Author: Lucia Franco
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: August 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 273
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With his thick southern drawl and seductive charm, Luke is the country boy everyone adores. He has his future mapped out, but his plans with Olivia are suddenly derailed when she makes a decision that blindsides him, changing the path they both envisioned.
As Luke struggles to keep everything in check during a difficult time in his life, he must put his trust in the one person who broke it to begin with. The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today.
When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they've seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.
Things are different now—they are strangers—and the rope that once bound Olivia's heart to South Fork, Georgia is pulling her back in, forcing her to remember how it used to be all those years ago.
“Listen to the music, it tells a story…”
From the moment I saw this cover and read the teasers, I have been anxious to get this book in my hands. So I admit I was bit nervous going in and I only hoped it would live up to the expectations I had built up in my head. Lucia truly surprised me. She wrote a beautifully written, deeply sensual, love story that both sucked you in and made you want more.
Olivia and Luke had grown up together. They were each other’s best friends. Music and their love for one another bonded them together. Olivia loved Luke immensely but when they graduated college she wanted to escape their small town life for a bigger dream. Livy makes a decision to peruse her education in New York and her decision tears the couple apart.
Nine years later, Livy finally moves back home to their home state of Georgia. She has a new job, new life, but she still misses what she once had with Luke. It’s been years since they’ve seen each other but when circumstances bring them together, it also brings back the pain, hurt, and bitterness of their break up.
“Why you makin’ me fall In love with you, no complications, just easy and smooth love like the summer breeze that drifts through the leaves, baby lean into my kiss, every man needs his own whiskey girl like this..”
You could immediately see that the attraction was still there but so was the past. So much time had passed and they both changed over the years. Luke was still sweet, sexy, but oh so frustrating. Olivia had been holding herself back from fully giving her heart to someone else but when someone else comes into the picture she had to decide if she was truly ready to move on.
The book is told in third person and we get to see both past and present. I loved reading about their past. Livy and Luke had this loving, beautiful relationship. He was so sweet, caring, and you could feel the connection between two. I really felt all their emotions of their time together and as they fell apart. I enjoyed these characters. At times I wanted to shake them for their stubbornness but it made them real and I could relate to them. I admit I’m greedy and I wanted a bit more from them during the present scenes but I still really enjoyed the story. This was a great debut and I’m excited for more from this author.