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by Catherine Bybee
Series: Most Likely To #2
Published by Montlake Romance Release date : January 24th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Zoe Brown may have been voted Most Likely to Never Leave River Bend, but the paper-thin walls and suffocating air of her family’s double-wide trailer were not what she wanted for her life. Other than BFFs Melanie and Jo, the only thing that kept Zoe sane during high school was her boyfriend, Luke.
She didn’t just leave, she escaped—turning her back on the shame of her black-sheep siblings and imprisoned dad. Now a celebrity chef in Dallas, she can afford all the things she never could have growing up. But when she returns to rustic, ruggedly beautiful River Bend, Zoe has to face all that she abandoned—including Luke.
While Luke was a refuge for Zoe in the past, he knows they inhabit totally different worlds now. Anchored by his parents and his job as a mechanic in his father’s shop, Luke never felt the urge to leave River Bend—until Zoe’s return.
But when the two rekindle their old flame, Zoe is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: remain in River Bend and confront her past before it destroys her, or say good-bye to everyone she’s ever loved…again, this time for good.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Having enjoyed the first book in the Most Likely To series, Doing It Over, I was excited to revisit River Bend in Staying for Good. In this installment, we get Zoe’s story. Zoe, the one voted most likely to, “Never Leave River Bend,” is the one that hightailed it out of there and never looked back. However, after her brief visits that forced her to face everything she left behind, she starts question if she made the right decision in leaving all those years ago. In addition, someone from her past returns that could turn everything she built upside down.
Zoe is an easy character to like and admire. I loved that she was willing to leave and go make something of herself. It takes guts. Luke, being one of the good guys, is perfect for Zoe. Luke’s determined to win her back, and his level of patience and support is nothing short of amazing. I just adore them together!
What I love about this series is the close, tight-knit community, and we get to revisit characters introduced in the first book, as well as getting to know more about others and the stories progress. Since the story is told in several different POV’s, it adds an additional layer to the depth of each character.
As with the first book, there’s a level of suspense throughout the story. The ending was a perfect set up for the final book, Making It Right.
Overall – I liked it! If you’re looking for a new adult contemporary series to start, I highly recommend it!