**THIS BOOK CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE**
Life couldn’t be any brighter for art dealer Christina Daniels. At the top of her career, she has no problem flaunting just how perfect her little world has become.
When tragedy strikes back home, Christina is forced to put everything on hold to return back to a past she’s tried so hard to escape. Including a love she regrets letting go.
Ian Whitman has only one regret and it was letting his first love walk out of his life. Now that she’s returned, his heart won’t give her up twice without a fight.
As secrets are revealed, can Ian soothe her heart while convincing her that a place she tried so hard to run away from is the place she’s destined to stay?
Will love get a second chance in the face of tragedy?
What do you when you have everything you thought you wanted but then realize you have lost yourself along the way?
Chrissy ran away to LA to escape the small town and an abusive mother that she so hated. In doing so she left behind her loving sister and the one man she loved without a backwards glance.
A tragedy bring Chrissy home to the one place she never wanted to return to and she is confronted by the realities of her own selfishness. She realizes that in trying to pursue her dreams she shattered the lives of those that loved her most, namely her sister and Ian, the love of her life. She also missed out on events and time being with people she will never be able to get back. That is a heavy cross to bear.
This story is about finding yourself after you realize the life you built for yourself is not all you ever thought it would be. Coming home has made Chrissy confront her demons and Ian. It also forces her to grow up and let go her painful past. There are things that you cannot change and we have to live with that for the rest of our lives but that does not mean that you have to let that keep you from being happy.
However, even though Chrissy is ready to let her old life go and possibly have the chance at a life with Ian, her life in LA is not ready to let her go. Namely the job and sort of fiancé she left behind.
Ian knows what if feels like to lose the love of your life all too clearly. He still loves Chrissy and will not let her go a second time. Making her see that there is a life together is his goal in life. His life is in this small town and he wants Chrissy to choose to stay. He is not above using his sexy charm and the memories of what they had to get his way.
I LOVED this book. I cried, I laughed out loud (got crazy looks from my husband more than once) and screamed at Chrissy and Ian more than once. Both of them needed a good smack in the head! Through it all Ian is the man most girls dream of falling for when they grow up.
Most importantly Chrissy’s journey was an all too familiar one for me. Leaving behind people you love because you think, that they and you, are better off with you gone is a very hard decision. Just because you leave people and a place behind doesn’t mean you let them go in your heart. Sometimes those people ARE your heart.
Be prepared with some tissue and wine because you will need both.
Thank you J.D Hollyfield for another awesome addition to the Love Not Included series,