(The Cove #2)
by Leaona Luxx
Hardy Turner… All I wanted was some fun. I never expected that meeting him would turn my life upside down. I hate him. I love him. Now, there’s more to lose than just my heart.
Thayer Hamilton… I told myself I’d never allow this to happen. I want her more than anything, even though I shouldn’t. She doesn’t know, she’s my best friend’s little sister.
My fate was sealed a long time ago. Loving her was never in the plan. When my past takes us by storm and the creek rises, who will we be left standing? When standing still, is all that’s left to do.
Will we survive the flood?
Review by Becky Grover
Still Creek is the second book in The Cove series by Leaona Luxx. It is also only her second book, which is quite impressive because it is written so well. I did read it as a standalone, because I haven't read book one and it worked just fine by itself. This story is packed full of emotion, angst, and character growth.
Thayer and Hardy meet by chance during a weekend away and have an instant connection. That is, until she is surprised that Hardy hasn't contacted her or answered her messages. Thayer can't figure out why and hurts her, but also, it pisses her off. She is a no-nonsense kind of girl. She is super sweet and kind, but she doesn't beat around the bush either. She is very open and honest. Hardy has a very rough past history that he has let define him completely. Just when life for him seems to get comfortable, someone from his past keeps popping up to remind him that he is nothing, just to make sure he stays broken and alone. Hardy continues to push Thayer away regardless of her efforts to reassure him and fight for him. He can't see himself the way everyone else does, deserving of love.
This was a fabulous story of a strong woman fighting for the man she loves, and for her man to claw his way out of his pit of self-loathing. The support and love from Thayer's family is strong throughout this book and felt through the writing. The characters were well-rounded and with clear personalities that made them easy to get to know and visualize. This made the book so full of feels I wanted to climb in for a group hug at times, lol. I would have loved to have had a little more sense of who the characters were earlier in the book, as it was hard for me to picture them at the very beginning in the club, but that is eventually remedied and quickly forgotten as the book hooked me in so well I couldn't put it down. The sex is so hot, too. I loved the quick bathroom scene early in the book at Thayer's parents' house! Whew!
I look forward to reading book one, Cherry Grove and whatever Leaona has in store for us next!
reviewed for Sweet Spot Sisterhood