Two brothers. One impossible choice
From the moment her suspicions are confirmed, Lily knows she’s screwed. What the hell is a nineteen year old with no future going to do with a baby? She can barely take care of herself. She needs help.
In walks Sloan McClain, the only man Lily has ever truly wanted — and the brother of the boy whose baby she’s carrying. While Lily expects a great number of outcomes when she tells Sloan her news, him proposing marriage and asking her to keep the baby is not one of them, especially not when she has every intention of giving the baby a better future by giving it the home she can’t.
Having spent the majority of his life protecting his brother from the bone-breaking fists of their father, Sloan is no stranger to hardship, loss and abandonment. He has learned long ago never to rely on anyone to take care of what was his, and that baby is his. He isn’t about to let Lily give away his family, nor can he allow that child to destroy the future he has built for Cole. His only option: marry the mother and claim the baby as his.
But no secret ever stays hidden forever.
Review by Amanda
This is the story of complicated love and deep friendship, that will move you and hurt you, and then finally make you believe that love can prevail!
This story follows Lily, a 19 year old girl that grows up in the tiny town of Willow Creek. She has been best friends with Cole McClain forever. He is the yin to her yang, he understands absolutely everything about her. Their love for each other is deep, but they are only friends. The truth is Lily has loved Sloan, Cole's brother, since she was 13 years old. He has always been indifferent to her - and almost rude to the point that Lily really did not feel that he wanted her around.
Cole and Lily swear an oath to one another - if by the time they finish high school neither of them have "popped their cherries" they will lose them with one another. Cole's future is bright - he is headed to a school several hours away and destined to become a lawyer. He doesn't want to arrive at College and be inexperienced, and the deal is struck.
Of course things don't run smoothly and Lily discovers that their one night together has resulted in a baby. With nowhere else to turn she runs to Sloan and begs him to take her to see Cole. Sloan agrees and they head off to find Cole. When they get to him, they discover Cole is immersed in College life and has met someone that he absolutely adores.
Lily changes her mind about telling Cole when she sees how happy he is, and although it is against Sloan's better judgement he agrees and the two leave together. Upon their return home Sloan tries to convince Lily to keep the baby, however, Lily is determined to see her baby have a better life and wants to give him/her up for adoption.
Cole sets out to convince her that he is capable of raising a child, and he wants her to be involved. He starts by doing repairs on her family home, making it safer and slowly allows her to see exactly what she means to him. The towns people soon learn she is pregnant and after initial disbelief, finally become accustomed to the fact that Lily is having Sloan's baby.
I don't want to give too much away with regards to the rest of the story, but what happens next is both beautiful and heart breaking. Definitely well worth the read.
The book is very well written and there are parts that will have you sighing in complete bliss and other parts that will leave your poor little broken heart shattered.
Sloan is the epitome of an alpha male. He is rugged, hard working, straight forward and of course GORGEOUS! He is everything you never dreamed you could ever want.
Lily is the epitome of a soft spoken, soft hearted young lady. I really loved her fragility and the way she was written. The internal monologue that we read on both her and Sloan's behalf really makes your heart melt. I loved it.
I am giving this book 4 stars, this is the first time I have ever read this author's books, but I am hooked! Although the epilogue does give us closure as to what happens - I am really hoping that the author will give us Cole's story, I think it is one that needs to be told!
Meet Morgana Phoenix (this book is Airicka Phoenix writing as Morgana Phoenix)
Author Airicka Phoenix lives in a world where unicorns, fairies and mermaids run amok through her home on a daily basis. When she's not chasing after pixies and rounding up imps, also known as her four children, she can be found conjuring up evil villains, bad-ass heroines and swoon-worthy heroes to play with.
Airicka is singlehandedly responsible for her greatly anticipated collections, THE TOUCH SAGA, THE LOST GIRL DUOLOGY, THE REGENERATION SERIES, GAMES OF FIRE, & BETRAYING INNOCENCE. She also writes mature paranormal & contemporary romance under the dark guise of Morgana Phoenix where she has written, THE SONS OF JUDGMENT, MY SOUL FOR YOU, KISSING TROUBLE, & FOREVER HIS BABY.
For more about Airicka and the realm she rules with an iron fist--and tons of chocolate--visit her at www.airickaphoenix.com