LET IT BE ME
By: Barbara Speak
Cover Model: Mac Robinson
"I love a book that can keep me guessing! With twists and turns you won't see coming this is a must read for 2015!"
#1 NYT Best Selling Author Rachel Van Dyken
Arianna Dubray is nothing like the girl she left in Baltimore. Once a Prada shoe wearing, Michael Kors bag carrying, on top of the world seventeen-year-old girl, Arianna knew that her life would never be the same when she got out of the car in middle-of-nowhere Montana.
Canyon Michaels is the keeper of his own dark secrets. Plagued by his family name, he's forced to prove the town wrong and make it on his own.
The last thing Arianna needs is a reason to stay, but with every passing day the decision to leave becomes harder. Once their paths cross nothing can tear them apart, other than the secrets that start to surface and the nightmares that soon become their reality.
The truck was just as ugly the second time I had seen it as it was the first. Nothing was endearing or cute about it. He must have bought it off an elderly farmer who couldn't drive anymore because no one would be selling this beast in a car lot that's for sure. Opening the door, the same wave of stale cigarette smoke hit me. This time I slid myself over to the passenger side and rolled down the window doing the same on my side after I was done. The cracking noise could still be heard when I pulled the door closed too.
"I can't say I expected you to change while I was in class but it sure would have been nice."
I put the key in the ignition and turned it over only to hear a click and then nothing.
"NO, NO, NO! Please don't do this to me!"
Four more attempts with the same result. Nothing.
I pulled out my phone to call for someone to get me but that someone didn't exist. He would rather me never come back. My mother wouldn't dare go against his wishes and Shelby obviously can't drive.
Grabbing my purse and backpack I started doing the only thing I could, I walked. I tried to find positive in a negative situation but there really wasn't one. My feet hurt, I was thirsty and if one more person drove by staring at me without even offering me a ride I was going to flip out. I thought country people were supposed to be nice. Isn't that what everyone says? Well, they're wrong or there aren't any in Highgrove, Montana.
My cell phone died sometime around four-thirty. Well, that was the last time I checked it and around ten minutes later it was dead. I had been walking for over an hour and a half and saw a total of two cars.
"WHAT THE HELL HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?" I screamed it at the top of my lungs hoping God would just finish the job and take me out of my misery.
All of a sudden, I heard the engine of a car coming from behind me. This was it. My final hope for humanity to restore itself. It got closer. I could feel the wind change and the vibration within it.
"Please, please be someone nice enough to give me a ride or someone crazy enough to off me ‘cause I can't take this anymore."
I turned around just as the truck approached me praying for a miracle but sure enough the prick kept his foot on the pedal.
"That's fucking it!"
I grabbed a handful of rocks from the side of the road and threw them right at that pretty truck he was driving.
"Have that, asshole!"
The brake lights came on just as the clang from the rocks started hitting the tailgate. The tires screamed against the blacktop while the back end kicked to the side from stopping so fast. My eyes practically bulged out of my head when the driver side door flew open.
And oh shit was mild compared to what I would have said if I had known who the fury coming at me was before I decided to throw rocks at his truck. How could I not have thought it was him? I had seen that truck before.
"WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU?"
"ME? YOU’RE THE ASSHOLE THAT WOULDN'T EVEN STOP FOR A POOR GIRL WALKING DOWN A FREAKING ENDLESS ROAD!"
"WHY WOULD I?"
I can't believe I did it. Never in a million years would I have ever even thought to do something like this but I reached down in my rage, grabbed a handful of rocks again and threw them right at his chest. Wall of muscle or not he could take that and suck on it.
This book hooks you from the beginning and you don't want to put it down cause you'll be begging to know what happens next or wondering how much more can go wrong with Canyon and Ari?? Book contains abuse, political corruption, drugs and much more. You will laugh, cry, and wish their bad luck would stop already.
Ari has a secret she needs to hide to protect herself and her sister. They are forced to move to Montana, two months before she graduates high school and came from the lavish life to country life with her mom and step dad (insert nice version of what he is called in book). Does Ari have what it takes to be a country girl? Her step dad abuses her and is quite sad, that her mom does nothing to protect Ari. Ari is bullied in her new school and is trying to make it to the end of graduation to finally escape her horrible life, while protecting her sister from seeing what happens to her. See meets Canyon (hilarious the way they meet) and he finds a way to protect her by working on his farm.
Canyon had no better life. His dad is in jail for killing his mom and Canyon works to restore the family name (for the better) and builds the farm back up. The attraction between these two are real and I love that the man falls for the girl, not the girl falling for the man first. He will do anything to protect her or her sister, Shelby. I especially love the instant feelings he has for Shelby and will do anything to make her safe.
There are many heartbreaks in this book that I don't want to ruin for you, you just need to read this for yourself. Canyon and Ari (including Shelby) are meant to be together! No one should have to go through what they went through especially so young, but they are both strong and their love is real. The twist and turns will keep you on wanting to read more. Patiently waiting for book 2!!!
Author Barbara Speak loves nothing more than being allowed to share her ideas and thoughts through books that so many enjoy. When she's not writing she's caring for her son and daughter along side her amazing husband in rural Missouri. She has 5 more babies but these are covered in fur. Bode the boxer, Tucker the beagle and Lily, Callie and Connor her kitties.
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