Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book Review: Show Me the Way by AL Jackson

Show Me the Way (Fight for Me #1)
by AL Jackson
Release Date: October 2, 2017
Source: Author
The first sexy, captivating, stand-alone novel in the brand-new FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .

Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful.

The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he’ll let into his heart is his little girl.

Rynna Dayne. As vulnerable as she is tempting.

She ran from Gingham Lakes when she was seventeen. She swore to herself she would never return. Then her grandmother passed away and left her the deed to the diner that she once loved.

When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he’s in trouble.

She’s gorgeous and sweet and everything he can’t trust.

Until she becomes the one thing he can’t resist.

One kiss sends them tumbling toward ecstasy.

But in a town this size, pasts are bound to collide. Caught in a web of lies, betrayal, and disloyalty, Rex must make a choice.

Will he hide behind his walls or will he take the chance . . .
 


When I first read the synopsis for Show Me the Way, I was so excited. This one promised an emotional single-parent romance and, knowing AL Jackson's previous books, I knew she would deliver on that emotion. 

Rex Gunner is used to it being him and his little girl, and that's how he wants it. He's been hurt in the past and doesn't want to ever go through that again. That's why when his new neighbor barrels into his life, he'll do anything to ignore her and their instant attraction. The only probably? She's sweet and his daughter loves her. Rynna Dayne ran away from her small hometown as soon as she could, but she's forced back there after her grandmother passes away. She's intrigued by the brooding man next door and his adorable daughter, but can she break into a heart that is determined to never love again? 

I've got to say, from the start, I wasn't that big of a fan of this relationship. They were SO over the top in their chemistry and how determined they were to fight it. I mean, they literally just met and cannot get over their insane attraction for one another. Once we got into the story, though, I really loved how Rynna just tried to be nice to Rex and brought him pies like her grandmother used to. It was cute how close she grew with his daughter and really ingrained herself into their lives, no matter how hard Rex pushed her away. 

What really sold this book to me, though, was the plot twist I did not see coming near the end of the novel. There were some shocking moments and we slowly got to learn more about Rynna's horrible past that drove her out of the town in the first place. Not only were we dealing with Rex's emotional past over his wife leaving him, but we saw Rynna completely break in her past while showing us how much stronger she had grown since then. 

I expected emotion when I went into this one, and boy did I get emotion! There was emotion from both of our main characters and the hurt they've both experienced and are still healing from. It was so hard watching Rex push Rynna away again and again until he finally realized what he was missing out on. For an emotional single-dad romance with the new girl next door, pick up Show Me the Way!



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