About the Book:
After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she's troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn't her mother.
Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren't talking. Cheyenne is set on finding answers, but without so much as a birth certificate, it won't be easy.
Things get even more complicated when her closest friend is attracted to the man Cheyenne has secretly loved for years. For Eve's sake, she decides to step aside—which lands her right in the arms of Dylan Amos, oldest and baddest of the hell-raising Amos brothers. He's the kind of guy she's sworn to avoid. She can't afford to make a mistake, not when she finally has a chance to learn who she really is and change her life for the better. But…maybe there's more to Dylan than she thought. Maybe letting him go would be a bigger mistake.
This is a sweet story of two people who have plenty of reason to be bitter about life. Both are the most responsible ones in their families. She is caring for dying mother who never really properly cared for her; he was left to raise three younger brothers when his mom died and his dad was sent to prison. Both live on the wrong side of the tracks but she is friends with the crowd from the right side, and plans to move there as soon as her mother dies. He has never been a part of that crowd, but has always had his eye on her.
An interesting sub-plot is that Cheyenne has memories that she can't explain; memories her mother won't explain. There is also the matter of her birth certificate--no one can find it. Will she ever learn that there is more to her story than meets the eye?
I enjoyed the story, especially the part about Cheyenne's history. I was a little less fond of the way she and Dylan got together. To put it simply, it was pure physical attraction on her part, and she really didn't treat him well. It wasn't until after she got to know him (well after they had been physically intimate) that she realized what a good guy he really was. Grade: B-
I'd like to thank the publisher for making a review copy available via NetGalley.