Dani refuses to lose another parent due to her absence from their life. After pulling herself back together following the death of her father, she moves back to her childhood town to live with her mom. She’s slowly pulled back into the lifestyle she worked so hard to get away from ten years ago. She accepts that this is the life she has always been destined to live. Getting a job at the store down the road and hooking back up with her first love Gage, seems to be the logical way to go…that is until Holden Reynolds shows up in town.
Now that Holden is finally back home from the Navy he plans on following in his father’s footsteps. Still trying to move on from the one woman who had his heart, he busies himself in work and returning to the country boy lifestyle he’s always loved. The best way to get over someone is to get under someone, right? That’s his mindset as he travels town to town with his job perfectly content with being a rambling man…that is until he meets Danielle Brooks.
When Dani isn't leaving and Holden isn't staying will they be able to keep themselves from getting too attached? Or will they be just what each other needs to cut all the strings that have them bound?
“You can’t save me from me, Holden.” –Dani
What a great story of two people who have gotten lost along the road of life and find themselves as they find each other. Dani left town after high school graduation to get a new start in life and in the process broke the heart of her high school sweetheart, Gage.
Ten years later after the death of her father, she’s back and fighting with her feelings that she always needs to put others before herself. She’s back to take care of her mom who is dealing with taking care of Dani’s half-sister and brother, the local druggies. She thinks that what she wants doesn’t matter as long as she can keep everyone else happy, but at what price is she willing to pay for her own happiness?
Holden was heartbroken and enlisted in the Navy after high school. He is now back and working for his father and is so miserable. He knows he wants more from life but isn’t willing to push his dad for a change. Not until Dani comes along and he knows he wants things he never thought would be possible.
So when they unexpectedly meet and boy do I mean UNEXPECTEDLY, it is quite a situation. A compromising one at that, lol!! He’s in town for work and she’s at the bar to just have a good time. Dani is attracted to the hot and sexy stranger in town but she also still has feelings for Gage. She doesn’t know if she wants to play it safe and stay with Gage or take a risk and go for something that she wants in life. But believe me, Gage is not the sweet boy he used to be either!!
I loved how they each grew as a person along the way but also grew into each other. She is so torn between doing the right thing and being happy with herself and doing what she needs to do with her own life.
“You opened my eyes and showed me that every moment in life can hold beauty.” – Dani
I felt so bad for Holden. He too was pulled between living his own life or trying to do what his father had always expected from him. Before Dani, he always felt he could not make waves and pacify his dad. But when Dani comes along, all bets are off!!
“I thought I knew what it felt like to completely love someone before I met you, but I was wrong. So wrong. The love I had felt before doesn’t compare to what I feel for you.” – Holden
This is such a touching story and dealt with a lot of emotions that I’m sure some of us deal with daily. Do you sacrifice yourself to keep everyone else happy? Their journey is bittersweet and isn’t an easy road for either of them. Plus, with Gage, there are a few little surprises along the way that I definitely wasn’t expecting. The love that Holden and Dani have is so tender and I was pulling for them the whole way and give it 4 stars!