Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.Pages: 316
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he's forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.
The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.
If I’m being honest, I bought this book simply for the cover. (I mean, have you seen it? Yowza!) Also, because I fell in love with Barbara Speak in St. Louis and may or may not have stalked her for a few days. But let’s talk about the book, shall we?
The book starts with poor Ari basically getting the shaft in life and she continues to live in Hell throughout the story. She had one reprieve from this hell… Canyon Michaels. As someone who has spent her fair share of time around cowboys, I can honestly say that Barbara Speak truly captured the essence of the cowboy. He is perfect. From his laid back ways to his work ethic, he is a cowboy through and through.
”In that moment I realized I was helping him somehow just as much as he was helping me.”
The evolution of their relationship was one of my favorite things. It was a slow and natural progression. Though the timeline may have seemed quick for love, these two experienced enough to test their feelings for each. Plus, they are young. Love always works a little faster when you are young, doesn’t it?
There were a few layers to this story. Ari had her issues and they were a plenty. She had ongoing family issues, but she had one major issue that isn’t entirely revealed until the end. She was a sweet girl who deserved none of the problems weighing her down. Her relationship with her sister was just as precious as the one she had with Canyon and at times I was heartbroken for them both. Canyon has issues of his own, but he tries to handle them the only way he knows how: hard work. He shows extraordinary kindness and patience while helping Ari. He really is a dream.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. The characters were well-developed and the story kept my attention until the end. The sequel is coming out soon and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!!!
4 stars and pair it with an Absolute Banana Crush. Cheers y’all!
Barbara Speak Books:
Let it be Me: http://amzn.to/1Li2nZk
Affliction (Finding Solace) http://amzn.to/1VjUjfm
Finding Solace (Flawlessly Broken trilogy Book 1) http://amzn.to/1O5dg1c
Fearing Regret (Flawlessly Broken trilogy Book 2) http://amzn.to/1WuEXSy
Fighting Fate (Flawlessly Broken trilogy Book 3) http://amzn.to/1ODhxsO