Now, four years have passed and Chase finds himself a free man. He returns to Harmony Creek, ready to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding his shattered life.
Things are off to a promising start when he meets Kay Stanton, a young woman with a tragic past of her own. Despite a powerful attraction, Chase and Kay are naturally hesitant to become involved. That's why friendship feels like the safest option. But when passions ignite and love blossoms, a relationship that is destined and meant to be can only be resisted for so long. When Chase and Kay finally succumb to their feelings they realize being together feels more right and true than anything they have ever experienced.
But their love is soon tested. Chase's wild past still haunts and tempts him, and Kay is keeping a secret that could tear them apart.
I Stand Before You is a journey of hope and forgiveness, coming to terms with the past and moving forward. But mostly it's a story of two damaged people who take a chance, open their hearts, and find true love.
New Adult/Contemporary Romance genres. First in a series.
***Warning: contains graphic sexual situations, drug use, some violence, and profanity***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ms. Grey resides in western Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris College, as well as an MBA from Duquesne University.
She is currently working on Wickingham Way, the third installment in A Harbour Falls Mystery series, to be released in January 2014, as well as Never Doubt Me, second novel in the Judge Me Not series.
Other interests include reading, traveling, running, and cheering for her hometown sports teams.
There is a time when you want to engage your emotions and have them stretched and tied a little. This book came to me just when I wanted to be moved, to delve into a story that would make me want to stay up late. This narrative is compelling. The characters are memorable. S.R. Grey writes feelings with great authenticity, enough for it to resonate in your bones - I felt Kay and Chase's shame, temptation, desire and redemption. It's about two people who are learning to open up in order to trust, one slow piece at a time. I appreciate the fact that the story is layered and there are moments of desperateness where I was holding my breath or shaking my head or yelling at my Kindle.
My one critique about the story is that there are a few passages that get bogged down in too much detail. They go a little long or are wordy and do not impact the storyline. I thought it slowed the pace a bit. But truly, it is a small distraction to the pleasure of the book.
IN A NUTSHELL:
A touching and emotionally satisfying read, I look forward to reading more of Ms. Grey's work.
Thank you to the author for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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