Holly Partridge had no plans to return to Willow Park, Illinois, until her troubled younger sister Portia fled her home and aimed herself straight at Holly's high school nemesis--too-gorgeous-to-be-true Josh Hunter. Read more...
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Holly Partridge had no plans to return to Willow Park, Illinois, until her troubled younger sister Portia fled her home and aimed herself straight at Holly's high school nemesis--too-gorgeous-to-be-true Josh Hunter. Riding a manic bipolar high, Portia's only a danger to herself, but Holly needs to find her before she crashes. That means asking Josh for help.
The ultimate love 'em and leave 'em lothario, Josh was never good for anything but a broken heart. But now he's lending a hand when Holly needs it most--and revealing surprising generosity and compassion. Has Josh shed his bad boy ways? Or is Holly suddenly grown up enough to acknowledge her own mistakes? Trusting Josh could be a disaster--or the first step in banishing the past to make way for a future happier than Holly ever imagined. . .
Sarah Hegger's voice is rich and witty and in a word, addictive. --Terri Osburn, author of the bestselling Anchor Island series"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-03
- Reviewer: Staff
In Hegger’s melodramatic second Willow Park contemporary (after Nobody’s Angel), a young woman juggles complicated family issues with her rekindled desire for a high school crush. Holly Partridge returns to Chicago after years away and goes in search of her sister Portia, who’s fled home while in the depths of a bipolar episode. With no one else to turn to, Holly reluctantly accepts the help of Josh Hunter, who once broke her heart. Holly’s issues and Josh’s reputation as a playboy prove difficult obstacles in their road to mutual happiness. When Holly’s other sisters show up, things tip from complicated into messy, leading to emotional upheavals, tearful revelations, and a chance for the Partridge sisters to deal with long-repressed traumas. Hegger’s characters have real chemistry, especially in the bedroom, and she tackles mental illness with sensitivity and realism. However, the story suffers from clunky prose: “Not so clueless was every red-blooded male in her vicinity. More than one covert eye went her way.” Hegger’s style lacks subtlety or restraint, threatening to overwhelm the reader with an emotional assault on every page. Agent: Nalini Akolekar, Spencerhill Associates. (Sept.)