I never planned on returning to Alabama, but circumstances brought me here after years of being gone. Though Lawton Ridge is my hometown, I was hesitant to go back because of her – my sister’s best friend. The last time we were together, she was 18, and I was a broken soldier transitioning to civilian life.
Gemma wrote to me while I was overseas and we developed a bond I hadn’t anticipated. I crushed her heart the day I left, something I’ve never forgotten. But now that her dad is my new boss, life just got way more complicated.
Too sweet, too innocent, too good for a guy like me – I should walk away again.
After serving five years in prison for something I didn’t do, I trust no one, but Gemma gradually breaks down my walls and exposes the pain I’ve hidden underneath. For her own sake, I should keep my distance, but it’s nearly impossible when I hear her sweet humming while I work and she slowly draws me back in. It’s a battle I didn’t train for, and one I’ll lose if I don’t keep my restraint – especially since she’s engaged to another man.
Keeping You Away is a slow-burn, angsty second chance romance with lots of small-town, Southern drama. It’s book one in the Tyler & Gemma duet and must be listened to first.
There has always been something standing between Tyler and Gemma whether it was his military career, the aftereffects of his military career or how he found himself falsely imprisoned. He believes that she deserves so much more than he could ever give her especially now that she is engaged. Even though he has returned to his hometown and is working for her father he doesn’t believe that she could ever forgive him for the mistakes of the past.
Gemma has left Tyler in her past and is now planning a future with another man. After the pain he caused her she would prefer that he stayed in the past but what she hadn’t expected was that time and distance hadn’t diminished the chemistry between them but she has moved on with her life, hasn’t she?
Both Gemma and Tyler are compelling characters and this story takes you on an emotional journey that leads up to a cliffhanger which has us wondering what the future holds for this couple. I thought that the narrators did a great job with the angst and emotion of the story.