For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the dark to my sister’s light—the awkward loner to her social butterfly. Growing up, she had it all: our parent’s unyielding approval, perfect grades, a permanent spot at the popular table, and the attention of the hottest guy ever—Duke Kincaid.
After eighteen years of living in her shadow, I couldn’t wait to escape—to finally be my own person. Yet here I am, I’m back in my hometown, once again in Valorie’s shadow. Only now, it’s eternal.
I had life all planned out: join the force, marry Valorie Parsons, and start a family of our own. I have the job, but the girl and all my dreams died before my very eyes.
Finally ready to move on, I agree to a blind date. Imagine my shock when I arrive and find, Valorie’s twin sister, waiting across the table from me. Mallory should be a reminder of all that I’ve lost, but instead she feels like my redemption . . . like maybe life’s giving me a second chance.
But, how can I be enough for her when I’ve already given her sister the best of me?
Nate follows my line of sight and smirks. He may be my best friend and partner, but damn if I don’t want to knock that smarmy-ass look right off his face. And when he opens his mouth, the feeling intensifies. “It’s okay to—”
I shoot him a withering glare before stomping off toward Mallory.
I don’t stop until I’m close enough to feel the heat of her body. She has to tilt her head back to see me, and when our eyes meet, my name topples from her lips on a breathy sigh. “We need to talk.” My tone is all business—my cop voice, as Nate calls it—as I wrap my fingers around her forearm, prepared to drag her along behind me if necessary. Luckily, she comes all too willingly—so why am I still holding on to her?
The feeling of her soft, sun-warmed skin beneath my palm sends little zaps of electricity under my skin, into my muscle. Her nearness has me strung taut like a drawn bow. Here’s to hoping like hell I don’t snap.
Deep down, like really fucking deep, I know I’m acting like a colossal asshole, but much like a prepubescent boy picking on his schoolyard crush, it’s the only way I know how to deal with all of the conflicting feelings she stirs in me.
About LK Farlow
LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for words. She’s been writing stories for as long she can remember. A Southern girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA–that’s Lower Alabama, y’all–with her amazing husband and three rambunctious children. When she’s not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching car shows while she crochets or with her nose in a book.
An emotional, slow-burn romance about second chances and learning to love after loss.
Mallory Parsons has always had a hard way at life. From a mother who never wanted her, to being the outcast at school, she’s stood in second place to her twin sister and never had anyone she could count on… no one to turn to. Her twin sister, Valorie, had it all. The brains, the career, the hot, popular boyfriend, but most of all, the unconditional love of their parents. So after spending years suffering from abuse at the hands of her mother, Mallory is done being pushed around and is ready to make something of herself. She leaves town with the intentions of never going back.
Tragedy strikes and Mallory will never be the same. Losing her sister is hard on her but she’s still not ready to go home. As time passes and she finally finds her footing, Mallory receives an offer she can’t refuse. But what is she supposed to do when the job of her dreams just happens to be in the next town over from where she grew up? Being a teacher is all she’s ever wanted and she finds herself questioning if she’s ready to take that chance. Can she be that close to her parents after everything that’s happened? What if she runs into someone she knows and what if something goes wrong? Deciding she’s ready, she makes the trip and settles into a new home, a new routine and ultimately the start of her new life. Only, she doesn’t plan on running into her dead twin sister’s boyfriend or the horrible reaction he has when he sees her.
Duke Kincaid has been going through the motions. Working as a police officer keeps him busy during the days, but the nights are what really where his time seems to stand still. After losing Valorie, he’s sure he’ll never be the same. He’d do anything to have his happily ever after with the only woman he’s ever loved. If only he could see her again. So when he stumbles into dinner with his close group of friends, the last thing he’s expecting to see is his dead girlfriend sitting at the table. Only it’s not Valorie, it’s her twin sister. The one he has learned to resent. How could anyone run away from their family and never look back? And what is she doing back after being gone for so long?
This story has the elements of enemies to lovers. Mallory and Duke have some rather heated encounters. Spewing hurtful words and giving mixed signals, is Duke ready to accept Mallory for who she is or will he always question her motives?
I really enjoyed these two. Even though their relationship begins on the rocks and develops with a slow-burn, their chemistry is fierce from the get-go and it has them both strung with guilt.
For readers of love after loss and second chances, this book will definitely give you the feels. As these two characters battle their feelings and overcome their guilt, a beautiful friendship ensues that has the potential for so much more. Outside forces will hold some of the cards, but internal struggles will be at an all time high. Be ready for some angst.