Can’t Go Home
By: Angelisa Stone
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.
Review—Can’t Go Home by Angelisa Stone
“I can’t help the smile that is betraying me and splaying itself ridiculously across my face. She’s right; she doesn’t hold anything back. God, I don’t want to hurt her. But I have no idea how I can possible walk away like I should. I should finish this date, take her home, and forget I ever met her. Utterly impossible. I could never forget the honesty of her words, the sincerity of her voice, the beauty of her presence…all things I’m not used to. I’m definitely not used to spending so much time trying to get a girl interested in me. But the truth is Kathryn Howell is too wonderful to be crushed by the weight of my lies and deceit.”
Dre Donley has a secret; a shady past that he wants nothing to do with and has taken every measure to erase. Coasting through his day-to-day life, wondering the streets of Charleston, helping this person and that person. Dre has become a new man, a man he has always wanted to be…but the past always has a way of catching up to you and Dre has no idea that the woman of his dreams is the one who will not only make him face it, but help him through it.
“Dre obviously isn’t an open book; he private and reserved about intimate and personal topics. It’s strange not knowing anything about the man that I plan to sleep with tonight. Yes, tonight. I can’t wait one more day; he’s got me all tingly and ready. Heck, when I was talking to Sydney today, she said that even she felt sexually frustrated and jumpy, all because of me—that’s a lot coming from a porn star. My sexual tension is becoming contagious.”
Knowing a girl and knowing the woman she becomes are two different things. Kathryn Howell is no longer the timid girl she once was. Strong and independent with a heart of gold, Kathryn knows her worth. So what if her college boyfriend, the one who she thought she’d marry, created a beautiful fantasy just to break her heart…and plans to propose to someone else? So what that this creepy, hot guy is pretty much stalking her. Yeah, he is absolutely gorgeous and everyone seems to know him, and he is obviously interested in her—except he is somewhat of an enigma, a mystery and has a reputation of being a “ladies man”. No.Thank.You…or maybe…Yes.Please. There is something about Dre that just warms Kathryn in her very core, something more, maybe even everything.
“’Dre, listen, too many people make mistake after mistake, never learning anything. They refuse to recognize that their flaws and pains are self-inflicted and avoidable. You just have to figure it all out.’ ‘I was counting on figuring it all out,’ Dre admits, kissing my hand and holding it against his cheek. ‘I just didn’t count on meeting someone who makes it all worthwhile.’ I take the compliment, feel the compliment, and let it wash over me, feeling my body warm to the words. He’s trying; he’s feeling—something for me.”
What a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Nothing about Stone’s story felt rushed or forced, it just flowed. There was enough intrigue to keep me in the moments, enough romance to keep me satisfied, enough drama to keep me fully engaged until the very last page…and Piper! Great little twist there, probably my favorite part. This book was a perfect mix of light and heavy without pushing too much in either direction, it was feel-good and beautiful; well written, and just an all-around “easy” read. I look forward to reading more from Angelisa Stone, hopefully soon! ~V~