Series: Ex Con #3, Noah and Katie #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Holding You Close
Also by this author: Holding You Close
I’ve been in love with my best friend Katie Walker for as long as I can remember. We may have shared our deepest, darkest secrets but that one I’ve kept to myself. Before I got the courage to confess my true feelings, my cousin Gabe moved to town and swept Katie off her feet.
I should’ve admitted how I felt but I couldn’t—especially once they got married.
When I caught Gabe cheating on his pregnant wife, I snapped. A deadly fight erupted and before I could comprehend what happened, I was charged with his murder and sent to prison.
The day I’m released, I go straight to Katie’s house. But after pushing her away for a decade while I was behind bars—she slams the door in my face—wanting nothing to do with me.
While she’s determined to pretend I don’t exist, this time I’m not going anywhere.
PUSHING YOU AWAY is a slow burn, angsty friends to lovers romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It's book 1 in the Noah & Katie duet and must be read in order.
Angsty second chance with an ex con who killed her spouse? I didn’t know I needed Pushing You Away in my life!
Normally, I am not a fan of the angst, but in Pushing You Away, it’s not ridiculous. Noah accidentally caused the death of his best friend’s husband. Katie never hated Noah for what happened, but she gets PISSED when he refuses to see her for 10 years while in prison. Now, Noah is free and he wants to make it up to Katie. Katie isn’t having it.
So, obviously, this small town hasn’t forgotten what Noah did. It tore his family apart because Katie’s husband, the one Noah killed, was his cousin. But, his dad and sister have stayed by him. Katie was pregnant when her husband was killed, but now she has been a single mom for 10 years. She still sees her former husbands family for the sake of her son. Being friends with Noah will cause problems for sure. They will never forgive Noah, and they can make life hard for Katie. So, Katie and Noah have to keep everything a secret.
While Noah and Katie were never a thing in their youth, I am classifying this as a second chance because they have always had feelings for each other! Now Noah understands how short life is and he isn’t going to let her go a second time. I really loved these two! They had so much to fight against that it makes their relationship seem so much more meaningful. Full disclosure: this is part 1 of a duet, so yall know there is a cliffy! It isn’t too bad though, so even I was okay with it! I’m excited for Needing You Close, for sure!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: a few
- Trope: second chance, ex-con, small town
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Noah causes the death of Gabe in a fight « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: duet (must read in order)
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »the couple is at a good place when the story ends and the cliffy isn’t related to their relationship « Hide Spoiler