Can't Go Home by Angelisa Stone/Deena Bright
Series: Oasis Waterfall #1
on September 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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?
This novel is for mature readers only, due to language and sexual content
I am so happy that Angelisa Stone contacted Nicely Phrased to read her debut book, Can’t Go Home.
Happy because it was freaking awesome!
You know how when you start reading a story, there’s that one line or couple of lines or maybe a paragraph, that makes you want to continue? That moment when you know that the story is going to be good or even better that you know it’s going to be well written? Well this is the what hooked me and it happened right at the beginning!
Normally, a girl like her wouldn’t have caught my eye, but I was dying in the heat and too bored and tired to look away. Nice huh? – Dre
I grinned. I just knew that I had my hands on a great book, well my kindle but whatever.
So let’s see…Our story is about a guy named Dre Donley and a woman, whom he’s set his eyes on, Kathryn Howell. Right from the start we know that Dre is a bad boy. Not in the normal sense either. He’s not a philanderer. He’s not tattooed and pierced. He’s not a rocker. He doesn’t drink or smoke. Actually, he’s a really nice guy. But he has secrets. Secrets he has no plans to share with Kathryn. In fact he plans to lie to her. He’s very up front and honest about his plans. At least with us he is. Kathryn has no clue.
See Dre plans on just sticking around long enough to have sex with Kathryn. Then he totally plans on bailing. He’ll do pretty much whatever to get her out of his system. Lying seems like a good plan.
Typically, I like my women tall, lean, blonde, and a little on the “easy” side. Who doesn’t really? I sound like an ass, don’t I? – Dre
He definitely wasn’t expecting sarcastic, out spoken, funny, honest, adorable, sexy Kathryn.
She throws him for a loop. He doesn’t want to just have sex and bail anymore. Only that means he has to continue to lie.
Kathryn was such a breath of fresh air. She’s pretty but not beautiful. She admits that her body needs work. She is strong and independent. She’s a realist and she’s hysterical. She also knows something is up with Dre. She knows that guys like Dre don’t fall in her lap every day so she’s content with going along with whatever he has in store. She’s going to protect her heart. Yea right!
…I’m perplexed as to why he was coming on so strong…to me. It just does not add up. I even used the calculator on my phone to do the figuring. Or I secretly snapped two pictures of him when he wasn’t looking to send to my mom. Tomato. Tomahto. – Kathryn
I ate up every minute of this book. I laughed out loud so many times. There are laugh out loud moments, quirky moments, fun moments.
SEXY moments…HAWT moments…
Dre’s eyes are his golden ticket, but even his hair is like the backstage pass that goes with the VIP ticket. It’s that light brown, dark blond “come jump me hair.” – Kathryn
I have to admit though–I got to a point where the banter between the two felt a little forced. But I stopped reading for a bit and I thought about it. I realized that my husband and I banter all the time. We even have a some married friends who banter like this constantly. After that it didn’t bother me at all. See there are some couples that are playful and flirty all the time, day in and day out. It actually keeps the relationship fresh and fun.
There are some great side characters too like, Sydney (Kathryn’s bff) and Rory (Dre’s best friend cause guys don’t have bff’s). I thought Kathryn was funny but Syndey LOL that girl is something else. That girl is too much, I totally expected her to jump out of my kindle to tell me what’s what!
I’m sure you can imagine where this story leads. Eventually Dre’s secrets start to come out. Their relationship is challenged. The ending may or may not have caused a tear or two. I will neither confirm nor deny.
Remember Angelisa Stone, she is definitely an author to watch!
I’m very much looking forward to book 2 in this series!
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*