First love. Second chance?
As the daughter of a hoarder, Phoenix Fuller had a tough childhood. So when the handsome, popular Riley Stinson became her boyfriend in high school, she finally felt as though she had something to be proud of. Phoenix was desperate not to lose him—especially once she found out she was pregnant. Yes, she might have acted a bit obsessive when he broke up with her. But she did not run down the girl he started dating next!
Unfortunately, there was no way to prove her innocence. Now, after serving her time in prison, Phoenix has been released. All she wants to do is return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son. But Jacob's father isn't exactly welcoming.
Riley doesn't trust Phoenix, doesn't want her in Jacob's life. He is, however, ready to find someone to love. And he wants a good mother for his son. He has no idea that he's about to find both—if they can forgive the mistakes in their past…
This was such a great story! I think the death of Lori, and the idea of Phoenix doing it deliberately, well, has been in the series from the beginning! So it was really great to finally get the true story-and to have that story get out!
I loved that beginning, with Phoenix meeting Jacob for the first time since she gave birth to him in prison. That was just such a sweet beginning, and I think all of them dealt with it in their own ways, the best way that they could!
I can identify with Lizzie, Phoenix's mom. I might not hoard, but I collect books. And I keep a few, few, things that I think might be useful later. And I push people away because I know they won't like me, so I make sure that they don't.
Really, really enjoyed that ending, with the truth coming out, and having Phoenix vindicated. that was such a wonderful ending! That the people that blamed her most, knowing that they were wrong, and knowing what was right, yeah, such a great ending!
Favourite lines: "'Wow, be careful how you wield that thing.' 'Wield what think? My pool cue?' 'No, that smile of yours. I'm in love, so I'm immune. But I'm afraid this poor bastard has no defence.' 'Mind your own business,' Riley grumbled. 'What about this poor bastard? When Kyle pointed to his own chest, Phoenix could tell he was doing it to goad Riley. 'In case you haven't noticed, you're not even in the running,' Lincoln replied, and laughed again when Kyle flipped him off." Oh, they are such a great, close group of friends! Love reading about them, and their teasing!
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was another great instalment to this series!
Author: Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek #8
Read: May 28th, 2015
Reason Why: Really enjoying this series! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book and a WoW Book!
Published: March 31st 2015