Taken With You (Fractured Connections #4) by Carrie Ann Ryan
It all started at a wedding. Beckham didn’t mean to dance with Meadow. And he really didn’t mean to kiss her. But now, she’s the only thing on his mind. And when it all comes down to it, she’s the only person he can’t have.
He’ll just have to stay away from her, no matter how hard they’re pulled together.
Running away from her friend’s wedding isn’t the best way to keep the gossip at bay. But falling for the mysterious and gorgeous bartender at her friends’ bar will only make it worse. Beckham has his secrets, and she refuses to pry.
Once burned, twice kicked down, and never allowed to get up again. Yet taking a chance with him might be the only choice she has. And the only one she wants.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book….absolutely stunning. I’m floored by how much this author packed into this novella. And one of my favorite tropes (I’m not giving it away, but it shows a more gritty side of a trope that I normally adore, which left me a bit unsettled!) This book was all about secrets, and how they can make or break your life!
Beckham is reinventing himself. Becoming the person he knows he can be, after leaving the life he knew, the person he had become, behind. In doing that, he had secrets, ones that he held close to his chest and told no one about, hoping that one day, they didn’t come back to haunt him.
Meadow also has secrets, a past that haunts her. But she hides from her past, living life on her own terms. She can only hope to be able to become someone she can be proud of. One glimpse, one dance, changes everything. Beckham pulls at her, stirs her emotions, like no one has before, makes her want what she though wasn’t possible. She just has to decide what she wants to do with that, if she can be brave enough to grab at the possibilities.
Meadow and Beckham’s story is full of secrets, and intrigue. Their story, despite being a novella, fits in so well with the Fractured Connections series. Theirs is truly that, a connection that was broken, not even fully formed, and then put back together to become something amazing. A beautiful story, one that really shows that family, and love, is what you make of it!