A Sapphire Falls Novel
by Erin Nicholas
Only one thing has not gone according to Kyle Ames’s grand life plan.
She was his first love, the woman he planned to marry, the one that got away—all that romantic crap.
Two years ago, Hannah broke his heart. Which has been, well, not exactly fine, but he’s handling it because he doesn’t have to see her every day. In fact, Kyle had planned to keep up with the not-seeing-Hannah thing for at least a couple more years. Or a couple more decades. Or forever. But now she’s back in town to help her grandmother, Kyle’s patient and one of his favorite people, recover from hip surgery.
It’s only for six weeks. Surely Hannah can survive living in her hometown and helping her grandmother for six short weeks. If she doesn’t leave the house more than necessary. And puts on a show of being the same girl everyone remembers. And absolutely avoids Kyle Ames.
But that strategy evaporates the moment she sees Kyle again. And then things get worse—way worse. Kyle plans to also put on a show. To make Hannah’s grandmother happy, he’ll pretend he’s completely forgiven Hannah and wants her back. He doesn’t. But he and Hannah are the only ones who know that. And the pretend seduction quickly starts feeling far too real…and Hannah’s having a hard time remembering that she’s supposed to be resisting the whole thing.
And then there’s the not-so-tiny complication of falling in love with Kyle all over again. And the fact that he’s falling for her too. And that they’re both realizing maybe this time they’re doing it right.
But without a stern pep talk before you step out the door, you’ll end up making one of the Blue Brigade ladies cry or saying something horrible about Dottie’s potpies or admitting that you know nothing about football and you’ll end up with a fork in your forehead.
…he listened to Elvis when he wrote his creepy, gory novels and ate oranges like he was trying to ward off scurvy. Not that she had anything against Elvis or oranges. Actually, she thought it was kind of sacrilegious to kill people off while listening to the King. Kade said that all that optimism and cheese and happiness in the songs made him homicidal.
Kyle was organized and scheduled and routine-oriented and… rigid. And that a lot of his social time was spent with people twenty to fifty years older than him, often involved manual labor, and seemed to be a perfect way for him to avoid socializing more.
I don’t care about matching bras and panties, Hannah… Doesn’t matter if they match once they’re on the floor…
I am seriously behind as this is book number eight in the series and my first time reading a Sapphire Fall novel. What is wrong with me? Erin Nicholas is a recent discovery for me as well, but I plan to make up for lost time and pick up her books whenever I can. I enjoy the small town community that she has created as well as her uniquely quirky and recognizable characters. I did not fully appreciate Hannah at first, but I had complete empathy and understanding of her past behavior by the conclusion. Written from a dual POV, the storyline was busy and well balanced with humor, inner musings and insights, angst, bawdy talk, and a few bits of scalding hot steam. I will be looking forward to more trips to the quaint and peaceful Sapphire Falls.