It over-explains everything, always telling and never showing. There was something - a pull? Brenda Novak blew me away with No One But You. Desperate, she accepts a position assisting Dawson Reed—the same Dawson Reed who recently stood trial for the murder of his adoptive parents. Received from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book has more of a slow, gradual pacing that just sums up to good. I had liked the previous book in this series, but this one snatched my heart. Upon returning, Hideaki re-discovers a town he knew from childhood, meeting new friends and reuniting with those he had long forgotten.
Sadie Harris, is in the middle of a messy divorce with her husband, Sly, who is a police officer in the town. I loved Whiskey Creek and was sorry to see it end. I liked how it went past the happily ever after but the second one happed too fast. Despite his faded memory of this town during his childhood, he quickly becomes accustomed to this change and begins his life as a transfer student. Even though he was acquitted by the law, most of the habitants of the Silver Springs town still believe he is a murderer. Sadie, a waitress who has left her verbally abusive husband, has custody of her son, Jayden. That was what Maude and Sly wanted her to do.
This book was actually super suspenseful… and scary in a too real-kind of way. Her support came at a time when it was sorely needed and he gave her the protection, enough that it gave her much needed confidence to stand up to her husband and force his hand. Dawson and Sadie need each other, both have a ton of emotional baggage but quickly they realize how there's a fierce attraction and also an overwhelming familiarity between them. Written in third person point of view, past tense, the story was nicely paced, not too fast, but not slow either. Her waitressing gig isn't enough to pay the bills let alone secure primary custody of her son, Jayden, a battle she refuses to lose.
You'll wonder if the major crisis which breaks them up will be resolved and how. So many small reverences to other works, and all of them are not very clever. After all, Dawson was accused of murdering his parents. Part 1, Lily and Robin getting together, Part 2 was what happens after. Maybe because the story did not get to me completely and I have had some issues with it.
Other cops believe Sly, not Sadie. I experienced it as rather uneven, and that bothered me. But of course he is tarred with that brush since the real killer is unknown. I loved the support that Dawson gave Sadie and seeing the steps she went through to solve the problem. He just spent one year in prison for his parents murder.
They both had a lot to lose, but they still fought for love and what they felt was right. While No One But You is set in Silver Springs like Finding Our Forever I'd consider the books to be stand alone books, the characters from the first book are only mentioned a handful of times in this book. I'm very eager for my next visit to Silver Springs, a town and community I'm coming to really like. She is separated from her husband who doesn't want to let her go and is trying to sabotage her efforts to be self-sufficient in order to driver her back to him. Dawson and Sadie are both tragic, he because he's not been able to mourn his brutally murdered parents who he loved and suffers the scorn and judgment of a town who passed a sentence that a jury didn't. Novak did a good job conveying the fear and helplessness that the h felt toward her soon to be ex husband.
When artichoke farmer Dawson Reed offers Sadie the job of housekeeper and caregiver for his mentally challenged younger sister, she accepts--and sets off a chain of events that quickly become a lot more dangerous--and sensual--than anyone could have imagined. This also leads to so many inconsistencies ranging from the use of honorifics -san, -chan, sometimes -y? Dawson Reed is desperate to start his life over. I prefer books where the hero or heroine do smart or interesting things, not just worry about surviving the bad guy. In school, math and science were her best subjects, and when it came time to pick a major in college, she chose business. She'd struck a deal with Dawson in spite of Sly. Sadie filed for divorce and left her husband Sly who is a vicious mean bully cop.
She needs to become independent so she can take care of her herself and her son, Jayden, and protect him on her own. Jayden and Dawson weren't very likely to become romantically involved, and that just made their romance better in my opinion! I liked Dawson's determination to prove his innocence and his persistence in pursuing each lead that he got. Dawson, el personaje principal masculino, sencillamente, me ha enamorado. I'm enjoying this rather unconventional series. The writing is clear and precise. I loved that Dawson is patient and understanding of her fears.
Get it and enjoy the ride. A deep story about new beginning and resilient people. Dawson has given small town Silver Springs plenty of reasons to be wary, but he's innocent of the charges against him. Basic poses, not a lot of expressions. The H was a good guy. Dawson helped to slowly build her back up.