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A forbidden romance, on the heels of a small town scandal…
Stormy Black feels like the world’s oldest 18 year-old. Her mother’s alcoholism and nomadic lifestyle have robbed her of the normal childhood she was entitled to. And when Stormy’s mother decides to relocate them to a small town in the middle of nowhere, uprooting her during her last year of high school, it’s the final straw. She decides to break free from the chaos. Free from the sleepless nights of cleaning her mother up and putting her to bed, and free from the incessant ranting.
With graduation just around the corner, Stormy puts together a plan. She’ll find a job, save up some cash, and then drive off into the sunset in her battered old truck, leaving her bitter, irresponsible mother behind.
But even the best laid plans can turn to dust in the blink of an eye.
At the root of her mother’s erratic behavior lies a dark family secret, a truth that proves to be too much for Stormy to bear. It spins her whole existence on its head, leaving her alone and desperate for a place to go.
Being new in town, she finds herself on the doorstep of the only person she knows. Someone who helped her out of a jam once before. Brylan Knight is charming, kind, and breathtakingly handsome…everything Stormy never knew she wanted. He opens his home to her, providing the kind of compassion and warmth she’s never known before. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but, adding to the long list of disappointments in her life, he can offer her nothing more than friendship. With the buzz of a recent small town scandal still in the air, Brylan and Stormy realize that taking their relationship any further would jeopardize Brylan’s reputation, as well as his brand new career. And it’s a line that neither of them is willing to cross.
***Contains mature subject matter and may not be suitable for all readers. ***
*Previously titled as The Things We Carry.