Feisty businesswoman Aubree Manning knew coming back to Prospect, Texas would land her in the middle of drama. Her ex-boyfriend-turned-sheriff, Parker Montgomery, never forgave her for dumping his Camaro into the pond before she left town. Determined to make her pay, Parker arrests her the moment she enters town, but she manages to smooth talk her way out of trouble. However, it soon becomes difficult to suppress her lingering feelings for Parker when she starts spending more and more time with him.
Parker suffers in silence with anxiety and nightmares due to his dark past. After serving in the army for nearly eight years, he came back to Prospect to start anew. Though he never quite got over Aubree bailing on him the moment she turned eighteen, it seemed so easy picking up where they left off. The past can be forgiven, but the future stands in the balance. She’s only in town for a week and then she’s going to do the very thing she did ten years ago, unless Parker can find some way to convince her to stay.
My Rating: 2/5 stars
When you read a lot of books, 100+ each year, it takes a special book to stand out in the crowd, to be remembered. Unfortunately, Lexie Davis’s Still in Love With You isn’t one of those special standouts.
Aubree Manning has spent the past decade building a life for herself in Dallas. She’s successful and confident and so not looking forward to being back in her super-small hometown, but her father has called her home and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her father. Coming home means not only facing the town gossips, but facing the man she left behind a decade ago. The one man in the entire world who can shake Aubree’s confidence to her very core.
The second she sets foot in town, Parker Montgomery has Aubree arrested for driving his car into the lake a full decade ago. He’s clearly still a bit angry over their parting and wants everyone to know he doesn’t give a damn about Aubree. Problem is, everyone, including his family, her family, the town gossips, and his girlfriend knows he still gives a damn. With only ten days to two weeks tops to convince Aubree to remain with him and abandon her life in Dallas, Parker has his work cut out for him. As she’s always been, Aubree is stubborn and headstrong and convincing her to give up her posh life for small town living isn’t going to be easy.
Except for her current situation, Aubree has never known real strife in her life. She’s a hard worker and has earned everything she has, but she is also quite naïve. Being arrested by her ex-boyfriend is just funny and egging on the town gossips about her return to town is just plain fun. Being home and bailing her family out of financial ruin isn’t her idea of a good time so to work off the frustration, she starts showing up at Parker’s fixer-upper and putting her talents and bank account to good use. She can’t deny being near Parker again feels good, but his past is far darker than hers and helping him overcome that past isn’t going to be easy. She’s willing to help and she wants an HEA with Parker, but there’s going to have to be some compromising on both sides.
The Bottom Line: From start to finish, this story is just awkward. The most awkward bits include:
1) The excuse for getting Aubree home is certainly sweet, but terribly weak and somewhat unreasonable. Aubree has a seemingly good and strong relationship with her family so not coming home for a decade really doesn’t make sense especially given the fact she lives within four hours of her hometown.
2) While I am generally a fan of history and backstory and seeing those things play out in the present, it simply doesn’t work here. There isn’t a cohesion between the past and present in this read which makes it awkward, at best.
3) Each scene with Parker’s girlfriend is completely wasted in this read, extraneous detail that adds nothing to the overall plot. The worst of the scenes is the outburst in the hardware store. Really???
4) Finally, there’s the way everyone treats Parker. Rather than helping him, everyone treats him as if he’s broken and about to fall to pieces at any moment. Even his own father keeps big secrets from him rather than treating him like the adult he is.
While I wouldn’t call Still in Love With You a bad read, I also wouldn’t call it a good read either. Aubree and Parker are both OK characters with nothing remarkable about either to make them stand out among the romance genre crowd. The same can be said for the read overall, it’s OK, but not a book that is going to stand out among the considerable offerings in this genre.