Author: S.E. Hall
Genre: Contemporary Romance
You can put up a front… but destiny already has your back
After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again.
Too much regret and shame to bear.
But she’s the only one left to see to her family’s legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her.
Gatlin Holt, the family farmhand, awaits her arrival, and lends a hand—in more ways than one. He reacquaints Henley with the lay of the land while helping her heal her soul with a new outlook on life.
Yet every time she thinks some peace may be within reach, Henley hits another roadblock. The biggest of which is Keaton Cash—her childhood nemesis who owns the farm next door.
And no, it’s not a love triangle. That’s impossible when Henley’s heart is closed, incapable of love.
“No, Keaton. I was bored and thought I’d come play ‘tag’ with ‘em for a little while.”
“Then you’re doing a helluva job, ‘cause they’re fixin’ to tag ya back.”
What’s he blathering about now? I turn and look…but refuse to sigh or show any sign of defeat…that some of the cows, are in fact, wandering back into the field I just shooed them out of.
Really? I seem to remember—open the gate to where the food is—they’ll go. So why they’re not cooperating now, in what has to be the first time since Noah let two of them on the Arc, has to be some weird conspiracy just to embarrass me in front of Keaton.
“Let me help you,” he says too kindly, moving to do so before I can refuse.
He uses his hat to swipe at the few remaining anarchist cows, sending them on their way. And Lord knows why, but I take a moment to peruse him…see just exactly how he turned out, physically anyway.
Hair still as black as the Stetson in his hand, jeans still as tight as he’s always played his cards to his chest. Every movement precise and purposeful, nothing wasted, just like he’s always been: good at everything.
Except recognizing value in the most valuable.
Back in the day, he’d been the boy to watch. A football star, a rodeo champ…and watch them they did—every girl in town.
Whitney’s Four Star Review
S.E. Hall is back with her character’s signature sass and charm in Unstable, a new stand alone contemporary romance.
Henley stayed away from her small hometown for many years for a reason. Bad memories haunt every corner of her family farm and the little town she grew up in. But after so long away, she has to tie up some loose ends after her mother’s death and face her fears.
An unexpected friend is found in Gatlin, a young man who works on her family’s farm. The two have an insta-bond and she’s able to face some of her past so she can begin to move forward. The biggest thing in her way is Keaton. Her childhood nemesis now owns the farm next door and she can’t decide whether to kiss him or kill him for driving her crazy.
I got all the feels with this story from bouts of laughter to tears. The story flowed well and I really liked the characters from the beginning. Keaton is no Evan (if you’re an SE Hall fan, you’ll know who I mean) but he’s close. He’s a dirty talking but sweet southern boy who pairs well with Henley’s stubborn and feisty nature. In fact, these two are so much alike, that’s probably why they spend a lot of their time driving each other nuts.
There are a few twists and turns, some I liked more than others but details would involve spoilers so I’ll skip them. Overall, if you like over the top cowboys, enemies to lovers, or a good small town romance, you’ll want to give this a try!
S.E. Hall, lover of all things anticipation and romance, is the author of The Evolve Series: Emerge, Embrace, Entangled, Entice, Endure and companion novellas Baby Mama Drama and Guide for Tools Looking to Date My Daughter by character Sawyer Beckett. S.E. also wrote the stand-alone Finally Found novels Pretty Instinct and Pretty Remedy. Her co-written works include The Provocative Professions Collection: Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled 1&2, One Naughty Night and full-length, standalone novels Matched and Filthy Foreign Exchange with Angela Graham as well as Conspire, a romantic suspense, written with Erin Noelle.
S.E. resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 3 daughters of the home. When not writing or reading, she can be found “enthusiastically cheering” on one of her girls’ softball games.
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