From Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips comes a powerful new story of love, hope and redemption, of finding light in the darkest places.
Fearless, an all-new emotional standalone by Carly Phillips is now LIVE!
Fall in love with the Wards…
Mechanic and garage owner, Kane Harmon is used to the wealthy beautiful women visiting his beach town. He doesn’t get involved because he knows most females would merely be slumming for the summer.
Except Halley Ward isn’t just passing through. She lives a solitary life in a bungalow on the beach. A woman tormented by her past, distant from her wealthy family, different from Kane’s usual fare of town girls who know his M.O.- Don’t expect more than he’s willing to give.
Kane rescues Halley and her broken down car from the side of the road and instantly he’s hooked. She says she’s not interested in him. He knows she lies. And he makes it his mission to bring her back to life, to return her emotionally to her family. To show her the colors around her were as vibrant as the ones she puts on her canvas.
Until past meets present and threatens all the progress they’ve made. Then it’s Halley’s turn to step up and stand up for the relationship and life she’s finally coming to believe she deserves.
Just finished reading this book and I have to say it was kind of hard since I couldn’t really get invested in the story and the characters.
I really enjoyed the beginning, the story started out great and it definitely had some potential to develop into an amazing romance but it was a bit of a downfall from there. It wasn’t a very exciting story, it doesn’t have a lot of drama or angst. It is also not a very refreshing story, it felt very cliché-ish at times.
I loved the characters in the beginning as well. It was very easy to relate to the heroine since she is an introvert and she’s shy and loves art—ME—but then it seemed to me like she lost her shyness pretty quickly which was not very realistic (in my eyes) since I’m shy too and it takes me for(freaking)ever to open up to someone. But I’m pretty sure that’s just an unpopular opinion.
If y’all love reading small town romances that are very light and drama free then definitely check out this book. I hope you get to enjoy it more than I did.
Now…what do you say to some Italian ices? Ever been to Hank’s?”
She shook her head. “I’ve passed it but there’s always been a ridiculous crowd of people out front.”
“Well, it’s worth the wait. Feel like going on the way home?”
She nodded. “If you can keep me occupied while we wait, then I don’t mind.”
He laughed. “I think I like that challenge.”
When they arrived at Hank’s, an outdoor ice cream and Italian ices stand, they discovered a short line. Not enough for him to have to entertain her, and before they knew it, they were ordering.
Because they also had ice cream, Halley changed her mind when it came to ordering and asked for vanilla ice cream with hot fudge topping. Kane got a red Italian ice.
They took their desserts and walked over to a short brick wall and hopped up, sitting side by side, legs swinging as they ate.
He finished his first. “Good?” he asked, putting his cup down beside him.
She glanced over, laughing. “Your tongue is red.”
He stuck it out at her and grinned.
“Want some of mine?” She held out the spoon of vanilla and chocolate mixed.
“No, doesn’t exactly mix with my cherry.” He paused, as if thinking of something. “Unless…”
“Hmm?” She raised an eyebrow.
“Unless I’m kissing you.” And before she could react, he leaned over and swept his tongue over her lips and into her mouth, devouring her quickly but thoroughly.
She moaned into him, leaning in close, savoring the warm cherry flavor he brought to her dessert.
Before she was ready, he lifted his head and met her gaze, his eyes dark and hungry. “Now that is how to eat an ice cream.”
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Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.