Author: Catherine Bybee
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads: Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.
She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.
While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.
But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved…again, this time for good.
Ope’s Opinion: While reading this book, life happened. I kept getting interrupted and couldn’t wait to get back to the book. That tells you how good it was! I wanted the world to stop, leave me alone and let me read!
It would have been a five chair, except the foul language and a few too many steamy scenes in it. If you can over look that, the story is amazing. There were some scary points in the book that made me hold my breath.
There is a third book in this series. I will be purchasing that one as soon as possible. I have really enjoyed Catherine Bybee’s stories.