(Welcome to Carson, Book Two)
by Renee Harless
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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A broken heart and shattered dreams...
Austin Connelly had it all: loving family, a growing and profitable business, the perfect woman warming his bed at night...
When she completely disappears from his life, well kept secrets begin to emerge. He finds out his best friend’s girlfriend is also his half-sister, and he believes someone is sabotaging his company.
Austin thought he and Nikki had something special, but when she returns suddenly announcing her pregnancy, he can’t control his hurt and anger, but the pull and attraction become too much for him to ignore and he finds himself in her arms once again. He's thrust back into the emotions he's held onto since Nikki left him.
Nikki Deveraux never had it easy growing up. As a part of a wealthy family, her parents cared more about their bank account and affairs than they did about their only daughter.
Watching their marriage crumble before her very eyes she swore that she’ll do whatever she can to protect herself from succumbing to that kind of pain. With no desire to find “the one”, Nikki finds herself torn between love and fear when she discovers herself pregnant.
Taking a chance on her heart, Nikki works to rebuild her relationship with Austin after running away scared and when she uncovers someone stealing money from his company she fears he'll give up on his dream of happiness yet again.
Will he take a chance on her? Will he let her back into his heart? Or will the ghosts of his past shred him further?
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Review by Barbara
What a Suspenseful, Heartwarming and at times Tender Romance. This is one of those stories that just makes you feel good all over! Even during the tough scenes when things go badly. The author has a wonderful way of drawing you in and keeping you hooked til you get through it!
Austin and Nikki have both been through their own personal kind of hell! Austin’s world was totally destroyed when Nikki ran off and Nikki ran because she just could risk tying ruining Austin’s world when she found out she was pregnant. But Nikki goes through her own hell away from him and realizes she has to come back and Austin about the baby. That is where this story starts; when Nikki waltzes in and announces to Austin and his family she is going to have his baby!
So why happens next? Can they get over their past and remain friends for the sake of the baby? Can Austin let her in even as a friend, for the sake of their child, after she all but destroyed him when she left the 1st time? And what about the troubles at Austin’s work? Is it all tied together and will we get answers to the his work troubles in this, book 2 of the series?
This is a remarkable story that I can't recommend enough! 2 Thumbs Up for another great addition to the Welcome to Carson series. A series this read is anxiously awaiting the next installment to!
Review by Kathy
I absolutely adored Coming Together. I love the other books in this series, but this book has stolen my heart. The storyline was well written and did have those annoying scenes that make you want to strangle someone, where they take forever to get to the root of a problem or what's on their mind, you know, their shoulda, woulda, coulda's!! This storyline flowed effortlessly in it's telling of Nikki and Austin's story. Of course this story wouldn't be complete without the rest of the family that we have come to love in the previous books. But this one was a tad different in that when Nikki comes back after running away, she isn't alone and right off the bat the cat is let out of the bag and Austin is completely thrown for a loop. She shattered his heart by leaving, now he doesn't know what to do with this new information and he is angry....really angry.
The characters, of course, are so well written and well defined and we get a glimpse at two new characters who will be making Carson their home. And as you may have guessed, they are hot as all get out and their sights are set on Austin and Logan's sisters Sydney and Everleigh. Oh, these four promise to make quite the interesting story!!
But not everything is all easy going as Nikki and Austin try to re-kindle their love, there's some evil doings going on with Austin's business, and the intrigue only heats up as these two continue to find their way back to what they once had. Danger is lurking and they need to find out just who is trying to not only take down Austin's business but him as well.
This story will grab you from the first page and not let go until you reach the very last page. I highly recommend this book!!
Their dinner ends not long after, and having won the argument, Austin pays the bill. With his hand on the small of her back, he ushers her out of the diner and onto the busy sidewalk. Carson townspeople move back and forth across the walkway, still busy hanging stars and twinkling lights in preparation for their New Year’s bash; a party that brings people into town from forty counties over.
Nikki stares in quiet amazement as the Fitzgerald sisters work to hang the twelve foot star in the middle of Main Street, dangling a line between the town’s parallel buildings. Luckily for them, Austin and a few of the other local workers rush over to help the aging fabric store owners.
Once the star is placed to their liking, Austin returns to where Nikki is waiting against the wall of Angie's diner. As he approaches, Nikki feels the first trickle of wetness falling on her cheek. Only then does she notice that the light snowfall seems to be increasing in heaviness as it continues.
Coming to stand beside her, Austin turns his attention in her direction.
"Are you ready to go? I'm afraid that the snow is forecasted to be a bit heavy tonight."
Taking her by her elbow, the heat of his hand filtering through the thickness of her coat, Austin guides her to his large work truck. Parked parallel alongside the street, as she steps off the sidewalk to enter the vehicle, her foot slips on the slick precipitation. Instead of falling face first into the side of the truck as she was anticipating with a wince, Nikki finds herself twisted around and resting in Austin’s overly muscled arms.
“Are you ok?” he asks, cradling her close to his body, but in the moment, Nikki is speechless.
Unable to form any words, she simply nods her head. Trapped in a heated exchange with this man she’s missed for so very long now, Nikki feels herself leaning closer into his body, bringing her lips an inch from his, but as if struck by terror, Austin straightens abruptly and steps away from their embrace. Instead of kissing her as she had hoped, he opens the truck door and lifts her by her hips, placing her into his truck. He angrily slams the door closed, shaking the truck and Nikki as she sits inside, stunned.
His eyes spew hatred as he climbs into the driver’s seat and Nikki turns to gaze out the window, shrinking into herself. Her hands rest protectively on her stomach as she rests against the door, as far from Austin as she can possibly be. The warmth of her breath caresses the cold glass, causing the window to fog with each exhalation of air.
“Nikki…” Austin pleads, attempting to garner her attention.
She turns to study him.
Running his fingers through his hair exasperatedly, he simply says, “I can’t do it again.”
“Do what?” she whispers in return.
“Fall in love with you. I just can’t do it, Nikki. It would kill me this time.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Renee Harless is a romance writer with an affinity for wine and a passion for telling a good story.
Renee Harless, her husband, and children live in Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She studied Communication, specifically Public Relations, at Radford University.
Growing up, Renee always found a way to pursue her creativity. It began by watching endless runs of White Christmas- yes even in the summer – and learning every word and dance from the movie. She could still sing "Sister Sister" if requested. In high school she joined the show choir and a community theatre group, The Troubadours. After marrying the man of her dreams and moving from her hometown she sought out a different artistic outlet – writing. To say that Renee is a romance addict would be an understatement. When she isn’t chasing her toddler or preschooler around the house, working her day job, or writing, she jumps head first into a romance novel.
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