Can’t Go Home (Oasis Waterfall #1) by Angelisa Stone
Released: September 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Everyone has secrets; secrets meant to be kept—hidden away where nobody can discover the truth. Adrian O’Donnell (aka: Dre Donley) is no exception. Dre spins tales and half-truths like it’s his job, keeping the reality of his past buried deep within each lie he fabricates. On the other hand, Kathryn Howell is the exception to the rule. She’s a straight-shooter, a tell-it-like-it-is, no filter kind of girl.
Kathryn’s honesty and straightforwardness is the ultimate turn on for a guy like Dre. He’s never met someone so sincere, so full of truth and innocence. Their chemistry is unavoidable, their connection, magnetic. When Dre sets out to make Kathryn fall for him, he doesn’t realize the grave mistake he’s making. Kathryn’s strength and convictions do not falter, even for an irresistible man like Dre. When his past resurfaces, and the lies come tumbling forth, Kathryn must decide if his deceit and betrayal can be forgiven or if the damage is irreparable. Will the truth ultimately destroy the relationship that neither one of them could deny or even attempt to resist?
Kathryn Howell is a sweet woman who enjoys doing something nice for others without acknowledgement or wanting something in return. She is also feisty and straightforward taking, consistently taking the high road to ensure what’s right is what’s done. She has returned to her hometown to work as a literary agent hoping to help others get published.
Dre Donley is a mysterious resident in Charleston, South Carolina. He’s only been around a little over a year and most don’t know much about him but what they do know they like. Dre ambles around town doing odd jobs for the people. The residents who do know him peripherally like him. He’s charismatic, kind, and seems to live a laidback lifestyle. What is Dre hiding or running from?
Dre spots Kathryn and is immediately intrigued by a woman who does simple things to improve others’ day. He spends time following her to learn more about this woman who caught his attention. Realizing that trailing her wasn’t enough, he decided just a few moments or a date would quench his thirst for her and he wouldn’t have to reveal anything from his past. Win win, right? No. He quickly finds he has met his match in her. As we see their journey progress, it is recognized as a sweet one. Kathryn maintains her spirited persona and remains steadfast as Dre makes peace with his family troubles.
I think this is a fantastic read where most of the drama is an allusion until it becomes a reality in the last half. There are plenty of interesting secondary characters to propel the series to be successful. I like the exploration of powerful emotions, how they’re used to describe the past issues as well as help overcome those difficulties. This is a sweet romance and I can’t wait to see what comes next in the series.
Rating: 4 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.