The synopsis doesn’t reveal very much so I’m not going to either. As this author is an auto read for me, I dove right in and was immediately drawn in until the finish. It didn’t disappoint.
Simply stated, this is the story of Rhett Bennett and Ainsley Rose. He’s her brother’s best friend, business partner and six years older. She’s a wedding dress designer and has been crazy about him since she was 15-years old. She’s back in Charleston, living in the same building, one floor down. He can’t stop thinking about her but doesn’t want to violate the best friend code. When the inevitable happens, both Rhett and Ainsley keep their relationship secret. Then something happens that tears them apart.
I loved this story! Ainsley’s unshakable love for Rhett was severely tested, mostly by him, and she was unwavering to a fault. Her commitment was admirable under heartbreaking circumstances and it had me in tears several times. Rhett’s reasoning for walking away, however logical, was maddening. The blunt reality of his situation was both enlightening and educational. Yet, I never questioned the depth of either’s devotion to each other. The road back was uneasy and realistic, sometimes impossible to envision. It’s never clear until the end whether it’s a possibility and I’ll leave that to your discovery.
The raw emotion captured here is difficult to describe. I could hardly put this down because I had to see this relationship through, whatever the resolution. I felt like I knew Ainsley and Rhett’s hearts because they were so skillfully defined, which made this an even tougher story. I never stopped rooting for them, even when they made boneheaded mistakes. I don’t want to provide spoilers so I’ll close saying the author “just” got everything right.
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About the Author
Prescott Lane is the Amazon best-selling author of Stripped Raw. She’s got seven other books under her belt including: First Position, Perfectly Broken, Quiet Angel, Wrapped in Lace, Layers of Her, The Reason for Me, and The Sex Bucket List. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and holds a degree in sociology and a MSW from Tulane University. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren’t enough happily ever afters in real life.
(Thanks to Social Butterfly PR and the author for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)