Source: provided by Carina through NetGalley
Date read: October 13, 2014
1. Ugly Ducklings Finish First
2. Starting From Scratch
3. One Hot Second
4. Where There's A Will - Kindle
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Miranda Brookhaven returned to Bitterthorn, Texas to fix the past. Years ago, her father used her teenage romance with Coe Rodas to steal the prototype for a groundbreaking new automotive invention. Now her father's dead, and thanks to the convoluted will he left behind, she's stuck in town until she rights the wrong that lost her the man she loved.Thoughts on Where There's a Will: Oh, Coe. I must admit that you captured my heart. You went from furious with Miranda to able to see how you might have done her wrong all those years ago. I can TOTALLY appreciate a man who isn't afraid to admit he made a mistake.
Coe learned early on that life never goes according to plan. His dreams of hitting it big vanished when Miranda all but invited her father to take the only thing of value he ever had. But now the once-pampered princess is holed up in a condemned trailer on the edge of town...and everything he thought he knew about her—and about what happened between them back then—seems completely wrong.
Miranda's determined to give back to Coe all that he lost. If she can do that, maybe she can move on from the past. But Coe seems to be more interested in their rekindled passion than claiming what she thinks he deserves. She's got sixty days to convince him to cough up evidence that he's the original inventor—after that, the only way to transfer the patent rights over to him would be to make him part of the family, and she's not sure her heart can take another hit.
(I also pretty much adore his twenty second hugs and the way he goes about trying to make sure Miranda is taken care of when he sees something he can do to help her.)
(Also, also, TWENTY SECOND HUGS! HEEEEE!)
And Miranda. Poor girl. Admittedly, she can hold a mean grudge, but what happened to her all those years ago pretty much broke my heart. The fact she had pushed her pain aside and tried to pretend what had happened didn't matter to her now flayed me. She was just a big ball of pain trying to do the right thing without letting her emotions get the better of her. *weeps*
Once again, Stacy Gail has created a very real, wonderfully flawed couple who have to come to terms with the past before they can have a future. And, yes, Stacy Gail did make me cry. AGAIN. She excels at that. It's like her evil superpower or something. I've simply come to accept that she will drive me to tears at some point during her books. It will hurt. AND IT WILL BE GLORIOUS.
*slow, slightly damp thumbs up*