Released on March 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
If faced with your worst fear, what would you do? Would you run or would you fight?
Camryn Hamilton is a fighter.
A thirty-something mother of two, Camryn appears to have it all: a husband, plenty of money, and children she adores. When she returns home to spend Christmas with her family, her perfect world she has created begins to crumble, thrusting her face to face with the only man who truly knows her.
Holden Patrick will fight harder.
A powerful, handsome attorney, Holden left town after his adoptive parents’ death. In his time away he almost managed to forget the girl who ran away with his heart. At least until a turn of fate brought him back to Mantoloking, and back to Camryn.
But are they willing to fight for each other?
Faced with a tragic past that they both wanted to forget, they struggle to protect their hearts from being broken again. Will their love be enough to get them through another tragedy, or will they close themselves off and run away again?
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Camryn Hamilton and Holden Patrick had been best friends since childhood. She comes from a loving family while he'd been in foster care the first years of his life. He had suffered abuse and the demons from the past make it hard for him to really trust people. Camryn seems to be the only one who can reach him. They spend almost every moment together which makes it almost unavoidable for them to take the relationship one step further when they're all grown up. But one year, in high school, something happens to Camryn and she shuts everyone out. Including Holden.
The relationship falters and eventually they break up even though they're so much in love with each other.
Holden goes away to pursue his career as a lawyer when his adoptive parents pass away and Camryn finds someone else.
Years go by and now Camryn is married and a mother of two wonderful girls. She still keeps a secret and has never forgotten her best friend even if they're barely talking to each other.
Everything seems to be fine until one Christmas Eve, when Camryn's perfectly built life comes crashing down on her.
The man she thought she knew doesn't want her anymore and that is only the beginning of her problems.
To make things even more complicated, Holden is back in town and he is determined to stay and to win her trust and her affection again.
Let me tell you that I've never seen a person more unlucky than Camryn. She gets one blow after the other all the time, trying to make the right thing for her daughters. Especially now, when they need her to be stable and show them she's okay more than ever.
I really liked Holden. Yes, he made mistakes and left when he should have stayed but he's there when Camryn needs him and he's great with her girls.
It's nice to see how their friendship survived through the years, even if life hasn't been kind. More important, Holden will be there when someone from the past threatens Camryn's and her family's life.
It is a good book but I think the author stretched it too much in certain places with useless details. The writing style is good.
It is the first book I've read written by S.P. Cervantes but I'll pick up more.
Definitely worth reading!
S.P Cervantes lives in Orange County, California with her husband and three children, where she is a teacher. She enjoys spending time with her family, writing, reading, and running, but is always thinking of an idea for her next novel.
S.P. Cervantes is currently working on a new contemporary romance, while finishing the final novel of the Secrets of Shadow Hill series.
S.P. Cervantes has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Education.