by Erika Marks.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: May 19th 2015 by Tule Publishing.
When aspiring-writer Mallory Reynolds packed up for New York City, she ditched more than her quiet hometown of Magnolia Bay—she left her high-school sweetheart, Josh Loveless, behind. But when the big city didn’t deliver big contracts on her novels, she turned to writing erotica under the pen name Farrah Ivory to spare her family any embarrassment. Soon, her scandalously-sexy series, The Lost Diaries of Scarlet, is a break-out hit. Just as Mallory begins to enjoy her sweet success, her publisher leaks her true identity and a media firestorm ensues. Exposed, she decides there’s nowhere to hide—except for home.
For Josh Loveless, getting over Mallory Reynolds hasn’t been easy, but he’s done his best to move on. For starters, he’s turned his love of the outdoors and rock-climbing into his own business. And just as things are starting to settle for him, he learns Mallory’s coming home to ride out her scandal, and suddenly his world is turned upside down again…
Can Mallory convince her friends and family that she’s still the same good-hearted girl they knew? And more importantly, can Josh trust the woman she’s become, and give her a second chance to rewrite their love story with a happy ending?
You want a sweet quick romantic read, than this is it!
Two people just walked away from each other 5 years ago. One whose pride wouldn’t let him ask her to stay and one who thought they would go together or make it work for a few years long distance since Mallory got into NYU’s writing program. That same day, Josh was going to propose, but he just let her walk away.
Now 5 years later, Mallory is back to hide now that it is out that she wrote some scandalous books under a pen name. Mallory ran into Josh on the street, literally, on her way into town. She almost didn’t recognize him with a beard. He had worked hard on opening his own business and just hadn’t made time to shave it. But their short meeting wasn’t at all what either had secretly hoped for.
Then when Josh does just come up to her and kiss her, both of their feelings were back and then some. But that’s as far as it got due to an interruption.
Mallory wants to write something else but her editor wants her to write more of the same stuff. Josh doesn’t want her anywhere near his business’s opening day at first, but then changes his mind. Mallory tries to ignore her agent’s calls. Her town knows all about her books. Some are okay with it others are not! Then of course, there is always a witch with a “B” that can ruin anything. SO when Mallory’s publicity people appear outside of the opening selling and handing out t-shirts and books. Mallory is mortified and Josh is angry.
But what I like about this book is there is no immature resolving this issue between the two this time. Five years can do a lot in growing up. Family supports each other in this book. There is humor. There is a guy with sculpted abs scanning a climbing wall. There is love in the looks between two people who have always loved each other and I sighed at the end of it all!