I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Back to Us by Christi Barth
Series: Shore Secrets #3
Published by Carina Press on July 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Ward Cantrell always went for the long shot. But that recklessness cost him his college scholarship and his chance to play pro ball, and—worst of all—it ended his relationship with the girl next door. Neither the town nor the girl has ever forgiven him. Now he's taking one last long shot by opening a boutique distillery on the family farm he inherited.
Piper Morrissey spent high school in Ward's shadow, but she's come into her own in the years since. Maintaining her spotless image, and that of her family's winery, is priority number one. Nobody knows that she still yearns for her golden-boy ex. Or at least they didn't—until Ward agrees to sell Piper the land she needs to start her precious port line. The caveat? She'll need to date him for one month.
Ward hopes a month is all it'll take to convince his former sweetheart that while he's changed, his love for her hasn't. But when the chance arises to thumb his nose at the town that turned its back on him, he can't afford not to reject Piper's offer. Will that make her reject him and his love—for good?
Ward Cantrell and Piper Morrissey have a history we’ve been waiting to learn about. They were high school sweethearts and something happened to pull them apart twelve years ago. Since they were part of a unit of friends, they found a way to rebuild that aspect of their lives for the sake of the group. Now Ward, who’s never stopped loving Piper, is going to go all in to win back her heart.
I must admit when I discovered what Ward did to cause his breakup with Piper, I was ready to dump him myself and I was a big fan. He had a big hole to dig out of and he accomplished that in a big way. I also liked that while Piper’s feelings for him had never changed, it was realistic that her distrust was a barrier to them moving forward.
The relationship of the friends was a very important part of the story. Ward’s interactions with Casey and Ella were hilarious most of the time, only eclipsed by his antics involving their fiancés.
This was a light hearted story tinged with some heartbreaking moments. Piper had some growing up to do, too, and her journey was equally compelling. I’ve looked forward to Ward and Piper’s story and it met my expectations. Nice ending to the series.