Published by: Self-pub
on March 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she’s broken. She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans. But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she’s perfect, much more than the usual hook-up. While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can’t deny the obvious heat between them. With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own -- a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.
Peyton Mayfield is working a her pie shop “Adelaide’s” wearing her signature pink baseball cap and green apron when she meets Reed Lanston. He is the best friend of her best friend Quinn’s boyfriend. Chances are they are going to keep running into one another. That is a good thing for Reed as he finds himself very attracted to Peyton.
All her friends seem to think that she is very fragile and they are all warning Reed that he needs to be nice to her, that he is not allowed to act in his normal love ’em and leave ’em way. He tries to get close to her but she is very prickly, very hard to get to know, but he perseveres and shows up every night at the shop at closing time just to talk to her and of course have a slice of pie.
She has a sense of humour and is always telling him that she has none of his favourite pie in stock so that he will leave her alone. She has been through a traumatic time in her life and as such is hiding behind the baggy clothes.
Reed is stubborn and he continues to want to spend time with her until her wears her down.
Peyton has some serious issues in her past that she needs to deal with in order to move forward in her life. Is it possible that Reed in the man to help her with this? Or will she scare him away the closer he gets? Will she be too much for him to handle?
I think that the author did a great job with such a raw subject matter. It was very tastefully done as we watched Peyton comes to grips with and finally deal with the issues in her past. It was heartwarming to see the two of them grow closer and closer to each other and I was rooting for them to have their happy ever after.
I will not give away any more of the plot as that would simply be ruining it for you. Needless to say that I am encouraging you to read this story for yourself. I think it will touch you. You will definitely need to have some kleenex nearby. I very much enjoyed it.