Always My Own by Tawdra Kandle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This couple had a really tough go at it. We meet Elizabeth on her way into town. Admittedly, I must've missed the story that introduced this couple and showed their love story from the beginning, but it really didn't impact my enjoyment of this book. Elizabeth is trying to go on living her life but has tons of questions about why Trent up and left her without explanation. After his horrible reaction to her buying the law practice in his old hometown, she figures that's the safest place to reevaluate her life and get back on her feet again.
Trent has been punishing himself since... pretty much the Jenna incident. It took me a little bit to remember exactly who Trent was (he plays a minor role in the series previous to this), but once I did, I kind of understood his difficulties in this new relationship. He thinks he isn't worthy of love, and it really shows. Oh, and he's got an abusive, alcoholic mother to take care of and get into rehab. This is a very sad story, especially from Trent's perspective.
Elizabeth doesn't really know Trent's history and that just makes it even harder for him to get through to him. Even when the two are forced to live under the same roof, it is almost like they're still miles and miles away. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to get this couple back to HEA territory and it happens in a pretty surprising way. We get a bunch of characters from previous books, so it would really benefit to read these books in order, but I'm sure you could muddle through if this was your first read by this author. This world is always wonderful to come back to and I appreciate all the interconnected storylines.
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