4 Nov 2013

REVIEW: Leave the Lights On by Karen Stivali


"When love throws you a curve, swing for the fences. "

Parker Wood's dreams of becoming a professional baseball player are shattered when he's injured in a devastating car crash. After two years in hospitals and physical rehab facilities, he's ready to move back to his childhood home and take over the family landscaping company. The house and business are his, now that his father has passed.

Sophie Vaughn has suffered through a hellishly public divorce from a husband who couldn't manage to stay faithful for two months of marriage. Determined not to let her personal drama impact her successful wedding and party planning business, she buys her parents' old house, hoping the comfort of familiar surroundings will help her heal.

When Parker and Sophie discover they're neighbors once again, it's as if time has stood still. Their friendship is quickly rekindled, along with the decade-long crush neither of them ever admitted having. Then the heat between them exposes a long-held secret that threatens to tear them apart...unless they can detach from their painful pasts and move forward-together.

Warning: Contains sultry summer nights, steamy pool-side encounters, and you'll never look at a jar of peanut butter the same way again.

My Thoughts

The night Parker Wood's girlfriend breaks up with him after admitting that she is pregnant with another guy's child, he has a horrific car accident that lands him in hospitals and rehab centers for over two years. Gone is his dream of becoming a professional baseball player. After returning to his childhood home after the death of his father, he is surprised to see Sophie Vaughn is living next door to him again.

Sophie is one of Parker's oldest friends. She had bought her parent's house after getting divorced from her cheating husband. Growing up she had always had a crush on Parker but knew she was nothing more than a friend to him. When she learns that Parker is living at home again, she goes to visit him and there friendship is rekindled.

Along with their friendship, a romance begins after they both discover that they had liked each other while they were younger. Although they fall comfortably fast into their blossoming relationship, it's not all smooth sailing for Parker and Sophie. Can they survive the obstacles thrown at them?

Karen Stivali has a wonderful way with words. Her ability to draw you in to the world of her characters is truly amazing. Parker and Sophie are very lovable, for their own unique reasons. I connected with them instantly. The story flowed beautifully, and I was hooked from the very beginning. The only thing that I wasn't too fussed on was that the story seemed to end abruptly. I hope we get to read more of Parker and Sophie in the future!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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