Title: Back to Us
Ward Cantrell always went for the long shot. But that recklessness cost him his college scholarship and his chance to play pro ball, and—worst of all—it ended his relationship with the girl next door. Neither the town nor the girl has ever forgiven him. Now he's taking one last long shot by opening a boutique distillery on the family farm he inherited.
Piper Morrissey spent high school in Ward's shadow, but she's come into her own in the years since. Maintaining her spotless image, and that of her family's winery, is priority number one. Nobody knows that she still yearns for her golden-boy ex. Or at least they didn't—until Ward agrees to sell Piper the land she needs to start her precious port line. The caveat? She'll need to date him for one month.
Ward hopes a month is all it'll take to convince his former sweetheart that while he's changed, his love for her hasn't. But when the chance arises to thumb his nose at the town that turned its back on him, he can't afford not to reject Piper's offer. Will that make her reject him and his love—for good?
Author: Christie Butler
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Apres Ski
Series: Shore Secrets #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: All for You
Published by Carina Press Source: Publisher
Published: July 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I was kind of excited when I was given the opportunity to read this. I was curious to know more about the Piper and Ward relationship. They were likeable characters that I met in Shore Secrets #2 – All of You. They were probably also in the first book – Up To Me – but I have not read that one yet.
Which brings up the point – you can read this as a stand-alone book, but be aware that the featured characters from the previous books do have active rolls in this book. If you haven’t read the earlier books, you won’t have the back stories on these other characters. If that is not necessary for you, then you can certainly start with reading this book first. Just be warned, it will also contain some spoilers if you decide to go back for the others.
Back to Piper and Ward and their second chance. Yes, this is a second chance story. BUT, they have mostly continued to be “best friends,” along with Ella (Book #1) and Casey, (book #2) and have been since grade school. There was only a few years gap in their friendship right after they “broke up” in college for what I thought of as a total overreaction. But they were only nineteen. Young adults that had no clue and were still succumbing to outside influences. I think they actually needed this extra time to grow up, learn who they were and what they wanted, and to become strong enough to overcome the obstacles thrown in their way.
For the most part this was a sweet little romance in a small town where everyone is in everyone else’s business. It had its moments. However, I had a hard time getting through this. It did not grab me and hold my interest. I kept falling asleep, or got easily distracted. I persevered because I sincerely wanted to see this couple find their happy ending, but the getting there felt like a long slog to me. I am not sure exactly why. Some of the dialog was witty and entertaining, and then I was rolling my eyes.
It has been a while since I was so happy to get to the end of book. Thank goodness it had a rather satisfying ending. Actually, I liked how everything was resolved for Ward and Piper’s happy ending. Sadly, it was the best part of the book for me.
Lovers of the contemporary romance in wine country may enjoy this book more than I did. The wine country factor is interesting. Throw in some distilling of whiskey and I did learn a few things I didn’t know I wanted to know. The story was ultimately worth reading.