BEST OF ME by LK Farlow
Release Date: September 5, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the dark to my sister’s light—the awkward loner to her social butterfly. Growing up, she had it all: our parent’s unyielding approval, perfect grades, a permanent spot at the popular table, and the attention of the hottest guy ever—Duke Kincaid.
After eighteen years of living in her shadow, I couldn’t wait to escape—to finally be my own person. Yet here I am, I’m back in my hometown, once again in Valorie’s shadow. Only now, it’s eternal.
I had life all planned out: join the force, marry Valorie Parsons, and start a family of our own. I have the job, but the girl and all my dreams died before my very eyes.
Finally ready to move on, I agree to a blind date. Imagine my shock when I arrive and find, Valorie’s twin sister, waiting across the table from me. Mallory should be a reminder of all that I’ve lost, but instead she feels like my redemption . . . like maybe life’s giving me a second chance.
But, how can I be enough for her when I’ve already given her sister the best of me?
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars
Mallory did not have a good relationship with her parents, and as a result of her mother’s abuse, her relationship with Val suffered. Mallory left for college on a scholarship and never looked back. Now 8 years later, she’s moved 15 minutes from her hometown to take a teaching job and rents Jenny’s sweet little cabin.
Duke has to bail on helping Jenny’s new renter move in because Val’s mom is having a meltdown. All he knows is that Mallory left her family behind, not even going to her twin’s funeral. So when Nate and Jenny set Duke up with Jenny’s new friend, he and Mallory are shocked to see one another. But what torments Duke even more is how, in the weeks that follow, he can’t stop thinking about the connection he feels to his dead girlfriend’s twin.
LK Farlow did a great job in exploring Duke’s inner conflict. He was so angry with Mallory for what he perceives, and there is a great confrontation between them when Mallory explains the terrors of her childhood. The push and pull between the two is fantastic as they both struggle with betraying the memory of Valorie.
I’ve read several of LKF’s books, and The Best Of Me is by far my favorite so far! I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
Nate follows my line of sight and smirks. He may be my best friend and partner, but damn if I don’t want to knock that smarmy-ass look right off his face. And when he opens his mouth, the feeling intensifies. “It’s okay to—”
I shoot him a withering glare before stomping off toward Mallory.
I don’t stop until I’m close enough to feel the heat of her body. She has to tilt her head back to see me, and when our eyes meet, my name topples from her lips on a breathy sigh. “We need to talk.” My tone is all business—my cop voice, as Nate calls it—as I wrap my fingers around her forearm, prepared to drag her along behind me if necessary. Luckily, she comes all too willingly—so why am I still holding on to her?
The feeling of her soft, sun-warmed skin beneath my palm sends little zaps of electricity under my skin, into my muscle. Her nearness has me strung taut like a drawn bow. Here’s to hoping like hell I don’t snap.
Deep down, like really fucking deep, I know I’m acting like a colossal asshole, but much like a prepubescent boy picking on his schoolyard crush, it’s the only way I know how to deal with all of the conflicting feelings she stirs in me.
About LK Farlow
LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for words. She’s been writing stories for as long she can remember. A Southern girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA–that’s Lower Alabama, y’all–with her amazing husband and three rambunctious children. When she’s not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching car shows while she crochets or with her nose in a book.
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