Falling in love is easy…
New Hope, South Carolina is my home. It’s where I grew up, got into trouble, and fell in love for the first time. Scarlett Kincaid was more than the girl next door, she was my best friend, until she decided that small town life wasn’t for her. One minute she was here, and the next she was gone.
The girl I used to fish with down at the creek is now the biggest name in country music. She headlines world tours, has won four Grammy’s, and I haven’t seen her since. Until today when she sped through town in her fancy car. One look at her big brown eyes was all it took to stir up a whole slew of emotions. Emotions I’d long ago buried and sure as hell don’t have time for.
It’s the aftermath that’s hard…
There are two things in my life that matter. My music, and my dad. Twelve years ago, I packed a bag and chased my dream. Leaving New Hope and escaping the gossip mill was the easiest decision I ever made. I never planned to return, but my father needs me, and he always comes first. So, I did what I had to do. I cut my tour short and came home, despite having a sister who hates me, and a community that doesn’t trust me. And then there’s Tucker Andrews.
When he propped an arm on the roof of my car, pulled down his sunglasses and flashed his police badge, I nearly swallowed my tongue. Gone is the lanky boy who used to throw rocks at me and pull my pigtails. Tucker is now a six-foot package of brawny, sexy man wrapped in more muscle than I have hit singles. Did I mention he’s a cop and a single dad?
My goal was to help Dad, and get back to my life. But what am I supposed to when the life that used to strangle me suddenly fits like a glove, and makes me dream of things I never thought I’d have? What happens when the boy I walked away from years ago becomes one of the most important people in my life? I don’t have room in my life for a man much less love.
Because it’s impossible to hold onto someone who’s already gone.
“With just that little touch, it’s as if the whole world is set to rights.”
Ah! I just loved this book!! When I first heard that K.L. Grayson and Kristen Proby would be writing a book together, I was over the moon. This was like Christmas coming early for me. I was so excited to see what this duo would bring to the table and that excitement lead to Already Gone being one of my most anticipated reads for 2019. And I’m here to tell you, this duo does not disappoint. They brough their A game to the table and left me hanging on each and every word….
Already Gone follows the story of Scarlett and Tucker and is told from dual points of view. When we first meet up with Scarlett, we discover that the girl next door acheived her dreams of stardom. Small town living wasn’t for her, and she never looked back. But, when her father falls ill, Scarlett is forced to return home. But, not everyone is happy that Scarlett is coming home. When she left New Hope behind, she didn’t just leave the town and her family behind, but she also left her best friend Tucker. And lets just say, Tucker isn’t super quick to forgive. Tucker can hold quite the grudge, but soon enough will find the error of his ways. There’s more to Scarlett than meets the eye and being back home makes Scarlett feel and think of things she had forgotten. Suddenly things between Scarlett and Tucker aren’t so black and white. Feelings change and evolve, and when it comes to love, Scarlett will find herself in for the fight of her life….
There is just so much to love about Already Gone. This book sucked me in from the very first page and held my heart captive the entire time. From the moment I met Scarlett and Tucker, I just knew these two were going to take my emotions for a wild ride. Despite all the time these two had been apart, the sexual tension between the two of them was just off the charts. Both of these characters had a lot of growing to do and feelings to overcome. Everything wasn’t as it seemed and neither one of them were the same people they used to be. But, what I loved was that when Tucker and Scarlett decided to do something, they went all in. They weren’t afraid of the fight or work they had to put in. Sure, they had their moments of imprefection, but those imperfect moments made me love them all the more.
Already Gone had a mix of all my favorite tropes. It was a small town, single dad, enemies to lovers, second chance romance that I just could not get enough of. Tucker and Scarlett’s story tugged on my heart in all the right ways. It was angsty and swoon worthy perfection. I just couldn’t get enough and loved all the little moments.
Already Gone is a fantasitc read from beginning to end. K.L. Grayson and Kristen Proby totally knocked this story out of the park. It was totally well written, filled with lots of heart, and still kept the signature style that I have come to know and love from these two ladies. I loved every second of Already Gone and can not wait to see what this duo will bring to the table next!
*I was provied an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*