Dayreader Reviews had the pleasure of reading The Trouble With Never, and I have to says I wanted more when it came to an end. Thankfully, after talking to Ms. Harper, I found out that this was just the start to a full length novel to be released a little later this year, probably early summer.
Ms. Harper's writing style is great and she has drama written all over it. She has me waiting for the rest of the story.
Summer McKenzie is starting fresh. With her soon to be ex-husband in
another state, she’s ready to start over in her small Texas town. That is,
until she runs into the one person that has never gone too far from her
memories, or her heart.
Since graduating college, Caleb Davis has planted roots in the form of a
thriving BBQ business. He’s got everything he’s ever wanted, except the
one woman that he could never have. It’s clear she’s had a painful past,
but he wants nothing more than to create a promising future.
Will she let love heal old wounds, or will she let her fears push him away?
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Crap. That was a name she hadn’t gone by in a long time. Coming home to a
small town made it impossible not to run into people, but after avoiding all
human contact for a week, she had been ready to come unhinged.
She glanced up from fumbling with her purse, keys, and phone to lock eyes with
a pair of startling blue ones. Taller than she remembered, he filled out all the
right places. His dark hair was a little unkempt in a sexy way, and the blue
oxford rolled up at the elbows showcased his eyes. His hands were shoved in
the pockets of jeans that fit snuggly over muscular legs. A woman would have
to be dead not to notice how the good-looking boy she’d once known had grown
into a handsome man.
“I heard you were back.” A quiet observation, not the accusatory tone she
received from so many.
She searched his face for judgment, but found only silent questions. She
mentally thanked him and softened a little.
“Yes, I’m back. It’s been awhile.” Waves of guilt ebbed at her. Her choices had
effectively severed a valuable friendship; one that she’d missed in the years
since they’d drifted apart.
“How’ve you been?”
Since it was more of a southern hospitality question than a nosy one, it made
her want to fall back on old habits. There’d been a time in her life when she’d
have told him anything, and vice versa. But they were different people now.
All the reasons why she stood in the middle of downtown Gardenia crashed to a
head. Heat and embarrassment colored her cheeks.
“I’m late for a class. I can’t really stay and chat …”
Easy enough to tell herself, when she wasn’t staring into the eyes of the first boy
she’d ever kissed. Even if she had been five at the time.
"I don’t want to make you any later then,” he grinned, his white teeth framed by
soft lips and dark stubble. He stepped to the side and motioned for her to pass.
“You look good.”
A flush stained her cheeks then drained as she realized she wore clingy yoga
gear. Unconsciously, her hands flew to her hair, still brown and twisted into a
messy topknot. She cringed. No words formed and she hated to appear rude.
“Well thanks, you don’t look so bad yourself.” Mentally, she face-palmed herself.
“I guess I’ll be seeing you around, then?”
“I’m sure you will.” She shrugged, waved, and continued toward her destination.
The last thing she needed on her new mission was a distraction. She didn’t
glance back as she hurried toward the car her mom had let her borrow.
Once in the car, she succumbed to the urge to steal one last glance at Caleb in
the rearview mirror. As she headed to class, something told her she’d need
more than downward dog to help her relax.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
For now, she is fulfilling her life with her husband and being a stay at home to her two young children, at home in Texas. When she’s not working on obtaining fitness certifications, writing a new contemporary Southern romance, or spending time with family, she’s probably enjoying a weekend in the countryside.