Jace Cooper always hated Fox Creek. Guilty by association, he took the blame for a crime committed by his friends one wild night four years ago. Recently paroled, he returns to his hometown, unsure of why he came back.
With most of the town pulling up their welcome mats and closing the door on him, he has to find the one reason he wants to stay. Was it the familiarity? Was it his desire to rekindle broken relationships with family and friends? Or was it Annie Martin, his ex-girlfriend he left broken hearted?
Reunited for the first time after all of those years, they discover intense sexual passion, igniting new feelings Jace has never felt before. Is it lust, or is Jace Cooper falling for Annie Martin?
He must make a decision – stay in Fox Creek and act on what he is feeling, or go to a different town where no one knows his name or his past.
Interesting, different kind of setting in this novella.
The author paints a picture of the adjustments Jace faces, as he is paroled after four years in prison.
I admired how Jace took his responsibility, even though he was guilty only by association.
The judgement from the small town at his arrival, the difficulties to find a job, start over, puts Jace's patience to the test.
Annie was the girl he left behind during the teenage years, breaking her heart, and hurting her family. When Annie and Jace meet again, the attraction and connection is still there, and they don't hesitate to act on it.
This was a bitter sweet, sensual novella. It was well written and gave a good foundation to the rest of the series, where Jace and Annie's story continues. Even though it has a 'happy-for-now' ending, it was satisfying enough, and the story doesn't feel interrupted at the end. Three spoons for this novella.
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me