Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon (Holloway #2)

Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.

Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.

Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.

Cassidy is back home after travelling around the world, climbing mountains.  “The Chosen One” has returned to Holloway, West Virginia after an illness cut her climbing career short.  The problem is that the town is holding a grudge because of an interview she did when she wasn’t thinking straight after a climb.  Their once golden girl is not exactly welcome.  Except by Mitch.

Mitch is one of the few people in town who isn’t whispering behind her back.  In fact, the crush he had on her back in high school just kicked back in full force.  And then he pretty much demands a date with her and won’t take no for an answer.  But hes charming and really hot, so it’s okay.

Cassidy is down on her luck after her mother’s death and the loss of all her money to her money manager’s greed.  She has no where to stay, so she camps out at Mitch’s place of business, a nursery.  When Mitch discovers the tent and supplies, he realizes it’s for Cassidy.

The story was cute and funny.  It was interesting to read about the climbing, it’s new and different, which is always a nice change of pace.  I liked Cassidy, how she didn’t really care what people said about her, because every time she turned around, she’d have to listen to more gossip and people referring to her interview and curious stares and seeming resentment coming from the people who used to be proud to call her their hometown girl.  She was resourceful and she cared about her stepfather, who was part of a mystery that she needed to solve. 

Mitch was interesting.  He certainly went after what he wanted and didn’t care that everyone he knew thought it was a bad idea to get mixed up with Cassidy. I didn’t really like his issues that he finally decided to take out on Cassidy and he could have been a little more remorseful when he finally came crawling back to ask forgiveness (isn’t it always the man who does something stupid and has to ask for forgiveness).  I really liked some of the other characters, Spencer and Travis and Darla, they really rounded out the story nicely and maybe they’ll be featured in one of the next books in the series. 

In the end, it was a sweet story, slightly more interesting due to the heroine’s occupation.  I found it a little hard to believe that they discovered they were in love mere days after Cassidy returned home, but it is a romance and I’m willing to suspend disbelief due to that. 

Pecans:  3/5



2 thoughts on “Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon (Holloway #2)

  1. Candice October 4, 2012 at 8:43 am Reply

    Sounds like a cute one… but I dunno about that hands on the butt thing going on on the cover! 😉

    • Dixie October 4, 2012 at 9:08 am Reply

      are you kidding, that’s what sold me 😉

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