There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He'd let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He'd perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rearview was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn't just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you. Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She'd saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren't tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she's forced to see that things aren't always as they seem. The people who she'd left behind might not have been saved at all. In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper's sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.
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What an enthralling start to a new series! Where There's Smoke is nothing like I expected it to be and everything that I needed it to be.
This novel really showed how much range Elizabeth Lee has as an author. I loved that she changed it up while still keeping her usual style intact. One of the things that I have always loved about this author's work is the witty, sarcastic bite in the character's dialogue. Where There's Smoke delivered.
So what's this book about? I have to be vague. Basically, this is a second chance romance between two high school sweethearts. They set the town on fire (literally) back in the day and were torn apart. Feelings were hurt. Trust was stolen. Hearts were broken. So... imagine the drama when Piper returns to town to see her dying mother. She's not exactly welcomed back with broken arms - by her step dad or Ryland, her high school sweetheart. In fact, the only thing that Piper and Ryland can agree on is that they need to watch out for Piper's little sister, Hadley. Could that be the one thing that brings them together? I can't tell but I will tell you that some CRAZY stuff happens. Crazy, crazy. Like crazy enough to send Piper, Ryland, and Hadley on the run. Gotta love three fugitives ;)
All in all, this is an exceptional read. It's action-packed, mysterious, sweet, and sensual in all the right places. All that crazy that I mentioned other is balanced off with a realistic take on rekindled love. Plus, there's a great side story that's developed in the background. I can't wait to get my hands on There's Fire later this year to read Hadley's story!
About Elizabeth Lee: When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand. Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination! Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!
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