Author: Laura Trentham
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after. Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind.
He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down. Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.
But when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve gotta throw away the rule book to cross the finish line… Everything changes when Darcy falls in love, not only with the gruff, protective, and smoking hot man who’s sharing her days and nights, but also with the complex tapestry of people who weave Falcon together. Could this be where she belongs – and who she belongs with?
Review: Oh, you people… I’m not a spring chicken and it’s not fair to me, keeping me up past my bedtime! But as the recent Facebook meme states, I consider a bookmark–whether virtual or paper–a quitter’s strip. And this intriguing story was so well-written and so wrought with feeling that I had to keep going to get every.last.drop out. I couldn’t stand to go to sleep without making sure that everything was going to be okay.
Abandoned by her mom, Darcy Wilde spent her childhood in Falcon trying to NOT be like her. Not to be trouble, not to make bad decisions. Raised by her librarian grandmother Ada, she’d gone on to get both a college degree and a great career in Atlanta. One phone call from her cousin Logan put that on hold; while out chopping wood, eighty-five year old Ada had broken BOTH of her hips and would need serious rehab time. So Darcy took a leave of absence from her job and headed back to Falcon. She owed Ada a lot and she intended to do what family does–take care of each other. She just hoped she could get back to Atlanta in time to keep the other people circling her research librarian position away. It was July now, and her leave ended in November–and the job they were holding would be up for grabs then if she didn’t return. And she really wanted that promotion! So, Ada had to get better by then, right?
The first taste of what it felt like to be home came to Robbie Dalton when he served in Afghanistan with Logan Wilde. Cousin Darcy’s letters would come filled with love and stories about the small-town life of Falcon, Alabama–making him homesick for something he’d never known. Raised in foster care and an even tougher military, Dalt’s view of the world was definitely not shielded by the slow-dripping rain of a southern spring. His memories of childhood and life were jagged and raw, not obscured by the softness of loving memories. Moving to Falcon and taking the job of head football coach of the losing high school football team had been a chance for a better way, a nicer life. If he could just get Darcy Wilde to see that he wasn’t using Ada’s kind nature to try to steal the Wilson place out from under her. His motives might not be pure–sure, he wanted the place. But he was willing to pay for it, and it was going to take a lot of work. And as far as he could tell, Darcy didn’t plan on coming back to life in Falcon near Ada anyway, which was a shame. She was squandering what he’d dearly love to have–a caring family that would take a child in when they were left alone–and he would know what happened when there wasn’t one. His life was basically the description writ large.
The best and worst thing about small towns is that everybody knows your business. And when someone says something they shouldn’t and the wrong somebody hears it…well, you know the drill. Rumors spread. They get around. And before you know it, you’ve got an uncontained brush fire on your hands!
We’ve got a hero who needs to be saved, a heroine who doesn’t want to save him, a football-crazy town, and a cast of characters that fill this crazy southern town called Falcon in a way that will be familiar and yet new. Meet them all and enjoy the characters, the relationships and the unfolding tension as push comes to shove and we all wonder…. can you go home again?
The writing is heartfelt, the romance is spot on, the dynamic between the main characters hot, and the town is a character all on its own. I really loved the people in this book and the town of Falcon, and I can’t wait for Logan’s book, coming next! Thanks!