Even after years of trauma therapy, Peyton still believes she’s broken. She has little desire to date or show off her natural beauty, content simply to hang out with her best friends and run her pie shop in New Orleans. But her world turns upside-down when a handsome architect and self-confessed player shows up in her shop and thinks she’s perfect, much more than the usual hook-up. While Peyton does her best to resist his charms, believing she could never be enough for him, she can’t deny the obvious heat between them. With Reed determined to have her, Peyton must decide whether to continue to hide behind her apron and baggy clothes or take a chance and share her scars with Reed, a man with a playboy reputation and scars of his own — a dark past he can’t possibly share with Peyton, not after learning the horrors she’s endured. But if they can find a way to trust each other, and themselves, they just might be able to heal, to save each other, to live perfectly broken together.
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Peyton Mayfield runs her grandmother’s pie shop Adelaide’s in New Orleans, she hides herself behind baggie clothing in hopes no one will pay attention to her. Underneath all of that is a woman who is completely and utterly broken. Truthfully their is a young, blue eyed, beautiful, sexy woman. Peyton does not see herself that way. When Peyton was a senior in college she suffered a traumatic event and has never been the same.
Sexy, handsome, successful architect Reed Langston who some consider to be a womanizer never settling down for just one, some say like father like son. Reed’s father has a past and it seems to follow Reed everywhere he goes, he would like to forget it and move on. Reed tries to prove to himself and everyone else he is nothing like his father.
Peyton and Reed meet at the pie shop, they are introduced by Peyton’s best friend Quinn and her boyfriend Brett, he happens to also be best friends with Reed. Sparks fly when the two meet Reed can’t seem to get Peyton off his mind, he starts to pursue her. Peyton knows he has a reputation and has no interest in being another notch under his belt. She continues to tell him no, he is relentless in his pursuit of her until she finally decides to have dinner with him. Their relationship starts out slowly and builds from that point on making you believe in them and the story.
“Well I’ve had variety, it left me hungry, unsatisfied, even a bit sick sometimes. But one bite, one nibble of the real deal…of you…leaves me happy, content, wanting more of you, and only you.”
Could Reed be the one to mend Peyton’s broken soul and make her whole again?
Can Reed move on from his father’s past and finally be happy?
Will Peyton and Reed be able to find the happiness they both deserve and overcome both of their past?
The secondary characters in the story were an added bonus and interesting especially Dr. Lorraine she was comical.
I absolutely loved this story and will say I did the ugly cry when Peyton finally does relive her past, the author did an excellent job with the subject matter at hand. The epilogue was epic at best my favorite.
This is my second both by Prescott Lane and I look forward to reading more of her work.
“You happened to me, you changed everything. “