When family tragedy brings bad boy Ethan Foster home, he doesn’t expect a warm welcome. In the small town of Hinterdown, reputation is everything – and Ethan’s was ruined long ago. Nobody wants him around, particularly not Sam O’Hara, the girl he left behind.
There’s still a powerful spark between them, but Sam is afraid to risk her heart again. And Ethan is hiding a secret that will have repercussions for his whole family. Will the townspeople ever forgive him? More importantly, will those he loves the most find it in their hearts to take him back?
I first discovered Elise K. Ackers earlier this year, when I read her wonderful book The Man Plan. Ask Me to Stay is quite different in tone to that book, but no less wonderful. It’s a lovely story of redemption, family relationships and second chances at love.
For once, it is the hero that is the main focus of the story. Ethan has been keeping a secret for a long time, and this has led to his drifting away from his family and his long-ago love, Samantha. Only coming home on “suit occasions”, people of the town have begun to paint him as irresponsible and not worthy of their trust. Returning for his sister-in-law’s funera, we see Ethan at last begin to reconnect with his family, repair the relationship with his brother and reignite the flame with Sam.
Ethan and Sam were a nice couple and you could see there was some definite shared history between them. However the romance didn’t seem to be the main focus of Ask Me to Stay. To me, it appears that it is more about Ethan’s redemption in the eyes of his family and the importance of honesty and personal relationships.
I’m looking forward to the subsequent stories in this series. Ask Me to Stay is a short and sweet novella, perfect for a rainy afternoon’s reading.
Oh, and I did love that Ethan was so tall. My hubby is the same height – 6’7″ tall, so as you may guess, I have a soft spot for the big tall fellows. Thanks, Elise!
My rating: 4 out of 5
Release date: 25 March 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Destiny Romance, an imprint of Penguin Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.