like how she seemed to 'recover' from her PTSD because of a guy. Getting over his loss, moving on from the grief, I can accept but PTSD? It doesn't work that way... Sigh.
Braelyn and Brance (gah, the alliteration of their names annoys me) had a rocky start to their relationship but they did have chemistry. I enjoyed seeing Brance let her past his guard without quite realising it was happening and I absolutely adored the kid.
I guess the reason this book wasn't a fail for me - because Brance really was THAT mean at times - was that I'm trash for the mean boy who is gooey for his girl and ultimately that's what Brance was.