You Can’t Go Home Again…Except For Summer Love.
Eat a stick of butter or return to her hometown? School teacher, Kinsley Bailey, would rather risk the caloric overload. Staunton, Virginia is laced in bad memories of a mentally ill mother, an estranged father, and the first boy who broke her heart. Yet the news of her father’s death has forced her return to the nightmare. Now in the heat of summer, Kinsley’s left unraveling the mysteries surrounding a house, an antique gun collection, a flabby basset hound, and a safety deposit box that no one in the family wants to discuss.
After a series of tough breaks, army soldier, Bastian Harris, desires the serenity of small town life in Staunton. Even with women signing up for his shooting courses and emphasizing their desires for a different kind of target practice, he keeps his nose down and his gun in his holster. Yet when a certain auburn-haired blast from the past comes blazing into his shop to sell her late father’s antique gun collection, he might have to reconsider the tranquil life and take up arms for the one woman he never could forget.
Former childhood best friends find comfort in each other while dealing with bitter pasts and learning lessons of forgiveness in Mills's debut novel, which launches her Summer Love contemporary romance series. Schoolteacher Kinsley Bailey returns to her hometown, Staunton, Va., After the death of her absentee father, who'd had nothing to do with her since she was eight years old. The situation was difficult enough without her running into and entering a business agreement with the only other man who'd ever broken her heart: Sebastian "Bass" Harris. The betrayals of his ex-wife and best friend pretty much cemented Bass's single status, but he's perfectly happy to make good no-strings-attached use of Kinsley's remaining time in town. When steamy nights are offset by meaningful conversation and joyous times with Bass's daughter, Kinsley begins to battle those old feelings. She's longer the na ve teenager Bass once knew, and she leaves him with two options: admit his romantic inclinations or let her go. Small-town connections between well-developed, moderately witty characters will leave readers satisfied and anticipating the sequel.
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This book starts with Kinsley getting a card reading when she was thirteen years old. The psychic tells her that she will never date her current crush, Bastian, and that the week before her 34th birthday she will be murdered.
Kinsley is a school teacher who has been summoned home after the death of her estranged father. She doesn't look forward to returning home to a town that holds a lot of bad memories. She hopes to be in and out after the will reading but of course nothing can be that easy.
Bastian has returned home after years in the military and is running a gun shop with his cousin. He constantly pushes off advances from the women in his gun training class until Kinsley returns to town.
I could not put this book down! There were so many emotions and an immediate connection with the characters in this story. I kept looking for references to the psychic and was hoping that she would be wrong about all parts of Kinsley's fortune. This book had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion and at the edge of seat for a few parts. I'm definitely looking forward to more books by this author!
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.