One look at the sixteen-year-old, prim and proper town goody-two-shoes, Hennessy Hanes, and Tate Casey knows he’s in trouble. He knows he should stay away from the preacher’s daughter, but there’s something about her he’s drawn to, and he can’t resist the pull.
The more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that something isn’t right. He may not be able put his finger on what it is, but he’s determined to find out what’s going on with the girl with the haunted eyes.
Tate didn’t anticipate that someone else would be just as determined to keep Hennessy’s nightmare a secret, and he never realizes just how far that person is willing go to keep those skeletons in the closet until it’s too late.
With the very real threat of jail time hanging over his head, Tate leaves without a backwards glance at the town or the girl. The problem is that out-of-sight doesn’t necessarily mean out of mind, and it’s Tate who’s now haunted by his decision and memories of Hennessy.
Hennessy Hanes knows better than anyone not everything is always as it appears to be. After years of being on the receiving end of her squeaky-clean preacher father’s abuse, she seizes an opportunity to leave it all behind and runs.
Her only regret is that in walking away she loses any chance with the one person who tried to save her.
Fast forward ten years, and they’re both back where they started.
Tate was never a good boy, and it turns out that the man he’s now grown into isn’t all that much better. Anger is a living, breathing part of him, and there’s a court order forcing him to seek help from the one person he’s never forgotten.
Hennessy never thought she’d see Tate Casey again, and certainly not on her couch. But now it’s her turn to save him, and there are rules she must follow as his psychologist, not to mention a court order instructing her to help him manage his anger. If she doesn’t follow those rules, he’ll end up back in jail.
Tate Casey has never been a man who followed the rules, and Hennessy is no longer the straight-laced, timid preacher’s daughter she once was.
His hands may be tied, so it looks like for the first time in Hennessy’s life, she’ll be the one breaking the rules for the chance to finally get what she’s always wanted. Him.
Tate and Hennessy have crazy/ heart touching story.
When Tate got out of prison, he decided to keep his head down and stay out of the public eye. When he got court ordered counseling, he knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. Why? Because his counselor is Hennessy, the girl he has had eyes for since he was in middle school.
Hennessy is the preacher’s daughter but that doesn’t mean she has had an easy life. She hides her pain and suffering while trying to help others with their problems. But that is how she is, she has a heart full of gold.
Tate knows that having any sort of relationship with Hennessy would not be good. Why? Because he’s worried that the town will judge her for being with an ex-con.
“There’s nothing I can say to you that’ll cause this all to turn out any differently. I’m broken. Always have been, always will be. Ain’t nothing you can say to fix that.”
What Tate didn’t realize was that the town people would be the least of their worries.
When they least expect it, Tate and Hennessy will learn that their lives are connected in more ways then they ever realized.
Tate and Hennessy don’t have a conventional relationship. They have everyone and everything against them.
In the end, can they survive everything that is thrown their way or will it tear them apart?
“He smelled like mint, tacos, and beer. Three of my favorite things in the world, all rolled into one.”
Tate and Hennessy are great. They each have strong personalities but they also both care deeply about those they love.
This book had me laughing and crying and then crying again. Lani defiantly knows how to make the water works come.
I am so excited to see what’s next in this series.
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Romantic Suspense and has a love for all things romance. Lani is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world…that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.
This sounds like a book that will tear at your emotions.
Sounds intriguing! Might need to grab a copy 🙂 Great review!
When I first started reading the synopsis and it mentioned a sixteen year old, I looked at the cover and thought it was a little inappropriate, but learning that it mainly takes places 10 years later made me breath a sigh of relief. Sounds a very interesting book.