Release Date: Dec 1, 2014
By : Emma Hart
Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.
Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B is home on a tour break.
Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her home town. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.
Conner has questions, and when his broken heart and her guilty one collide, Sofie has to start answering them. Their present is rocky, their future unknown. Only one thing is certain:
Sofie’s daughter will change everything.
That kid that could be mine.
I get up and let the empty bottle drop to the floor. The woods are eerily quiet, as if it can sense my anger. As if it knows the bitterness that lingers in my veins, as if it knows the burn of not knowing anything.
Like the woods, I’m left in the dark. Completely.
Branches and twigs crunch under my feet as I increase my pace to a gentle jog. And again, to a slow run. Then to a sprint.
The need to know increases with every footstep, as evenly paced as the ticking of the clock. It doesn’t matter that I’ve probably drunk too much beer to be here or that we’ve only been back for a matter of days.
I can’t be in this shithole full of memories without knowing. I can’t move on until I know. I can’t forgive her for a single fucking thing until I know—and even then, maybe I won’t be able to.
Maybe she’s unforgivable.
Instead of knocking on the back door like I did yesterday, I round the side of the house to the front door. The front room light glows softly through the curtains, but the rest of the house is dark.
My chest heaves with the exertion of my run here and I grab the doorframe to balance myself. I’m definitely too fucking drunk for this conversation, but what the hell.
I bang on the door, once, twice, again and again and again. “Sofie! Open the fuckin’ door!”
“Shut up!” she hisses, yanking it open. “The hell’re you doing here?”
I smirk, leaning against the wall. “Shouldn’t I be askin’ you that, princess?”
“Are you drunk?” Her voice rises a little at the end, and her eyes widen.
Those eyes. Fuck, those baby blues that have always undone me.
“Drunk? No. If I was drunk I’d be sitting at home like a miserable bastard and not here facing the cause of my misery.”
“You’re being an asshole. I don’t have to listen to this.”
She pushes on the door, but I wedge my foot in front of it. I let go of the wall and grab the edge of the door.
“Actually, you do.”
She can’t overpower me, and she knows it, because she lets up and the door swings open. “Why are you here, Conner?”
“You have a kid.”
She smacks her lips together. “Yep.”
“When? When did you have her?”
Sofie takes a deep breath in and presses her hands to her stomach. They’re shaking, even as she links her fingers to hide it. I can see that fucking tremble.
She whispers something but I’m too pre-occupied by her hands to hear it.
“August last year,” she repeats, still a whisper.
August. Last year. My stomach clenches as I meet her eyes. “When? When in fuckin’ August, Sofie?”
“August fifteenth.” Her voice hitches halfway through the ‘fifteenth.’
Almost seven months to the day she walked out on me and the rest of Shelton Bay.
Adrenaline hums through my body, and I stare at her. At the tears building in her eyes, the quiver of her lips, the bob of her throat as she swallows harshly.
It’s no different from the burn in my chest, the twisting of my stomach.
“Is she mine?”
She shudders and a tear drips from her eye.
“Sofie. Is. She. Mine?!”
* A review copy was provided by author/publisher via Netgalley for the blog tour *
~~ 4 Burke Brother Stars ~~
Talk about an author who knows how to create sexy leading men….Emma Hart sure does. I have to admit that her Stone Men from the Call Series and Wild Series are still my favorite men, but these Burke Brothers are a close second.
Emma Hart will always be an automatic read for me. I love her stories and her writing style. She knows how to create a story that keeps you interest all the way through. I love that she create characters that you wish you knew in real life and were a part of their world. This story is a face paced and fun read. This is the first book in her new series but is a complete story with a HEA. She does introduce enough other characters that I can see how we will be getting more books in this series. I am guessing that all the band members will be getting their own book, I also hope that Leila gets her own story too. What I really enjoyed was that this book had a great storyline, but it also had a little bit of everything in it…I laughed, teared up, my panties melted, and I got mad. I think the only thing that was a minor negative for me was how long it took Sophie and Conner to figure things out. Plus I was expecting her “secret” to be a little more shocking. The last 30% of the book was my favorite and I just wish it would’ve come a little sooner so we could’ve seen them interact as a couple more. But it didn’t deter my enjoyment of the story.
In this book we meet Sophie and Conner, who are high school sweethearts that were separated 2 1/2 years ago. Conner and his brothers were on the verge of making big and Sophie had just found out she was pregnant and decided to leave without a word. 2 1/2 years later she comes back to her home town to settle her father’s estate. She has also decided to tell Conner about Mila (their 2 yr old daughter). Once they reunite, the roller coaster truly begins. There were a lot of bumps in the road for this couple, but the biggest being trust. Neither one of them trusted the other because of past actions. These two also had some serious communication issues. Had they just sat down and calmly talked about things and got everything out on the table, their situation could’ve been cleared up a lot quicker. I have to say that I probably connected with Conner more then I did with Sophie. Sophie’s character was hard for me to like for awhile, it took me most of the book to finally warm up to her. I can’t really pinpoint one reason why I didn’t like her that much, I just didn’t. She seemed cold and a little too selfish to me at times. I was glad that things changed by the end, but I have to admit Conner and his brothers and family made this book for me.
So if you are looking for that rockstar second chance love story, that is a fast paced and fun and sexy read, then this is the one for you. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Emma’s. This is a series I don’t think you will want to miss!!!!
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.