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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Marquita Valentine, comes the 4th book in her new adult series, BOYS OF THE SOUTH.
There’s only one place in the world Lacey Evans feels normal- the roller derby track. When she laces up her skates and fastens her helmet, she’s powerful and in charge. She knows exactly what to do and what to say. The rules are clear and penalties are enforced for those who don’t follow them. But in the read world, she’s far from powerful and in charge. She never knows exactly what to do and say. For years, she counted on one person to be exactly who he said he was–her best friend, Wyatt Tanaka. Only she changed the rules on him, without any warning, and now she’s the one being punished.
Marine veteran, Wyatt Tanaka, came home to a heroes welcome. But he’s hiding a secret, one that could potential destroy his life. He’s doing the best he can, trying to cope with the guilt and the pain of the girl he loves pushing him away by doing all the things he’d sworn not too. Women, bars, drugs and drinking are what consume him. With Lacey’s new rules, he has nothing to hold on to. Nothing to keep in from feeling dead.
Then one night, he goes too far, gets in too deep, and when the truth comes out… will Lacey keep pushing him away or help save him?
It may still be January and cold but the heat is on in the South!! Book four of the Boys of the South series, Wish for You is the one many of us have been waiting for . . . .Lacey and Wyatt!! The gentle ex-Marine and the totally weird (in the awesome kind of way!) girl who rocks the roller derby finally get their moment and oh, what a moment it is.
Wyatt has been home from his overseas service for a short time and to say that he is struggling wouldn’t even come close. He has nightmares, he has anger issues, he is involved in some seriously self-destructive behavior and, the one person who has always been able to calm him down and help him focus has made it clear that she only wants to be friends. For two years, Wyatt cherished the letters and packages Lacey sent him and knew, without doubt once he returned to his hometown, Lacey would be his. Hope is a wonderful thing until the moment your intended places you squarely and firmly into the friend zone.
Lacey Evans has always been socially awkward, she avoids change of any kind like the plague, she holds her few friends close and, wishes more than anything else for two things: 1) to be free and confident in her daily life like she is when she skates and; 2) to be so much more than friends with her best friend, Wyatt. For two years while Wyatt was serving overseas, Lacey sent letters and packages and always hoped for Wyatt’s safe return. When Wyatt came home, Lacey was sure that all would be right between the two of them and then, Wyatt’s parents made it clear that Lacey is not the girl for him and she was to discontinue her “relationship” with their son immediately. Though it nearly kills her to do so, Lacey tells Wyatt they can be nothing more than friends.
Though both Lacey and Wyatt are trying to abide by the new rules of their relationship, both are struggling. As if things aren’t bad enough, Lacey’s world is turned upside in a couple of ways: 1) Wyatt is trying to move on and date other people; 2) as her good friend and nothing more, Wyatt is setting Lacey up on a date; 3) the roller derby isn’t going all that well and; 4) Lacey’s parents and all her nine siblings are packing up all of their belongings and moving overseas to work as missionaries so Lacey is going to have to move out. Remember I mentioned Lacey’s avoidance of change? With no one else to turn to and no one else she can trust, Lacey moves in with Wyatt and slowly but surely the tension mounts and the friend zone begins to break down.
The Bottom Line: I’m still totally and completely in love with this series and am glad to see that it is still evolving and each story is fresh and new. Wyatt and Lacey have always been a part of the series but as secondary characters so the wait for their story was long but totally worth it. Valentine’s characters are always slightly damaged but she has upped the game in this read and dealt with some truly tragic circumstances and conditions. Explaining Wyatt and Lacey and their particular situations could have gone epically wrong but Valentine shines as she deals with sensitive topics in both a caring and appropriate manner. Lacey and Wyatt’s road is not an easy one by any means but somehow they manage to always see one another for who they truly are and are able to deal with any dilemma they face. I have loved every couple in this series but at the end of the day, Lacey and Wyatt may just be the most gratifying of the group.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South. Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.
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