by Lily Paradis
Published August 26, 2014
Publisher: Empire Books
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary/Romance
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.
Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?
Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?
I loved this book so much. So much. I connected with Lauren from the beginning, and Dean-the mysterious neighbor? Sounds extremely dishy. They were flawed, had stories that made you just want to hug them (especially Dean, his made me want to cry!).
I think I loved this story so much because of the premise: A young girl is left her siblings after parents have passed away. While I still have both my parents, I am the one they chose to take care of my siblings if they were to ever pass away. It just got me to thinking how I would react if I were in Lauren’s situation.
For having just learned about inheriting three kids, Lauren handles the situation fairly well. She has moments of panic, but what seems to bring her back down is Dean. Which I don’t know how I feel about, but their romance was sort of cute. There were times in the story that I just had to shake my head at her, but then you get a backstory, and her reactions begin to make sense.
I think Dean was my favorite character. He was a very complicated boy with a tragic past, who was trying to make a better life for him and his sister. I want a Dean Powell in my life. I just want to hug him really hard.
I found this book really hard to put down.