Goodreads ~ Sometimes home is the refuge you need - and sometimes it isn't. Adelaide Davies, who's been living in Sacramento, returns to Whiskey Creek, the place she once called home. She's there to take care of her aging grandmother and to help with Gran's restaurant, Just Like Mom's. But Adelaide isn't happy to be back. There are too many people here she'd rather avoid, people who were involved in that terrible June night fifteen years ago.
Ever since the graduation party that changed her life, she's wanted to go to the police and make sure the boys responsible - men now - are punished. But she can't, not without revealing an even darker secret. So it's better to pretend ....
Noah Rackham, popular, attractive, successful, is shocked when Adelaide won't have anything to do with him. He has no idea that his very presence reminds her of something she'd rather forget. He only knows that he's finally met a woman he could love.
When she was sixteen, Addy was gang raped by five popular guys at their high school graduation party. She doesn't say anything and leaves Whiskey Creek as soon as she graduates.
Fifteen years later, Addy moves home to take care of her grandmother's restaurant. She hasn't been home since she graduated from high school. Right away she is kidnapped and left in an abandoned mine and told that if she tells anyone about what happened fifteen years ago, her grandmother will be killed. Noah finds and rescues her and is puzzled as to why she is vague about the details and doesn't want to tell the police. They are attracted to each other but Ally resists because his twin brother, Cody, was one of guys who had raped her.
This is the fourth in the Whiskey Creek series ... I'd read the first one last year and enjoyed it. I liked this one too.
I liked the writing style. It was well-paced and kept me wanting to read more.
I liked Addy. She had dealt with what had happened to her through therapy. She just wants to put it behind her but it comes back to haunt her when she is kidnapped (though she doesn't know by who). Noah was a nice guy, though he had commitment issues. Once he meets Addy, though, he knows he wants her and can't understand why she keeps putting up blocks. Milly, the grandmother, despite using a walker, was a tough gal and I wish I had a grandmother like that.
I found there was too much of an effort to tie in the other characters in the series (lots of mentions and references). I didn't know who these characters were so it was hard to keep track of them since they weren't part of this story.
I thought the subplot with Noah wondering whether Baxter, his best friend, was gay wasn't necessary ... it had nothing to do with Addy and Noah and I found it to be a distraction from the main story.
I found it confusing that Addy's last name was "Davis" and she just moved from "Davies" ... or maybe it was the other way around. I don't know why the author chose such similar names.
This would be a great beach read!
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