Aubrey left her small town in Oklahoma to pursue her dreams of being a Hollywood movie director. Just after being given a huge movie, she receives some news that shakes her to her core, making her realize all that she hasn’t done. Banff, Sweet Martha’s cookies (I live in MN, yall these are amazing cookies!!), snorkeling in Turks and Caicos, the Arch in St. Louis, and finding someone to fall in love with are just a few of those things. Despite being gone 10 years, she has never felt the love she felt with Cole.
Cole was blindsided when Aubrey left him 1 month before they were supposed to get married, but that didn’t stop him from following Aubrey’s career. As far as he knows she is living the life in California, not thinking of him at all. When his brother brings Aubrey to the bar everything flips upside down.
Can Cole and Aubrey pick up where they left off 10 years ago? What about her movie career? His fire career, he’s so close to being chief? The Haywood Farm?
I loved this book. It was sweet with heat. It was a true fairy tale romance. I really liked the side story with Bennett and Emelia but I also kind of wish their story had gotten a second book.
Another great book by LP Dover – get to clickin!
Bennett parked his truck and pulled out the key. “Yep. A lot of our high school buddies will be in there. They’ll be excited to see the famous movie director, Aubrey Reynolds.” He winked, and it gave me hope. If I could get him on my side, I had to believe I could convince Cole too. He reached over and opened my door. “If you don’t want to go in there with everyone, I’ll bring him out.”
Hands shaking, I nodded as my whole body started to tremble with nerves. “That sounds better. I don’t want to go in there just yet.”
Bennett sighed. “All right. I’ll bring him out.”
He got out of the truck and disappeared inside. Slowly, I exited the truck and walked toward the steps. My legs felt so heavy I doubted I could even climb up them. This was it. It was the moment I’d been dreading, yet looking forward to. I’d dreamed about the time I’d see Cole again, face to face. I already knew it wouldn’t be an easy meeting, especially considering how Bennett’s first encounter with me was.
Everything moved in slow motion as I waited for Cole to come outside. I stood at the bottom of the steps, feeling more vulnerable with each passing second. What if he saw me and then turned right back around? Getting him to hear me out wasn’t going to be easy.
“Oh my God, I can’t do this.” Heart racing out of control, I dashed to the side of the building. I peeked my head around the corner just as the door opened and Cole stepped out. I flattened myself against the wall so he couldn’t see me, and I was almost certain he’d hear me hyperventilating.
“What exactly did you want me to see?” Cole asked, laughing at Bennett. It was clear he’d had a couple of drinks already. “There’s nothing out here.” Hearing his voice brought up all sorts of emotions inside me. I’d missed him so much.
Bennett huffed, most likely thinking I ran off. “Never mind, brother. My mistake.”
Cole chuckled. “Come on, I’ll buy you a drink.”
I jumped out from beside the building, and Bennett stopped. “Wait,” I called out. Cole had his back to me, but he froze and turned around slowly. The second our eyes locked, nothing else existed. It was what I’d secretly hoped for. He might hate me, but there was no denying the bond we had. I felt the spark between us even now.