Her Sweetheart Brand

Her Sweetheart Brand

by Paula Altenburg

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Whoever claimed it's better to have loved and lost has never met Jess Palmer.

Small business owner and metalworks artist Damon Brand finally has his future in sight when his past rattles into town in a broken down car stuffed with designer clothes and sky high heels. The last time he saw Jess, he declared his undying love. In return, she stranded him by the side of the road, taking his boots, pants and the tattered remnants of his heart.

So much for the bright lights of LA. Failed actress Jessica Palmer arrives back in Sweetheart, Montana homeless, destitute, and desperate. She's hoping her grandfather will let her have her inheritance early so she can make a fresh start--anywhere but Sweetheart. No deal. She has to stay for six months and get a job to prove she's matured. Not easy in a town where she flamed all her bridges in order to flee a wild child reputation and her high school sweetheart.

With every door that's slammed shut in her face, Jess grows more determined than ever to prove she's changed, even if it means she must turn to her first love, Damon, for a job at his gas station. Surely 10 years is enough time for him to forgive and forget...

Previously titled "Her Secret Love" - Book 3 of the Secrets of Cherry Lake series

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150890763
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Series: Sweetheart Brand , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,725
File size: 445 KB

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Her Sweetheart Brand 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short but sweet, I enjoyed the characters in the story and will define give the other authors in the Sweetheart series a try .
Hpergo More than 1 year ago
Jess is back in town. Failed actress from LA, wants the rest of her inheritance to start over again. However, her grandfather has something to say about that. She will get the inheritance given she finds and maintains a job for the next six months. Unfortunately for her, the only person willing to give her a job is Damon. He is the owner of a gas station and her first love. The problem is, she didn’t leave things on good terms. Can she stick it out for the next 6 months or will she fail at this too? This was the first story I have read by Paula and thought it was quite enjoyable. It seemed a bit drawn out in addressing the incident between Jess and Damon; however that did not kill the story for me. I loved the banter between Jess and Aaron too! This was a great read in a fantastic series!
CArcidiacono More than 1 year ago
This was an emotional read for me. Brought back memories of school and not fitting in and the running wild behavior. Sometimes I think back and wonder what I was thinking and that one day maybe it would make for an interesting read. Jessica is not afraid to jump in over her head and to give her all. (I can relate to that). After losing her love, she returns home to Cherry Lake and is accosted with so many memories from her past, especially when she runs into Damon. Damon has not seen or spoken to Jess in over 10 years, yet there is still a connection- even after what she did to him. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
What an emotional, heartwarming story, that completely won me over. I love Jess and Damon, both as individuals, and as a couple. Damon is working hard, both with his art and with his service station, he is supporting his family, even at times his friends, and doing the responsible thing, so his family would never go without again. Jess was a troubled soul in high school, she had no filter, said things that were harmful, to cover up her over insecurities, things she saw as a failure in herself. What she really wanted, was some attention from her parents, and to be accepted, even though she made it difficult at times. Now she is back, and needing help like never before. And Damon is the only one, who accepts her, takes her in, and helps her out. Even after all the history they have together, that didn't end well at all. There were so many deep issues here, the need for acceptance, Damon's family struggling and his sacrifices to make it all work out, and Jess, how her dyslexia had affected her all her life, how she had been misunderstood most of the time. No, she's not perfect, but then again, who is?! Together Damon and Jess are adorable, they have passion, attraction, and also much deeper connection between them. They get each other in a unique way that only close friends do, and are there for each other when needed. I am loving this series so much, I think each story is just getting better, the more we get to know the folks of the town. They are genuine, honest to the fault, with the typical small town gossip. But what I love even more are the couples, how they respect, admire, and adore each other, and take their time to fall in love, without any big drama and angst beyond what life gives you anyway. These are stories that warms your heart, and makes you smile, and leaves you all in a happy state of mind. Jess and Damon are a great example of this, with their friendship, life goals, and the way they cherish each other ~ Five Spoons
Renae_D More than 1 year ago
Everyone Needs an Anchor My heart just breaks for Jess, to be so misunderstood. Damon had so much faith in her and is able to see under her armor, even when she broke his heart so long ago. It's hard to turn a new leaf, but Jess is willing to work hard at it. I love how Paula liked Damon to her anchor, more truer words couldn't be said. Sometimes everyone needs an anchor. Received an ARC for an honest and fair review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Jessica left Cherry Lake because she never felt like she belonged. So when the chance presented itself she hightailed it out. Now ten years later she is back. Damon is the guy she left behind with a broken heart. I have to be honest at first introduction, I did not like Jessica very much. But as the story went on and explained some of the backstory I developed a better understanding of the character. In hindsight she had to leave to keep her sanity and maybe it helped her to grow up some. Her Secret Love is a story of finding your voice, speaking your mind, growing up and moving on. I liked it.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
This is a heartwarming second-chance romance with a feisty lady who has a secret difficulty that she always tried to hide by acting up whilst in High School. Damon was her sweetheart then, knowing about and helping her until she left without any explanation. Failed actress Jess Palmer is returning to Cherry Lake after ten years. She has some happy memories about living there but some traumatic ones, too. She’s going there now to see her Grandfather after her much older partner, John, sadly passed away leaving her with her clothes, shoes and very little cash. The first person she renews contact with is Damon Brand - the one who declared his love for her shortly before she left him naked at the side of the road! Although her grandfather agrees to let Jess have her inheritance early to make a fresh start on her life, he’s only prepared to do so after she’s found herself a job that she keeps working at for six months - and not with any of the family. What a challenge for her, it will certainly call on her acting skills to convince someone to give her a job especially as she was something of a wild child when in high school there! The only person who will give her a job is Damon… Will this be the chance for him to get revenge on her for ten years ago? How will they feel about each other now? Will they have any chance of rekindling their youthful love now they’re ten years older? What will Jess do once she has her grandfather’s money? This is a story with great characters reconnecting in a small town situation. All the angst and turmoil of teenage relationships, maintaining personal images and denigrating those perceived as being more able are all revisited in this well written end engaging story. Whilst some of the characters from the earlier books in this series are also in this one, the book works well as a standalone, too. A great small community romance to escape into! Secrets of Cherry Lake series Prequel: Small Town Secrets by Roxanne Snopek Book 1: The Secret Son by Joan Kilby Book 2: Her Secret Love by Paula Altenberg Book 3: Her Secret Protector by Roxanne Snopek Book 4: The Secret Bride by Jeannie Watt Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
The last thing Jessica wants in her life is to return to Cherry Lake, with her tail between her legs. Broke and homeless she turns to her Grandfather Nate for help. He is willing to help but only if she stays in Cherry Lake for six months and works during that time. Finding a job was a little bit harder than she though, she burned many bridges when she was younger. Damon, owns the town garage shop, whom is willing to hire on Jessica. They were so called friends in high school, until one night and that did not turn out well either, a secret. During the six months, it was wonderful to see how Jessica redeemed herself and how Damon and Jessica grew together. This is a well written book and a great addition to the Cherry Lake Secrets. I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
An emotionally charged story. After a failed career as an actress, Jessica Palmer returns to Cherry Lake in hopes that she can claim her inheritance from her grandfather early. Her plan is to take the money and start over anywhere but Cherry Lake. But she is told she has to stay for six months and get a job. Damon Brand hadn’t seen Jessica in ten years. He had a crush on her back then and he thought he was over her. But seeing her again brings back lots of memories. In a small town, people aren’t so forgiving and no one wants to hire Jess. Damon decides to give her a chance and hires her to work at the gas station. He had one stipulation. Jess must wear shorts and a t-shirt to work. Hopefully he wasn’t serious. Jess knew it was payback for what happened ten years ago. Will working together rekindle what Jess and Damon once had or will Jess hightail it out of town the first chance she gets? I enjoyed Jess and Damon’s story and Jess’s reunion with the people from her past and how she redeems herself.