Falling in love is easy…
New Hope, South Carolina is my home. It’s where I grew up, got into trouble, and fell in love for the first time. Scarlett Kincaid was more than the girl next door, she was my best friend, until she decided that small town life wasn’t for her. One minute she was here, and the next she was gone.
The girl I used to fish with down at the creek is now the biggest name in country music. She headlines world tours, has won four Grammys, and I haven’t seen her since. Until today when she sped through town in her fancy car. One look at her big brown eyes was all it took to stir up a whole slew of emotions. Emotions I’d long ago buried and sure as hell don’t have time for.
It’s the aftermath that’s hard…
There are two things in my life that matter. My music, and my dad. Twelve years ago, I packed a bag and chased my dream. Leaving New Hope and escaping the gossip mill was the easiest decision I ever made. I never planned to return, but my father needs me, and he always comes first. So, I did what I had to do. I cut my tour short and came home, despite having a sister who hates me, and a community that doesn’t trust me.
And then there’s Tucker Andrews.
When he propped an arm on the roof of my car, pulled down his sunglasses and flashed his police badge, I nearly swallowed my tongue. Gone is the lanky boy who used to throw rocks at me and pull my pigtails. Tucker is now a six-foot package of brawny, sexy man wrapped in more muscle than I have hit singles. Did I mention he’s a cop and a single dad?
My goal was to help Dad, and get back to my life. But what am I supposed to do when the life that used to strangle me suddenly fits like a glove, and makes me dream of things I never thought I’d have? What happens when the boy I walked away from years ago becomes one of the most important people in my life? I don’t have room for a man much less love.
Because it’s impossible to hold onto someone who’s already gone.
4 Heart Review by Ashley
Small town. Single parent. Second chance. Two of my favorite authors. Check, check, check and check! When I saw that Kristen Proby and K.L. Grayson were teaming up, I knew I had to get my eyeballs on their collaboration. I didn't even read the blurb of Already Gone before I started and I flew through it.
I liked Scarlett a lot. Yes, she ran out of her hometown as fast as her boots would take her. And yes, she hit it big, but she still had a heart of gold. She stepped up and in when the people she loved needed her. Case in point, her return to New Hope. Which brings her face to face with her childhood best friend, Tucker, for the first time in over a decade. And can I just say, the years were kind to him.
While things between Tucker and Scarlett were rocky at first, they quickly found a way forward. Tucker was able to let his resentment over her leaving go. And all the guilt Scarlett held dissipated each and every day. But time was not on their side. Scarlett's life was fast-paced, demanding and not in middle of nowhere South Carolina...
I loved the message of compromise that played throughout the whole book. Working together to come to a solution that benefited both parties. Already Gone was a sweet, friends-to-lovers romance. Mostly low on drama and high on fun. Tucker and Scarlett were the perfect match for each other. It took them a lot of years and miscommunication and frustration to get there. But when they worked together everything became so clear. Fingers crossed this isn't the last time these two team up because Dean and Scooter for sure need their stories told!
About the Authors
Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.
During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.
Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.
Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.
K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.