Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Rian Kerry, and I’m in huge trouble.
This is how it happened: I had a crush. You know those teenage crushes, which I’m sure you’ve all experienced, too. It was that kind of crush that makes your knees tremble, that makes you blush violently and stammer when you’re with that person. One of those crushes that you assume you’ll just grow out of, the way the seasons change.
The problem is that my crush didn’t go anywhere. Actually, it only got worse, transforming into something absurd and unbearable, which no one could seem to understand.
Especially not him.
Because he’s off-limits. He’s barricaded himself within his walls, from a sense of fear and guilt. He’s locked up his heart forever, and seems to have no intention of letting anyone in ever again.
My friends, Jordan, Anya, and Holly, say that he just needs a little push. They say that he needs to learn to believe again.
But I don’t think he’ll ever be ready, because he simply doesn’t want to be.
He doesn’t want to believe.
Not in something like us.
Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Parker Hayes, and I’m an idiot.
Yep, you heard me right. I’m a real idiot. And, I swear, that’s putting it lightly.
But I’m a lot of other things, too. I’m a fireman, and a single father to two cheeky, hyperactive six-year-old twins. I’m a brother to Tyler, another fireman – and another idiot – who always seems to stick his nose into my business. I’m a kind-of friend to Niall, yet another idiot with nothing to do but barge into my life, uninvited.
Let’s get back to the point, here: the reason I’m an idiot.
Well, it’s pretty simple. I’ve lost my mind. Literally. It happened again. I fell for it. With my head, with my body, and with the heart I was sure I’d never be able to piece back together after another inevitable disaster.
The problem is that she’s not like the others.
She bakes cakes with my daughters, laughs with them, and shows them her magic bag. They’re crazy about her.
And so am I.
And now she knows it, and I know it, and everyone around us knows it. But I can’t take that step. I can’t let everything go to start over.
I can’t live through this again – because this time, I won’t be left standing.
Not if she’s the one to break my heart.
The description of this book had me intrigued from the moment I read it and had me excited to explore the story further.
In this story we meet heartbroken father of two Parker who is understandably adjusting to his life as a single parent and all that entails. After all he has lived through he can’t even begin to imagine letting anyone close to him, let alone opening up his heart to the possibility of love once again.
That is until Rian walks into his life and turns his world upside down. She is a vibrant character who you feel a connection to from the moment she appears in the story. The attraction she feels towards Parker is instant, but she believes it is only a crush, that is until she starts spending more time with him and his twin daughters who she forms a bond with immediately.
But of course, it is not smooth sailing for their blossoming romance, especially as Parker is keeping his cards very close to his chest when it comes to his ever growing feelings for her. But the real question is – will they be able to break down the walls keeping them apart, or will they have to walk away from one another for good.
This was the first book I have read by this author, and I am certain I will be trying to locate all their previous books too. The characters are well fleshed out and have lived their own unique lives which gives them a much deeper story to share with the reader. The storyline itself is perfectly paced and keeps you engaged throughout as you wait to see what the outcome will be. A wonderful read.
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About the Author
A. S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.
She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.
She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.
Rainy Days is her debut novel.
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*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and A. S. Kelly for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*