Broken Dreams by Dawn Pendleton
Synopsis: Rainey Daniels has been keeping a secret since she left her hometown, three years ago. The death of a friend’s father, though, has her questioning whether or not running away from her past is what’s best for her future. Add sexy Chris Baker in the mix and she’s even more unsure. After all, life is short.
Baker is an all-around good guy with a great sense of humor struggling to keep his new bar afloat. And he always thought Rainey was hot, even when she carried a few extra pounds in high school. Hell, he thinks she’s too skinny now. He knows she’s hiding something, too, but when he pushes the issue, she pushes him away. He tries not to care; she only wants a summer fling, right? But when her life is threatened, he realizes he may just be in love with her… and then he learns her secret.
Can they find love together before it’s too late?
Review by Jennifer: Let me start out by saying that I read this out of order. I have not read the first one and even not having read the first one I still enjoyed this book. So I think it can be read as a stand alone.
Rainey has been away from her hometown for a few years and ends up coming back for the summer. Her mom isn’t exactly mother of the year since she is an alcoholic and her father is dead. She just wants an uncomplicated summer and of course a nice summer fling with no strings attached.
Baker understands that Rainey just wants a summer fling, but he’s started to realize he wants more than that. And if Rainey looks deeper, she does too. But she’s been keeping a secret. One only a few people in her life know about. Baker isn’t one of them. When that ugly secret of hers seems to make another appearance in her life, she runs. She moves back across the country to California to hide.
Baker chases her though. He’s not backing down without a fight. A fight for what he knows he wants now and he’ll give up everything he has to have it. What he finds out about Rainey make break him though.
Definitely an awesome read! There are some very serious moments in this book and it definitely made me cry. There are also some very happy moments too! It reminds you to never take the little things for granted in life.