Genres: Contemporary Romance
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NEW SMALL TOWN ROMANCE RELEASE
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Ryan Shea has sworn off men.
After her last relationship imploded in front of her eyes, she decides to take a break from swimming in the dating pool … possibly forever. The brilliant computer whiz loses her brain when it comes to love, and jumping feet first burns her every time.
Without a home, or much of a clue where life is headed, taking a trip back to the small town of Fawn Hill to stay with her best friend seems like the only option.
Except it puts Ryan directly in the path of the one man she can’t fall for. Fletcher Nash reminds her too much of the dark past she’s always run from; his demons are the things of her nightmares. And it’s no help that, when he looks at her, she feels as if Fletcher is the one person who truly understands.
Fletcher Nash vowed not to fall in lust.
Five years of sobriety, and he hasn’t broken the chastity promise yet. Not that it had to keep for this long … he’s well over the normal year addicts are told not to get involved.
But, aside from a busy schedule and trying to chase his dream of becoming a full-time artist, he has no intentions of committing to a woman until she is the one.
Why is it, then, that sassy, city girl Ryan Shea comes dangerously close to resembling the exact woman he could break that promise for? Like sand through his fingers, there is no way she’ll stay put … but his heart just won’t listen.
They pledged not to love anyone until it was the real thing.
So what happens when two people terrified of falling head-over-heels, actually do?
Falter(verb): (1) start to lose strength or momentum, (2) speak in a hesitant or unsteady voice, (3) move unsteadily or in a way that shows lack of confidence.
Fletcher was going full steam ahead, starting at the age of 14. But you can’t keep this speed up, especially when it’s fueled by self-destruction and grief. And not when you are hiding from yourself. Fletcher may have faltered as he delved into the world of addiction, but he wasn’t the only one. Ryan had faltered and stuttered to stop herself. And maybe that’s why those two were so drawn to each other: they recognized the pain buried so deep yet the need to reach out and connect.
I think what made these characters so interesting is they were both willing to pull themselves up by their shoestrings, even if it was a painful process. Fletcher found definition in his world via his hands and woodwork, Ryan through coding and computers. And their attraction, and denial of said attraction, made it all the more fun.
This wouldn’t be a Nash brothers story if we didn’t get a visit from all of the brothers and the entire Nash clan. What we learn from Ryan and Fletcher is that even if you stumble, falter if you will, your support network will be there to help you. All you have to do is ask. And that’s the beauty of this family and Aarons’ writing; she gets it and passes it along for us to enjoy and revel in.