#5BlushReview~~Leaving Scarlet by J. Lynn Bailey
Tera’s 5 Blush Review
This second chance romance is one of the top! I’d honestly have to say this is my favorite book in the series so far.
This story brings us Scarlet and Cash. Best friends growing up even though Scarlet had to leave at the age of 5. Every summer their friendship bloomed and blossomed even more until they were each other’s first loves.
But pain ripped Scarlet from Dillon Creek. She only returned after the death of her beloved grandmother left her to sell the house and sort through all the memories left behind. And in those memories are also not only family secrets but small town secrets.
By happenstance, Cash is also home in Dillon Creek. His rage, anger and boozing has forced him to clean up before he can return to his successful career as a bullfighter. He has no clue how to approach Scarlet.
With her intention to leave Dillon Creek, Cash finally realizes he has to win Scarlet back. He has to break down her walls and learn why she really left and give her a reason to stay.
This book has the most well-developed characters and story line. Much of the backstory of the town comes to fruition and we learn much about who Scarlet really is and who her family really is since her mother is estranged and her grandparents are dead.
The flashbacks to her childhood with Cash brings out another layer of their relationship, and I could not root for their love enough.
When Cash Atwood is sent home from his full-time gig at Bullfighters One because of reasons he’s not ready to reconcile, going home to Dillon Creek is his only choice. The Atwood Ranch is the last place he wants to be. Short-fused, full of anger, and out of options, Cash’s only outlet is women, and he uses them to his advantage.
But when Scarlet returns to Dillon Creek to take care of her late grandmother’s affairs, Cash is completely taken aback. He’s spent years agonizing over why she left town that night and never looked back.
Scarlet Brockmeyer is a leader, a dealmaker, and a divorcée with a tough exterior. Although her career was most likely responsible for the loss of her marriage, this real estate mogul from the East Coast isn’t looking for another husband.
She’s not in quaint little Dillon Creek to make friends. She is here to take care of the house, put it on the market, and sell it. The house is full of good childhood memories, ones she’d rather not feel. But in the process of going through her grandmother’s house, she uncovers town secrets, lost loves, and a once-unbreakable bond with a boy she used to love.
A twist, the nail in the coffin, pushes Cash and Scarlet separate ways, and they both know there’s no turning back.
One decision leads to the train wreck they don’t see coming.
Will they be able to resolve their pasts together and see their young love for what it really is, or will the people they’ve become destroy something that never really had a chance to begin?