The Courage To Say Yes (Harlequin Romance Series #4390)

The Courage To Say Yes (Harlequin Romance Series #4390)

by Barbara Wallace
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The Courage To Say Yes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down, a must read
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
Hunter Smith makes a living looking at life through a lens. He's never in the pictures, and that's how things should be. After all, when you care, you always get hurt. His father taught him that - and that getting "the" shot is always the most important thing. Abby Gray is not exactly the best waitress ever, but then the diner in which she works doesn't have the highest standards. It is, however, across the street from the enigmatic man that sits in her section every day. She usually gets his order wrong, but he doesn't seem to care. She knows he's handsome, polite, and from the ever-present camera - she assumes he's a photographer. Warren is Abby's ex. She siphoned off a little of the household money for a year to get away from him, but even after months - he keeps coming back for her. That's the kind of relationship she was used to - having seen it all her life via her downtrodden mother, and when Warren came along and offered her a way out, she took it. She slowly worked up the courage to start fresh after seeing that he wasn't her "Prince Charming", and she wasn't going to let him back into her life. As much as Hunter tells himself not to get involved, he can't stop from warning off Warren when he bullies her at work. After all, she doesn't deserve the bruises he's seen on her wrist - and if her cowering didn't give away the environment she had been in, he didn't know what would. When the dumpy ex decides to challenge him, he steps up and fights. Abby is torn. She's surprised that someone wanted to intervene - but in doing so, she's out of a job and the small amount of security she'd had before the fight at the diner. She's even denied her last paycheck when her boss says he needs to keep it for the damage caused, even though he may have lost a couple of plates at the most. Hunter sticks around after the police are done with him - Warren stupidly decided to press charges - and makes sure that Abby files for a restraining order. The cops aren't much help, but she does file, and Hunter actually talks to the woman he's been watching for weeks. He knows he's put her in a bad position work-wise, but he's not sorry he kept that scumbag's hands off her. To make up for it, he offers her temporary work cleaning and organizing his apartment - which is completely cluttered since he's on assignment a lot. She grudgingly accepts when she realizes it's a decent idea, but isn't sure if she's ready to spend more time with the guy who really does seem like a prince. Hunter and Abby become friends even though they put up sturdy walls to guard themselves from feeling anything for each other. If that weren't bad enough, after another run-in with Warren, he firmly suggests she move into his guest room to stay a little safer. Even with him away for days at a time, they continue to grow closer. But with the way things are going - how can that be both a good thing and a bad thing? I really loved this story. Both of the main characters were genuine and heartwrenching portrayals of fairly wretched emotionally scarred individuals. I went into the book thinking that it would be the standard "Perfect guy saves girl in trouble" story, but it surprised me in the best way possible. It's really the tale of two people learning to mend themselves until they can come together as equals. Such a great book! Give yourself some time, because you'll most likely want to read it in one sitting - and keep a box of tissues handy. The words started to blur a couple of times, and I realized I felt like bawling. Touching and sweet - and the backstories were amazingly well-written.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS The Courage to Say Yes deals with some tough subjects in a good way I believe. Abby Gray left her boyfriend behind at least she thought she did. It took her a long time to get a plan to escape. I really don't have a clue just how hard it would be to leave. To be in that situation. Abby is getting stronger and fighting back. She still has a lot of issues dealing with self confidence of having been in abusive relationship. Her mom has and still is in one. Abby got a waitress job. She is living in a shelter. Hunter Smith does not get involved in things he stands back and takes pictures. He sees Abby his waitress having troubles and interrupts to ask for more coffee. He did not need any. Later when she gets off work he takes a shot of her. He notices the bruise on her wrist. offers help. Abby says she is fine she is handling it. Abby ex-boyfriend shows up at work again. She gets pushed back. Hunter's 5,000 dollar camera gets damaged. ex gets punched in face. Abby loses her job. Hunter offers her a temporary job cleaning his apartment getting his photos filed. His last assistant left things in a mess. Things get close fast between them. Hunter pushes her away but he ends up leaving town right after for his next assignment. While they are apart they video conference almost daily. Hunter is used to staying apart from everyone, because that was how his father raised him after his mother died. It does surprise me how easy and free Abby is to talk back to him so fast. I read this in one sitting. Did not put the book down. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley. publication: August 6th 2013 by Harlequin Romance 256 pages ISBN13: 9780373742554