Talk about a hot lead.... Christmas is coming to Pine Mountain - and it has a way of stirring up memories, good and bad.
Nick Brennan may manage the Double Shot bar smooth as good whiskey, but his past is a hot mess. When he runs into a burning building to save a little boy, some people start thinking there's more to his heroism than holiday spirit. And then the local reporter assigned to the story turns out to be gorgeous Ava Mancuso, the girl who got away.
Ava knows what it's like to have a past. But the changes she's seen in Nick since she knew him do more than set off her natural curiosity - his warm eyes and gruff charm have her instincts fired up. Still, all the chemistry in the world doesn't erase history, even when Nick invites her to his little sister's mistletoe wedding. Does he have a heart under all those secrets? Or is this going to be just another Christmas past?
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- Dreams in art
Touching heartbreaking listen LOVED it
painful, passionate, forgiveness
When Nick tells his story
When Nick came face to face with his past.
Nothing is worse than never being able to forgive yourself for something you did that if you knew back than how it would turn out you wouldn’t have done it. Nick is living his life with a haunting past that he moved miles away to out run. He might have run but he still can’t forget or forgive as the nightmares haunt him every time he closes his eyes. Everyone in town sees Nick as a wonderful guy nothing special just a normal guy until he runs into a burning building to save a child. Things just aren’t adding up now they want to write up a story of the new town hero but he is hiding out not wanting anything published. People start thinking he must have something to hide. When his old love walks into the bar he is shocked she left him without a word. He finds out she only wants a story but he still wants her and some answers. He will not give in to her or to have the story written. This is when things get interesting with some hot passion that two old loves can’t walk away from. These two normal people are both hiding a secret and neither is willing to tell.
The narrator did a good job on the narration she was very easy to listen to with a wonderful voice. There were no high or low levels or any background noise. Her male characters were as good as her female ones. She puts a lot of energy and emotion into the audio giving you a wonderful listen. You know who is talking and what they are feeling as Ms. Hatfield weaves the story the author has given I could hear the pain and sorrow in her voice along with the anger and passion. This was really at times a heartbreaking story that the narrator delivers leaving you almost in tears. This is the first time I have listen to her and look forward to more of her audios.
This is a story that broke my heart as to old loves come together one needing a big story to move up in her job. The other wanting everyone to leave him alone to carry on just putting in time trying to forget. When Nick sees Ava his past comes flying back he can’t tell her. What would she think of him if she knew what he had done? Seeing Nick again Ava doesn’t know what to do she is outrunning her past as well. She knows Nick will never forgive her for leaving but she must try to make him understand. He only sees she wants a story, his story to move up in the world. Why his world is falling apart she is moving on he has a hard time dealing with this. When both of their stories come out I just want to cry it is so sad, so painful. Both of them will have to make some tough choices, they will have to learn to deal with the past. As they carrying on they lean on each other and find no matter how bad things are it is always better when you have someone to help carry the pain. Now they have to work through it, help each other face their issues to find out what is the most important thing in their lives before time runs out and the whole world knows what they have done or had done to them.
The author put a lot of care in writing this story she puts many twists and turns once they unfold will break your heart. I doubt you can read/listen to this and not have some strong emotions. I adore these characters along with the supporting ones. I didn’t think too much of Ava’s boss that man should have been run out of town. Both Nick and Ava are strong people much strong then they think. Nick must go home to face a lot of people he let down in one way or another. The author gives a compelling story that reaches in to your soul as she grabs your heart and squeezes it. I have not read/listen to this whole series but this story makes me want to pick up each one and let the author take me away with her touching passionate writing. This was an audio I had trouble putting down I need to know what each one was hiding. It is a very touching read with a wonderful outstanding ending that I never saw coming. I hope you will pick this up and give it a read you won’t be disappointed.