Lead The Way
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: April 22nd 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Fresh off the high of college graduation, Melody James is back in her Podunk town. She needs a job, but first, she’ll spend a lazy summer with no agenda at all.
But life’s got other plans for Melody, ones she’d sooner ignore. When the next-door neighbor passes away, his son returns home to take care of his affairs. Thane Cohen hasn’t been home in ten years. The last time he was, someone accused him of murdering Melody’s parents. Now, after major efforts to recover his self-worth and start a construction company, Thane wonders if enough time has passed for him to clear his once good name.
At the time of the murders, Melody was the only person who didn’t believe Thane was responsible. But how could she even suggest otherwise when just about everyone in town was convinced of Thane’s guilt? Her brothers would never allow it. With nothing to lose before, Thane packed up and left, leaving the town and Melody behind. Now that he’s back, rekindling an old flame in Melody and proving his innocence are critical.
When several car windshields get broken and fires start unexpectedly, the world inside their little town is tossed upside down. With Melody’s brother against her, and Thane fighting every attempt she makes at breaking down his walls, Melody’s push for answers leads her to a frightening conclusion. Thane may actually know more about her parents’ death than she was lead to believe. Can she trust him, or has everyone else been right about him all along? Only time will tell if she can let love lead the way.
*Author previously wrote under the name, Alla Kar
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars
When the world is against them, will love lead the way for Melody and Thane?
This was a really enjoyable second-chance romance with a twist of suspense. Thane has tried so hard to put his past behind him, and Melody can’t seem to escape hers. Their lives are forever connected, but not necessarily in a good way.
He has built some pretty big walls around his heart, and rightfully so. There’s an nice push/pull between the characters as Melody tries to get past his boundaries and prove to Thane that he’s more than what the town thinks of him. (BTW, I love that name!)
The story flows nicely, and the characters are well-rounded. The subplots didn’t take away from the main story between Thane and Melody, nor did I find that the mystery behind her parents’ murders overshadowed the budding romance.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Brittany Booker Carter previously writing as Alla Kar. I’m a Christian, lover or romance, a wife and mother to a wild-child!