It’s time to stop running
Former pop star CJ Taylor is starting a new life. His stalker is behind bars, he’s taken back his birth name, and he’s bought a house in a small Vermont town. As Cody Brennan, he finally feels safe and wants to write new music and forget about his tragic past, but an accident nearly destroys everything.
Florist Megan Campbell is horrified when a stranger, covered in blood, collapses in her shop. Cody’s erratic behavior startles her at first, but as he recover, attraction to the stranger grows. Her family thinks she should curb her feelings, and worries about her safety—she worries about her heart.
From her amber eyes to her tempting smile, Megan is everything Cody promised himself to avoid. The more he gets to know her, the more he wants to stay. When his past begins to catch up to him in the form of violent threats, will they stay safe long enough to fall in love?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating by chapter between Cody & Megan’s perspectives.
I enjoy RJ Scott’s writing but I didn’t realize she had any M/F romance until she mentioned this series in one of her recent newsletters.
Cody is former boy band member escaping fame and the terror it brought to his life in small town Vermont. Megan is a florist who can’t seem to find luck in love. Both in their mid-20’s they have an instant attraction that quickly grows into more.
As with most of Scott’s books, this is a pretty quick read and that means the relationship progresses pretty fast to the “I love you” stage. I think she did a good job of letting Megan and Cody get to know each other. I appreciate that the angst between them is pretty low and the conflict comes mostly from outside sources. A lot of it in the form of Megan’s slightly overprotective and yet mostly hilarious family contrasted with some serious/ominous “threats” that give this a bit of a romantic suspense element.
A lovely holiday read and I’m now invested in Megan’s brothers and cousins finding their HEAs. Currently there’s 3 books in the series (first two are MF, third is MM), but it looks like there’s at least a 4th book planned. Yay!
About the author:
RJ is the author of the over one hundred novels and discovered romance in books at a very young age. She realized that if there wasn’t romance on the page, she could create it in her head, and is a lifelong writer.
She lives and works out of her home in the beautiful English countryside, spends her spare time reading, watching films, and enjoying time with her family.
The last time she had a week’s break from writing she didn’t like it one little bit and has yet to meet a bottle of wine she couldn’t defeat.
You can connect with RJ Scott here:
My Favorite Quotes
Was it so difficult to find a man who liked her independence, who saw beyond her protective brothers, and actually wanted her? – Notes & Roses by @Rjscott_author #SmallTown #Holiday #Romance #Musician #StanfordCreekTweet
Something intriguing, something that called to her, a protectiveness maybe? Or possibly good old-fashioned lust. And who knew she had a thing for wild bearded men? – Notes & Roses by @Rjscott_author #SmallTown #Holiday #Romance #Musician #StanfordCreekTweet
And right there and then, a small part of Cody’s heart was lost to Megan. Completely and irretrievably lost. – Notes & Roses by @Rjscott_author #SmallTown #Holiday #Romance #Musician #StanfordCreekTweet
I feel like I’m already holding you in my heart. – Notes & Roses by @Rjscott_author #SmallTown #Holiday #Romance #Musician #StanfordCreekTweet