YOU'RE STILL THE ONE
Ribbon Ridge #6
Releasing on April 5th, 2016.
USA Today bestseller Darcy Burke concludes her Archer family saga with a second chance at first love…
Everyone thought college sweethearts Bex Holmgren and Hayden Archer were headed for the altar… until a tragic accident sent young Bex running from a future she wasn’t ready to claim. But when she’s offered her dream job at Archer Brewing, Bex can’t pass up the chance to reconnect with the big, crazy family that once welcomed her with open arms—and the one man she’s never stopped loving.
When he returns home after a year in France, Hayden is less than thrilled to find his ex-girlfriend working for his family’s company. He’s finally moved on, and being around her rekindles long-buried feelings he’d rather ignore. But Bex isn’t the same girl he knew—she’s more mature, more beautiful, more tempting than ever—and he can’t resist the pull of the intense passion he’s only ever shared with her.
Have five years changed them enough, or are they doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? The only thing Bex knows for sure is that for her, Hayden is still the one.
“Your family is tough.”He tipped his head up to look at her. “Tough?”“It’s just . . . big. Complicated. Competitive.”His brow furrowed. “Is that how you see us?”“That’s how I see them. How do you see them?”He smiled. “Complicated. Competitive.” He looked at her with appreciation in his gaze, which wasn’t helping her campaign to shelve her feelings for him. “It feels off being back now. I’ve always been the one to be here—you know that.”He’d felt it was his responsibility to stay. Except maybe responsibility wasn’t what he’d felt. Maybe it was the desire to be the one who was necessary. Not martyrdom—nothing that self-serving—but a true need to feel . . . needed. Why had she never seen that before?“I did know that, but I don’t think I really understood it until now. I shouldn’t have asked you to leave.”He sat up and pivoted the stool so he was facing her. His knee brushed hers as he turned, and she felt the connection everywhere. He, on the other hand, didn’t seem to notice.“Whoa,” he said. “This is a total one-eighty. I’m not sure I can wrap my head around this.” There were lines of humor around his eyes, so she knew he was at least half-joking.“I know, right?” She brought the whiskey to her lips and drank.“What happened?” he asked softly, his gaze intense. “Why do you say that now?”Oh, this was dangerous territory. This intimate conversation, the dimness of the room, the familiarity and its pull—at least for her. “You seem out of sorts now, like you maybe can’t find your place, whereas before you knew what it was. You were Hayden the Dependable, the one everyone counted on.”His stare pierced her. There was a bit of admiration there. She fidgeted with her glass, unsure where this was going.“You get it. No one gets it.”She wasn’t sure that was true, but maybe it was just that he hadn’t talked to them about it. And maybe he didn’t want to. Maybe his place wasn’t here. “I get it now,” she said, smiling. “But I didn’t before. And I’m sorry.”“You said you shouldn’t have asked me to leave. Do you . . . do you regret leaving?”Damn, that was the worst question ever. Yes and no. “Until I’d come back here, I would’ve said no. Now . . . I’m not sure. It’s hard to regret things, isn’t it? Because we are who we are today because of the choices we made. And I like who I am.” For the most part.He hadn’t broken eye contact with her the entire time she’d spoken, and she wondered if he felt this connection, this bone-deep longing that she’d truly never experienced before. Then he leaned in, and she did the same. Did he realize how close they were? If they both leaned just a bit more, their lips would touch.“Maybe that’s it.” His voice was soft, sexy, but dark, too. “Maybe I don’t like who I am.”
Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.
A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.
What I've loved and hated about reading this series by Darcy Burke is how she's puts my emotions through the ringer. I've been happy, then sad, and even at times...pretty pissed off! Each book has done this to me. I'll love everyone in this book only to hate half of them in the next!
What a wonderful ride I've been on!
It killed me that this is the last Archer family book. I knew it was coming, there are only so many family members, but still I didn't want it to be over. I'm happy to say that the Archer's might have all gotten there HEA but some other members of Ribbon Ridge haven't.
I can't wait for their stories!
So on to You're Still the One! I have so many thoughts about this book. Before I get into them let me said that I really did love it. Some of what I'm going to say is going to make you think I lied about that, but I didn't. This book for me has been the biggest roller coaster ride.
It's now Hayden's time to find love and I couldn't wait for that to happen, man was I unhappy with who he was finding love with. In the beginning of this book I HATED Bex's. I just wanted to smash her face in.
I know!!! What the hell kind of reaction is that????
I know!!! What the hell kind of reaction is that????
I don't know why she made me feel that way, but she did. It took me half the book to start coming around to her. Not to worry, the Archer's actions had me distracted so sometimes I forgot about her. Hayden's family also pissed me off and I'd really want to talk about why but don't want to run anything for you.
Because deep down I love this family I was able to understand and forgive...I'm lying, I didn't understand it really. Oh well!!! Still love them.
In the end I was totally happy with the story and everyone in it. I did finally warm up to Bex's...a little. Haha! I think you'll very much enjoy this story but it's not what I'd call a stand alone. You really have to go back to the first book in the series and start there. Not to worry, summer is coming and you'll need something to read around the pool, or at least I think it's coming!
If you've read You're Still the One or any other book by Darcy Burke I'd love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for visiting and happy reading!
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