Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
St. Martin's Press
Kat Cavanaugh was sixteen when she hitchiked out of Persuasion, West Virginia, and vowed never to return. Who could blame her? She'd just stumbled upon her father's adulterous affair, found out she was pregnant, got dumped by her boyfriend, and kicked out of her house and school... all in a single afternoon. Twenty years have gone by and Kat's back--gorgeous, rich, and looking for an apology from everyone who'd turned their backs on her. First on that list is Riley Bohland, the boy who broke her heart before she could tell him about the baby.
But Kat didn't count on Riley having his own axe to grind, or that he'd be just as delicious as he was at sixteen. She also didn't count on her heart opening at the sight of him. When their anger ignites a passion intense enough to burn through two decades of secrets and lies, Kat must question everything she thought she knew about her past. And what about her future? The only place to find the answers may be in Riley's arms....
This is not the typical type of book you would catch in my hand but lately I have been reading just about everything. It took a while before it had my full attention but that could have been because I don't typically read books that are just love stories without a twist of some sort. Once the book finally had my attention it hard for me to put it down. As Kat's secrets unravel so do the lies everyone has been telling. As each secret is revealed you are enticed to continue reading to find out what other juicy information is going to be revealed.
As secrets and lies come undone Kat's high school sweetheart and her begin to return to the past and relive their relationship. As Kat begins to spiral down that path with Riley, and as she begins to open her heart again to Riley you begin to open yours as well. I was head over heels for Riley as I read this. Not only do you feel what Kat feels about Riley but you begin to hate the people she hates and think other people are crazy when characters in the book think they are crazy.
I think for the first time one of my favorite characters in a book was not the main character in this book. Instead, it was the inn's keeper-Madeline. She was like the gossip queen; she heard and saw everything that went in Persuasion. What makes her my favorite character is the fact that everything she does or says you can't help but laugh because of the way she acts or speaks. She just has that personality that nothing she does or says can be taken seriously.
For being a romance novel that was not a paranormal romance or forbidden romance I truly enjoyed reading this book.