by Micalea Smeltzer
Series: Willow Creek #4
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: August 21, 2015 by Self-Published
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I had life all figured out.
Married with a baby on the way I stupidly believed that things were perfect.
But then the good guy I fell in love with turned out to not be as good as I thought.
I was left alone to pick up the pieces of my life and provide for my daughter.
And then I met him.
The bad boy that just might not be so bad.
Three years after her husband walked out on her Arden James is struggling to make ends meet as a single mom. Despite it all, she knows she’s better off with her ex out of the picture, and so is her daughter.
Josh Hayes—player, jokester, and very naughty boy—is the guitar player for the band Willow Creek. He’s used to living the fast life, but suddenly it doesn’t appeal to him anymore, and he has his sights set on the fiery Arden.
Despite their undeniable chemistry, Arden isn’t sure she wants to invite a man into her life that has never been in a committed relationship before. But Hayes is determined to prove to her that there’s more to him than meets the eye. He just needs Arden to take a chance.
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The final book in the Willow Creek is here! The feels have hit me hard because I do not want to say goodbye to these characters :'( Micalea Smeltzer has become a favorite author for a reason and it’s because her books, especially this series, always have amazing characters that one can relate to and also very funny characters. This last book went out with a bang. My favorite thing about it is that it wasn’t just focused on the romance, but it was focused on Hayes, Arden and little Mia as a family.
Hayes has been a player for so long but all of his band mates have settled down with their own girlfriends/wives and Hayes can’t help but feel lonely. Being the oldest of the band members, he realizes it is time to settle down before it is too late. Hayes and Arden met in In Your Heart and Hayes was awe-struck by the red-head and her daughter and all he wants is for Arden to take a chance on him. Hayes is the funniest character in this series. Well, he’s kind of in competition with Maddox. Both are a handful and will get you to laugh in no time. I honestly want Hayes. His desire to have a family goes beyond anything in his life at this point. His love for Mia, someone who isn’t his real daughter, will make you beg him to ditch Arden and be with you because he is a total gentleman to Arden and Mia. You guys should read the way he behaves with Mia—it’s beautiful. I mean, the guy had a birthday and he invited Arden and Mia and held the party at Chuck E. Cheese’s just so he could have fun but also Mia could be there. Let’s just cry at how wonderful Hayes is. He needs to be real.
“I feel that Mia is very much mine. Yeah, maybe she’s not my biological child, but as long as we’re together she’s my kid. And I’ll take care of her just as much as I will you. I promise you that.”
Arden is a spitfire. She has to be to protect herself and her daughter. Her husband fled when he found out Arden was pregnant with Mia, leaving her broken and vulnerable. Slowly, she started to build herself up for Mia until she reached the place where she could be okay again. Still, she keeps a wall around her heart so when Hayes arrives and starts crumbling those walls, Arden wonders if she should try to take a chance one last time. Arden is a wonderful mother, even when Mia tests her patience. I admire Arden because she raised Mia all on her own and she has still managed to stay strong through all of it. Her witty banter with Hayes was a light and fun touch to their romance and I was glad Hayes and Arden had found one another because they really balance each other out.
Maddox and Emma, Mathias and Remy with baby Liam, Ezra and Sadie have all joined this last installment in the series *throws confetti and dances*. This last book made me realize it’s officially over and I won’t be reading about these characters—except for the bonus scenes being written—anymore and it makes me sad. It’s like I’ve lost a part of me. These characters really grew on me like no other and it pains me to say goodbye. This series has been an emotional roller-coaster since I have cried, laughed, gotten angry, laughed and cried some more. This is a series that I will never forget and the characters will forever live in my heart.
It is safe to say Hayes was like a two-year-old on a sugar high—hyper and easily distracted by food and shiny things.
“I don’t think I’ve ever felt more alive than I do right now. Here, with you.”
“Would I get to sleep in your bed?” A smirk lifted his lips.
I pretended to ponder his words. “Possibly, although I hear dogs like sleeping on the floor.”
Maddox: “You left your computer open on some blog and they had a list of the most swoon-worthiest book boyfriends. What the hell is a book boyfriend?”
Emma: “Don’t worry. You’d never be one.”
Maddox: “Come on, Em, we all know I’d be number one.”
Don’t forget to check out my reviews on the previous Willow Creek series:
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