Chance of Rain
only things Natalie Bouchard wants to change are the weekly specials in her
Gram’s diner. So when her high school sweetheart strolls back into Dearling,
Texas, she allows herself to indulge in a little flirtation, but that’s as far
as it goes.
SEAL Sawyer Nolan has returned to sell his father’s land and get the hell out,
no matter how enticing he still finds Natalie. Until a storm rolls over the
Texas hills, stranding them together at the farm…and the memories of their
steamy past lead to a reunion filled
with hot days and long nights.
Natalie’s so far under Sawyer’s skin he can’t imagine being without her. But he
has a lot of history in Dearling he’d like to leave behind, and Natalie is
practically married to this town. If
Sawyer wants to be more than just another person who leaves Natalie, he’ll have
to give his hometown—and himself—one more chance.
“You planning on staying in town long?”
Sawyer paused, as though deciding how much to share. She
could have sworn regret flashed briefly in his eyes before he said, “Can’t say
that I am.”
And that was that. He had left all those years ago. He would
She couldn’t possibly be disappointed.
Sawyer turned to her. “I know it’s early, but do you happen
to have any of your famous cherry pie? Even after all these years, I still get
the craving for it now and then.”
The flattery softened her. Cherry pie was her specialty, not
Gram’s. He’d thought of it years later? It was seductive. He was seductive…but
also dangerous. She stood on the precipice, ready to fall for him all over
“Sorry,” she said. “Fresh out.”
He gave her a rueful look. “Guess I’ll have to come by
From the corner of her eye, she saw Lucy’s eyebrows rise.
Her friend knew she always kept a spare pie in the freezer for just this sort
of request. But with Sawyer, pie seemed like a slippery, fruit-filled slope.
He took a swig of coffee and set it on the counter. The mug
cracked down the side, separating from the handle. She stared at the broken
pieces of ceramic, suddenly unable to defend the quality or quaintness of her
diner. Unable to defend her own decisions, her dubious leadership. It wasn’t
old-fashioned at all. It was cheap, backward, exactly what he must think of
Exactly what he must think of her.
“Shit.” He grabbed the dish towel from her hand and wiped it
up. “Sorry about that.”
She wanted to let him, but there was a jerkiness to his
movements, an almost frantic edge that hinted at something darker beneath the
surface. She caught his hands, and they stilled beneath hers. His gaze lifted
“It was really good to talk to you, Sawyer. Even if you
leave town soon, I’m glad you came by.”
He swallowed. “I’d like to see you again.”
Her heartbeat quickened, and lower, a different kind of
pulse strummed through her body. It doesn’t mean anything, she told herself
She forced a smile. “You know where to find me.”
Because she never ever left.
Navy SEAL Sawyer Nolan never wanted to return to Dearling, Texas but when his father passed he had to return. In and out was Sawyer’s plan, the memories surrounding the town and his father are too brittle and Sawyer doesn’t want to reopen those wounds. That is until he walks into the diner owned by Natalie Bouchard.
Sawyer had walked away from Natalie once and it looks like time has not tampered with the chemistry they once had. Sawyer wants Natalie, but Natalie isn’t interested in being a fling. When Natalie decides she would rather have the memories, if even brief with Sawyer than nothing at all. If Sawyer can let go of the past, he may just have a future because there is no denying Natalie owns him heart and soul.
Wonderful read, Sawyer was an intricate hero who felt abandoned in a sense by the town he grew up in. Natalie was spirited and I liked the fact that she calls out Sawyer when needed, she doesn’t side step the issues she lays it out. Great book to sit down with on a rainy day.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Amber Lin writes edgy romance with damaged hearts, redemptive love, and a steamy ever
after. RT Book Reviews called her debut novel, Giving It Up, “truly
extraordinary.” Amber married her high school sweetheart, gave birth to a kid
who’s smarter than she is, and spends her nights writing down her dirty
thoughts. In other words, life is good.