AUTHOR: Laramie Briscoe
Available @ AMAZON
REVIEWER: Pistol Annie
RATING: 4 Stars
A forced sentence leads to a reckless passion…….
When my husband walked out on me over a year ago, it devastated me. When the divorce papers came, it killed me. When we had to sell our house, it broke me.
But then he moved in with his new flavor of the month and told our daughter his new woman wasn’t into children. That pissed me off.
Now Riley feels abandoned, and I can’t make it better; no matter how hard I try. I’m desperate to help her adjust to the loss of a male figure in her life. The companion program that matches adults up with children who have loneliness and abandonment issues is my last hope.
The counselors tell me he’s doing community service hours, and I ask to sit in on his meetings with Riley. The minute I see him astride the matte black Harley, I know neither my nor Riley’s life will ever be the same again.
Community Service. Two words I should be thankful for, but I’m not. I resent the hours it’s away from building my business. The two previous kids I’d been paired up with didn’t work out because their mothers were more interested in getting in my bed. This next match with a little girl is my last hope. Unless this kid works out, I’m destined to serve time.
When they push her into the room wearing pink converse with a black dress, her crazy curls barely held back by the barrette in her hair, and studious glasses on her face, I can tell she’s scared – of new people, of change, of being pushed aside. Something inside of me breaks, and I want this girl to feel wanted again.
What I’m unprepared for is meeting her mom. The second our hands touch, there are fireworks, bright lights, and a picture of the future I could one day have. The future I’ve never allowed myself to wish for.
Community service becomes more than a chore, more than time I resent for being taken away from me. In the months that follow, I realize they’re just like me: they’ve been abandoned, left behind by the world, forgotten by those who should love them.
Thanks to the one last hope in both our lives – we found the light in the darkness we’d been searching for.
Okay. One little word – just a simple four-letter word. But when spoken from the lips of a small curly-haired girl, it meant everything.
Patrick (Trick) Tennyson proves to be a shining and unforgettable character. He’s had his share of troubles and woes and has spent time in prison. He’s not happy to find that he’s landed himself in community service where they’ve matched him in the Companion Program with an adorable curly-headed six-year old — until he meets her and his heart breaks open to new hopes and dreams.
Hadley earned my respect right off the starting line. Raising a daughter as a single mom myself, I felt her struggles and concerns and even the loneliness, along with the fear that goes along with making sure the needs of your child are met while working full-time to make ends meet. Hadley is a strong and determined single mom whose first priority is making sure that her young daughter is well-cared for and has all her needs met. After being abandoned by a husband twenty years her senior, who never wanted to be a father, she works hard to make sure life moves on smoothly always putting her child’s needs first.
I want him to break through her shell, like I haven’t been able to. I’ll help him as long as he takes interest because I truly believe he’s my last hope. If he can’t bring her back to me, I’m at a loss; I have no more ideas on what to do.
Riley, a little girl abandoned by her father, is precious! She’ll steal your heart and never give it back — and you really won’t want it back. The connection between her and the ex-con is endearing. This new-to-me author has done a terrific job developing the sweet and tender relationship between these two. Their interaction throughout the book is thoroughly captivating.
This is a heart-melting and touching love story that includes three very special characters. The story is told in dual points of view. Trick’s background seems to get the most attention — especially in the first half. There are very few secondary characters which was really somewhat of a surprise to me with the type of storyline. There is a running theme of overcoming your past and moving forward with your life. Two very bruised and battered characters that need a second chance at all that life has to offer — and the struggles to conquer their fears. And a little girl who gives them both the extra push to make it happen.
The cover – although some may find it very attractive — just didn’t do this story justice. First, there’s so much more to Patrick “Trick” Tennyson than what this cover represents. He’s not really a bad boy – at least not through and through. Sure, he’s made some unwise decisions and paid a high price for them. But I was on his side from the moment he set eyes on a sweet little girl, who was lost in her own way, along with her single mother. I was taken by his desire and intention to make life a brighter place for them.
Why not 5 stars? Repetitious overload. Over-telling the same problems these characters suffer or have suffered in their pasts grew tiresome. And although nothing major, there were more than enough noticeable editing problems to draw attention.
An Epilogue that offers a twofer view into the future of these characters at five months, and then jumps forward for another peek three-years later. This trio of characters were well-deserving of the bestest of happily-ever-afters! For a sweet read with a slow burn to the explosive heat and sizzle, this is a great choice.