I’ve been in love with my best friend Katie Walker for as long as I can remember. We may have shared our deepest, darkest secrets but that one I’ve kept to myself. Before I got the courage to confess my true feelings, my cousin Gabe moved to town and swept Katie off her feet.
I should’ve admitted how I felt but couldn’t—especially once they got married.
When I caught Gabe cheating on his pregnant wife, I snapped. A deadly fight erupted and before I could comprehend what happened, I was charged with his murder and sent to prison.
The day I’m released, I go straight to Katie’s house. But after pushing her away for a decade while I was behind bars—she slams the door in my face—wanting nothing to do with me.
While she’s determined to pretend I don’t exist, this time I’m not going anywhere.
PUSHING YOU AWAY is a slow burn, angsty friends to lovers romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It's book 1 in the Noah & Katie duet and must be read in order.
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Noah and Katie. Katie and Noah. Best friends growing up, hiding their true feelings from one another. Until one day Gabe shows interest in Katie leaving Noah with regrets. An accident happens when Katie is pregnant leaving Gabe dead and Noah in prison. He’s so filled with guilt he pushes Katie away. Fast forward 10 years and Noah is released from prison. The first thing he wants to do is see Katie but she wants nothing to do with him because of all the hurt he inflicted on her when he ignored her. Noah is going to have a lot to make up for if he can ever get her to talk to him. This story has some angst, mystery and a lot of feelings. Good read that has me waiting on the edge of my seat for the second book.
Katie and Noah
What can I say besides how much I loved Katie and Noah!!!
10 years of jail didn't change how Noah felt about Katie. However, Katie has changed in those 10 years. Can she forgive Noah for what happened?
This story has a little of everything from heartache, to happy moments, and all that comes between. I can't wait for the next book in this duet because that ending, um.....wow!
Returning to Your First Love
Gabe and Katie were best friends growing up. Everyone but them seemed to know that they each had a crush on the other, one they never acted on. When Gabe confronts Katie’s cheating husband, and accidentally kills him, he goes to prison for a decade. The book picks up when Gabe is out of prison, after denying Katie the chance to write or visit him. He knows he has to make it right. Slowly, they build back up to a friendship and then more. But not everyone in their small southern town is happy Gabe is back and this first book in the duet ends in a cliffhanger.
I thought both characters were relatable - they are hardworking people who are dedicated to their friends and family. I am looking forward to the conclusion!
I have not read the first duet in this series - the subjects of that duet, Gemma (Gabe’s sister) and her husband Tyler, are featured in this book too. I do not feel like I missed anything but it would give you more background if you read those first.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review.