- File Size: 3755 KB
- Print Length: 409 pages
- Publisher: A.L. Jackson Books Inc. (February 2, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 2, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079KJ8BDD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Follow Me Back: A Fight for Me Stand-Alone Novel Kindle Edition
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In Kale Bryant and Harley Hope Masterson, the author has produced a couple filled with trepidation at the thought of putting both their hearts and their feelings on the line. These two have lived through tragedy and rejection and loss, in completely different ways, yet they somehow fit together as if their souls are one. Even in their hesitation to want to feel again at the risk of losing both themselves and everything they hold dear, there is pull between them that is undeniable.
I felt as if I had to walk on eggshells right along with Kale and Hope as they navigate the often treacherous paths to even the thought of finding happiness again. But with Kale's persistence that they give any kind of relationship a go, Hope was helpless to resist. And quite frankly who could blame her. Not only is Kale 'sex on a stick', as Hope's bestie proclaims more than once, he has the biggest heart I have witnessed in a very long time. Whether it is uncle to Rex and Rynna's children (from Show Me the Way) or when he is the sympathetic and compassionate doctor to the patients he cares for, Kale Bryant IS flawed excellence. The imperfect super hero to so many and at the same time, the reticent man who can't believe he deserves to feel joy. Not after a past that just won't let go. I felt the frustration right along with Rex and Ollie, in particular, as a life so vibrant as Kale's could be held back with guilt.
There is more than one almost cruel twist of fate that the author has masterfully inserted into this book. I am being purposefully vague about the majority of this story because you need to be just as taken aback as I was. I want you to gasp and to sigh and to say, OMG as this tale takes flight. Hope and Kale each have secrets and demons that continue to force them keep their guard up and at times it was like waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. But to get to watch as their walls so hesitantly crumble brick by brick makes all the pain they have endured worth it.
What I will say about Follow Me Back is that there is an abundance of love whether it is for the friends and family that have Kale and Hope's best interests at heart or for each other and believe me, they may not want to admit it but there is decidedly a most beautiful love between them. Whether or not they are brave enough to allow it to take root is what you'll have to discover for yourself. It's not an insta-lust that is evident here. But rather a strong spark that can only turn into a spectacular flame. It just takes the right amount of care to allow it to burn.
More than once, I shed tears during my read of Follow Me Back. But know this: they were true tears of joy. And I found that the youngest members of this Gingham Lakes crew were often the ones who gave me pause reading through my tears as their innocent wisdom halted me in my tracks.
Follow Me Back is superb. In Hope and Kale, the author has taken the word selfless and has propelled it to the highest of levels. Yet never is that emotion gratuitous nor is it taken for granted. Instead it encompasses all that this couple is and will continue to be, no matter the consequence. My admiration for them is endless. And my awe at the masterful way A.L. Jackson continues to up her game with each new book published is unlimited.
I happily give Follow Me Back 5 magnificent stars!
Welcome back to Gingham Lakes, where the men are hot and their women are a force to be reckoned with...
It’s right there, in Gingham Lakes, where Dr. Kale Bryant resides, unwavering in his resolve to make a difference. And just a short distance from where he practices, A Drop of Hope owner—Harley Hope Masterson—serves up coffee with a side of sweet optimism and feisty determination.
Dedicated doctor by day, panty-melting sex god by night, Kale Bryant is the ideal embodiment of the perfect book boyfriend, owning the very definition of “swoon-worthy.” He’s both “pin you up against a wall” sexy and “sweep you off your feet” charming. And if those qualities aren't already enough to seal the deal, Kale is also incredibly sweet and caring. Because as you'll soon discover—and as Hope’s best friend Jenna likes to point out—this sexy, charming doctor (aka, Sir Bryant) “bought All. The. Lollipops.” TWICE! :)
Hope Masterson’s life is full of complications. And the very last thing she needs is Kale Bryant—with his seductive smile and charismatic personality—complicating her life even further. Still, she can’t deny the energy that pulses through her every time he enters her shop. Easily drawn into his flirtatious banter, Hope clearly enjoys her playful sparring with Kale. So when Kale offers Hope a night free of all her “complications,” she hesitantly accepts, allowing herself the freedom to enjoy “just one night.”
For Kale, one night—one taste—had him craving a whole lot more. And for Hope, her one night with Kale had her wishing for things that just could never be. Still, neither he nor Hope could have foreseen the ensuing complications hovering on the horizon. But the pull towards something more, had this pair shoving all complications and worries aside. And their resulting union was nothing short of explosive.
“Even hope needs a hero.” And Kale stepped easily into that role. Fueled by his strength of character, Kale resolved to save his princess from the evil villain out destroy her good. But even seemingly perfect heroes have their flaws. For Kale, it was the truth that became his kryptonite, weakening his efforts to save Hope and all that she holds dear.
In this second installment to author AL Jackson’s Fight for Me series, “Follow Me Back” is a beautifully crafted, emotionally charged story that will touch your heart in ways you won’t soon forget. Written as a stand-alone, Kale and Hope’s compelling story also introduces new characters Evan and Jenna, who are warm, funny and utterly endearing. No doubt, they will make you smile, they will make you laugh, and they will most certainly make you cry. And as for Kale and Hope... their perfectly imperfect romance is EXACTLY what sexy, modern-day fairytales are made of!
My thanks to AL Jackson for breathing life into Kale’s story in such a uniquely beautiful way and for delivering a “swoon-worthy” character that was once only a faceless, nameless fantasy residing inside my head. I can't wait to discover what this author has planned for Ollie. For it seems that with each book in this series, the men of Gingham Lakes just get hotter and more enticing.
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