Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he’s forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.
The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay,but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder.
Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.
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“John, is it? Well, John, let me try this again. My name is Canyon Michaels. My house is the last one you pass before you get here from town. Your daughter seemed to be desperate for someone’s attention and decided her only option at the time was to throw rocks at my truck. Now, I could make you pay for it, but I think a better lesson for Ari here is to work it off.”
John openly laughed. Loud. “You want her to work? Seriously? She doesn’t have a clue how to do anything for herself other than screw up.”
Canyon’s hands began to flex into fists and the light in his eyes left. “Well, it can go my way or yours. She can work every day after school on my ranch or you can go inside and get your wallet to pay me in cash. It’s up to you.”
My jaw fell to the ground. As much of an ass as my step-dick was, he was also right. I didn’t have a clue what to do on a farm and there was absolutely no way in hell I was shoveling crap.
“You got yourself a deal.” I didn’t know which way John was going with this but regardless I was going to suffer from my actions once again. “What will it be? Work or cash?” “Oh, she can work. I’m not paying a damn dime for this one.
She’s already cost us everything.” He looked over at me with disdain.
“Have you told your new friend here about that yet? I bet not. Well there, I gave you something to talk about while you shovel shit. Ha! This is priceless!” My step-dick had proved what a dick he actually was as he walked back into the house laughing, leaving me to face Canyon. I couldn’t. I stared at the ground while I heard the crunch of gravel under his shoes as he approached me. The tips of his red Nike shocks were now all I could see before his finger came to rest under my chin and forced me to look up at him. The long journey up his body brought me to his black workout pants first, then the red t-shirt that clung to his body perfectly until his sharp jaw, amazing lips and finally those eyes were all I could see. “Don’t, Arianna,” was all I kept repeating in my head. He’s nothing but another man that can hurt you. “Are you okay?”
Damn, why did he have to ask that? Letting my eyes fall, I thought to myself, “No, I am not okay. Did you not just hear what I deal with every day?” How could I even answer that question?
“Hey, look at me. Please?” My eyes came back to his but I was done. Spent. I didn’t want to do anything but go inside and cry myself to sleep. “Don’t let him do this to you. Don’t let it break you.”
“You don’t understand.”
“I do. More than you could ever know.” I went to speak again but Canyon cut me off. “I did this for you, you know. I saw what you have here and was trying to get you out, not make things harder. That man would never want to pay and I knew it. Now you can spend every day away from this.”
“But it will never end…” A tear slid down my face at the same time his thumb wiped it away.
“It will. Someday it will.”
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I love Barb and her writing style. Her Flawlessly Broken Trilogy is one of my favorites, and I was very excited to read Let It Be Me.
Arianna is a young woman, counting the days until she turns 18 and can get out from under her mom and step-dad’s roof. There are a million reasons she’s anxious to leave, but only one that makes her not want to go. Her little sister.
Her life is uprooted literally in the middle of the night as she and her family move from Maryland to Montana. Determined to not make friends, she makes the motions of going through the rest of her senior year, but trouble seems to find her in the form of petty teenage drama.
The saving grace is her new neighbor. Canyon Michaels is without a doubt the quintessential cowboy. Hardworking, honest, loyal, but certainly not without his own demons. He’s struggling to rebuild everything that was lost in his life after a family tragedy. Not only is he working from the ground up, he’s trying to fight the stigma of his family name in the small Montana town.
I really enjoyed the story. There is a bit of mystery, some suspense, romance and some mild violence, nothing that was graphic. Arianna starts off kind of weak and immature, but by the end you see her grow. Canyon starts off a little closed off, but he opens up to Arianna.
I really, REALLY hope Barb writes more on these two, because after I finished, I wasn’t ready for their story to be over.
Author Barbara Speak loves nothing more than being allowed to share her ideas and thoughts through books that so many enjoy. When she’s not writing she’s caring for her son and daughter along side her amazing husband in rural Missouri. She has 5 more babies but these are covered in fur. Bode the boxer, Tucker the beagle and Lily, Callie and Connor her kitties.
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