Date read: April 20, 2017
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Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.Thoughts on Revelry: Oh, hai, broken characters. You were amazing. Even when you were so twisted up you couldn't see straight, I kinda loved you. You were just...painfully real. Damn you.
She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.
Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.
Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.
He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.
Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.
Anderson. He's a mess. He's trapped by his guilt and his need to punish himself for a tragedy he can't get past. He's broody and his days are an endless cycle of pushing himself so hard he can't feel just so he can get up the next morning and start it all over again.
Wren's appearance in the cabin next to his throws a wrench into his entire life. She wakes him up without doing anything more than being herself. She wakes him up and once he's done that there's no going back to the place he'd been wallowing in.
Frankly, Wren wasn't looking for anything more than a place to find her creative center again. Her divorce messed with her head in all the ways you'd expect something that big to mess with someone. She wonders if she made the right choice. She wonders if she's selfish to walk away from a ten year relationship. She worries and frets and she's caught in a loop and it isn't until Anderson shakes her out of it that she can see things a little more clearly.
But that takes time. Time and some sheet-tangling nights. And some soul searching.
There's just a lot going on with these two. In a good way. Both of them have to make some pretty big mental adjustments before they can see that they deserve happiness.
And that journey is simply lovely. Even when it's tough and teary. Even when hard words are said. It's lovely.