Now Riley feels abandoned, and I can’t make it better; no matter how hard I try. I’m desperate to help her adjust to the loss of a male figure in her life. The companion program that matches adults up with children who have loneliness and abandonment issues is my last hope.
The counselors tell me he’s doing community service hours, and I ask to sit in on his meetings with Riley. The minute I see him astride the matte black Harley, I know neither my nor Riley’s life will ever be the same again.
Community Service. Two words I should be thankful for, but I’m not. I resent the hours it’s away from building my business. The two previous kids I’d been paired up with didn’t work out because their mothers were more interested in getting in my bed. This next match with a little girl is my last hope. Unless this kid works out, I’m destined to serve time.
When they push her into the room wearing pink converse with a black dress, her crazy curls barely held back by the barrette in her hair, and studious glasses on her face, I can tell she’s scared – of new people, of change, of being pushed aside. Something inside of me breaks, and I want this girl to feel wanted again.
What I’m unprepared for is meeting her mom. The second our hands touch, there are fireworks, bright lights, and a picture of the future I could one day have. The future I’ve never allowed myself to wish for.
Community service becomes more than a chore, more than time I resent for being taken away from me. In the months that follow, I realize they’re just like me: they’ve been abandoned, left behind by the world, forgotten by those who should love them.
Thanks to the one last hope in both our lives – we found the light in the darkness we’d been searching for.
* A review copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review *
~ 5 Sprite Stars ~
Trick is the second book I have read by Laramie Briscoe and it was just as good as the first book I read by this author.
Trick is a standalone novel told in Dual POV. It is a story about forgiving oneself, redemption and learning to stand on your two feet. I loved this book!!! It wasn’t overdone with excess drama, but the storyline was interesting enough to keep my attention all the way through. I loved the characters. Hadley, Trick and Riley were relatable and lovable. I thought this story moved at the perfect pace which made the story realistic. I also felt it flowed well. I truly enjoy Laramie’s writing style. Her stories completely suck me in and I find it hard to put her books down.
In this book we follow the journey to happiness for Trick, Hadley and Riley. Hadley is a divorced single mother to six year old Hadley. Trying to make ends meet she works long hours but always finds time for her daughter. Both Hadley and Riley have serious abandonment issues stemming from Hadley’s ex husband who left her for his secretary. Never wanting to claim his daughter, Riley is left feeling lonely and unloved. Hadley takes a chance and enrolls her in a Companion Program (Like Big Brothers/Big Sisters Club) to get a male influence in her life. Enter Trick!!! Trick is a man who has had a troubled past and has been ordered community service with the Companion Program. Needing to make his match with Riley work, he puts his whole heart into it. Will Trick be able to turn his life around?? Can Hadley and Riley open themselves up to this new person in their life?? What happens when Hadley’s past comes back?? Get these and more answers by reading this book.
I would recommend this book to everyone. I think it is one you will fall in love with. If you are a fan of single parent stories and stories of redemption and finding love again, then this is one you will want to read.
Laramie Briscoe is the best-selling author of the Heaven Hill Series & the Rockin’ Country Series.Since self-publishing her first book in May of 2013, Laramie Briscoe has published over 10 books. She’s appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling E-books Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. She’s been called “a very young Maya Banks” (Amazon reviewer) and her books have been accused of being “sexy, family-oriented, romances with heart”.
When she’s not writing alpha males who seriously love their women, she loves spending time with friends, reading, and marathoning shows on her DVR. Married to her high school sweetheart, Laramie lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband (the Travel Coordinator) and a sometimes crazy cat named Beau.