What I liked: She had to stop living in the past. From now on, she would put one foot in front of the other and start living. Not just the admirable show of it she’d been putting on all those years. But for real.
Life moves forward, yet events from our past can be so powerful that their grip keeps a part of us stuck and unable to move on. We try to drown out the painful past with a busy current life, but there is always something reminding us that until we deal with the unfinished business, the past will not only influence our present but overshadow it completely.
Breanna Parker fled her hometown physically but not emotionally. No matter how much physical distance Breanna has put between herself and the tragic events in her past, she has yet to fully acknowledge and deal with these chapters in her life. Forced to return home to take part in her sister’s wedding, Breanna must confront her ex-fiancé but more importantly she must confront herself. If she is to ever get past her mixed feelings for the emotionally immovable Troy Youngblood, Breanna will need to dig deep down to find the inner strength she never knew she had.
In Always a Bridesmaid, author Elaine Hopper draws the reader into a story of two wounded parties bent on clinging to their painful pasts. Troy and Breanna share a difficult past but there is no denying the powerful chemistry between them in the present. Neither Troy nor Breanna want the other to see their vulnerability and fiercely hold onto their hurt and anger. Each fears what will be left behind when they let go.
Book blurb: Hell has finally frozen over. After nine long years, Breanna Parker has come home to be her sister’s maid of honor. Just her luck that the first person she runs into is her ex-fiancé, Troy Youngwolf—the man who eloped with her ex-best friend and broke her heart. Now a widowed father and sheriff of their Florida home town, sexy bad boy Troy wants another chance and won’t take no for an answer. However, every time Breanna looks at Troy or his little girl, her heart breaks anew. She can hardly wait for her sister to get hitched so she can escape back to her urban family in Ft. Lauderdale. The risk is too high that Troy may discover her most closely held secret, one with the potential to destroy them both…perhaps this time forever.
Book Excerpt: “So this is how the worldly Breanna behaves in her off-duty hours?” Troy righted Breanna, his hands lingering on her arms.
She stepped back, quelling the desire to rub away his prints. She chafed that Sierra was getting a big head start and she was left alone with Troy. “What are you doing in my house? Daddy’s not home.”
“Is that how you greet your boss? Or your old flame?”
Fire smoldered in Troy’s eyes as mischief danced in his voice. Knowing Sierra was way ahead, she sighed. “What do you want? More memos copied? Someone to pour you a coffee?” she said with saccharine sweetness, vowing to return to college and upgrade her career.
“I stop by periodically to make sure everything’s okay. This is my last stop of the day.” He didn’t move to leave. “Everything okay here?”
Was he daring her to make him leave? She scowled. “Only if you call having a crazed sister okay. Or having my boss intrude on my personal space.”
He didn’t blink, just advanced a step. “Is being around me really that bad? You didn’t used to think so.”
Before she realized his intentions, Troy backed her against the wall and crushed close. He captured her lips in a searing kiss that left her weak-kneed and breathless. Soft hands cupped her face, stilling her head. His hips pinned her to the wall so she couldn’t do more than squirm against his solid frame.
How long they kissed in the hall, she didn’t know. She was powerless to break the kiss—as if she’d been starved for it for years. Shirt balled in her hands, she molded her body to his.
He drew back a short distance. “You can kiss me like that and still say you hate me?”
Tammy Elizabeth Southin