I've always been, Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn't the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Killing an entire pond of Mrs. Potter's fish when I was sixteen is one of many juvenile delinquent acts I've done in my past.
But now I am Lone Star's reporter, only reporter and I've come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don't allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in the dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I'm playing with fire.
Even though I've successfully avoided her for two months, I haven't forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I'm convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star's only reporter, Miranda Phillips.
I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she's tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can't afford trouble.
Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.
About the Author
Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats. She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013. She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list. She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom. Visit her website and be sure to sign up for her newsletter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Received an ARC for my voluntary review for netgalley. I went back and forth with this one, could not really decide what star rating to give, probably gave one too many, but again undecided. Well I did not really agree with some of the other reviews out there calling this a love story, but we all have our own opinions, that is why there are different reviewers and different genre, we can't agree and each one our own perceptions. I disliked Ryan he was a wuss and he continuously said thru out the book that he was a hypocrite, which he was. He wanted Miranda as long as others in town did not see him with her because he did not want his reputation tarnished. Then we have Miranda who needed some self respect, she needed to stop throwing herself at Ryan, honestly he was not worthy of her, we read how she had cleaned up her act, but the things she did, she did as a teenager. I do not like small towns who hold grudges, everyone makes mistakes, especially when you are young and have no supervision, but instead of helping this girl as they should have since she was growing without a mother and had an abusive alcoholic father. Another thing that was repeatedly said by Miranda, was how her and Ryan had a connection. How? All they had was a sexual encounter, which she would initiate. Ryan's sister was more mature and she was only 13. Of course at the end they get there HEA, and fell in love.
This was a very good read for me coming from a new to me author. I will definitely be looking for more from her. The writing was good and the characters were unique and intriguing. Miranda was the town wild child in her younger days and earned herself quite a reputation. Being the daughter of two neglectful parents set her on this path. She's different now. She's worked hard to make something of herself but the little town of Lone Star isn't quick to forgive and give her another chance. Then there is Ryan, wonderful loved Ryan who seems determined to ignore the flare of attraction between them. But he needs her help unraveling a mystery and she only wants one thing in return. Him! This is one I would recommend to everyone.