Miranda Brookhaven returned to Bitterthorn, Texas to fix the past. Years ago, her father used her teenage romance with Coe Rodas to steal the prototype for a groundbreaking new automotive invention. Now her father’s dead, and thanks to the convoluted will he left behind, she’s stuck in town until she rights the wrong that lost her the man she loved.
Coe learned early on that life never goes according to plan. His dreams of hitting it big vanished when Miranda all but invited her father to take the only thing of value he ever had. But now the once-pampered princess is holed up in a condemned trailer on the edge of town…and everything he thought he knew about her—and about what happened between them back then—seems completely wrong.
Miranda’s determined to give back to Coe all that he lost. If she can do that, maybe she can move on from the past. But Coe seems to be more interested in their rekindled passion than claiming what she thinks he deserves. She’s got sixty days to convince him to cough up evidence that he’s the original inventor—after that, the only way to transfer the patent rights over to him would be to make him part of the family, and she’s not sure her heart can take another hit.
I have been looking forward to Where There’s a Will since last year. Our hero Coe is best friends to Lucy from Starting from Scratch. As much as I loved Lucy and Sullivan (and that’s a LOT), I totally fell for Coe. He was protective and funny and supportive and sarcastic and my favorite type of hero. I was a bit nervous for his book because I worried I built my expectations too high.
I had nothing to worry about. While Where There’s A Will doesn’t have the soul crushing angst of Starting from Scratch, it’s just as wonderful. Coe’s ex-girlfriend from oh so many years ago has returned to town. He always thought she stole something from him, and he is NOT happy to see her. She wants to see him even less, but she has 60 days to right that old wrong which Coe soon finds out had a devastating effect on her life.
If I thought I had loved Coe before I started this book, it’s nothing compared to how I loved him after. While he’s understandably upset at Miranda, after all these years he’s grown up quite a bit, so he really takes a more honest look back at what happened all those years ago. This time around Miranda is more up front with him about things, and he really listens to her.
Miranda comes with a LOT of emotional baggage. So much it’s a wonder she can even stand underneath all that weight. Lucky for her, Coe sees it and, more importantly, sees what it’s doing to her. He talks to her about it and tries to help her do what she needs to in order for them to move forward.
I loved how Coe is with her. I loved how he really will do ANYTHING for her. He would even let her walk away from him if he thought it was the best thing for her. He loves her and has no problems showing her how much, even if he doesn’t understand what it is he’s feeling. Miranda, for her part, really gets Coe. She knows what he’s telling her, even without the words. Watching Coe learn how to love was unbearably sweet, and Miranda was the perfect heroine for him.
Oh, and don’t forget to stop by Stacy Gail’s website after the release date (November 17) for a Deleted Chapter. It’s worth it. Trust me. *evil grin*
So just like Starting From Scratch, I give Where There’s a Will…
Rating: 5 Stars
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