Thursday, July 17, 2014

ARC Book review: Should've Been Home Yesterday (Country Roads #3) by Inez Kelley

Available July 21st
ARC ebook provided by publisher through Netgalley

Book three of Country Roads

Thirteen years ago, Webb Hawkins and Clay McCreedy were best friends, more like brothers than business partners. Determined to push Hawkins Hardwood into the future, their lives were intertwined on every level. Until Webb came home and realized little Molly McCreedy had grown up.

Stay away from my baby sister. It was the one thing Clay had asked of Webb, but it was a promise Webb couldn't keep, and his actions did more than ruin their friendship—it changed everything. Now Clay is dead, Molly is pregnant after a night of memories and alcohol, and a guilt-ridden Webb needs to put things right.

As what begins as a marriage in name only slowly grows to include the love Webb and Molly have always kept carefully buried, a series of fires erupts across Black Cherry Canyon. And an infamous eco-terrorist sets his sights on Molly—the ultimate pawn in his vendetta against Hawkins Hardwood. To save one, Webb may have to let the other go…

This is the conclusion of the Country Roads trilogy. I've been lucky enough to read and review all three of these and was anxious to see what Inez Kelley would do with Webb. Webb has some serious demons haunting him. He blames himself for his best friend Clay's death.  Years ago after Clay found Webb with his little sister Molly he stalks off mad before Webb could explain. That evening started a chain of events that ended with Clay dead and Webb with not only serious physical injuries but emotional ones as well. He's been beating himself up and working at a ragged pace to try and make amends for what he feels his actions caused. Now after a night of too much drinking and poor judgment Molly is pregnant. Webb asks her to marry him. It's only right he thinks. He will take care of her but eventually she will leave. Poor Webb. He's so mixed up and guilt ridden he can't let the past go and see what he has right in front of him. His actions not only ruin his chances at happiness, which of course he thinks he doesn't deserve but also ruins Molly's happiness and eventually that same path could ruin his potential child's happiness. Follow that?  It takes a crazy man who is out to make Webb pay to finally see what he can have and deserves when he takes Molly hostage. Inez Kelley really pulls out all the stops in this final book. This story has contemporary romance elements mixed with romantic suspense and both are delivered in vivid color. I was rooting for Webb to finally forgive himself for something that was nothing more than a accident before he lost the precious future he could have if he wanted. 

Find out more about  the Country Roads Trilogy and Inez Kelley here

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