Published on: 15th September 2016
Published by: Self Published
Genre: NA Romance
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(summary from Goodreads)
After eight years, Henley Calvert is headed home. Back to the family farm and small town she left behind, never to be thought of again.
Too much regret and shame to bear.
But she’s the only one left to see to her family’s legacy, so she must return to Ashfall and face all the ghosts that haunt her.
Gatlin Holt, the family farmhand, awaits her arrival, and lends a hand—in more ways than one. He reacquaints Henley with the lay of the land while helping her heal her soul with a new outlook on life.
Yet every time she thinks some peace may be within reach, Henley hits another roadblock. The biggest of which is Keaton Cash—her childhood nemesis who owns the farm next door.
And no, it’s not a love triangle. That’s impossible when Henley’s heart is closed, incapable of love.
I loved S.E.Hall’s Evolve series and seriously can not recommend it enough. The series has to have one of the BEST groups of characters I’ve ever read about and so I jumped at the chance to read something else by S.E.Hall when it was offered to me.
I seem to have read a lot of books featuring horses and ranches/farms recently and for someone who knows nothing about them I really do enjoy them! Unstable was a good addition to this new to me setting/genre there were some really great things about it that I enjoyed.
“There’s not a damn things that could go wrong that I wouldn’t die fixing for you. Do you trust me when I tell you that?”
II struggled to connect with Henley at first, she seemed determined to hate and be horrible to everyone and it really put me off her. But Hall did a great job of developing her as a character and by 50% I was starting to like her and by the end of the story her character had been redeemed.
“We do have something, and you know it as well as I do. Something I plan on pursuing until it’s everything.”
I loved both Gatlin and Keaton from the beginning and will admit I was slightly scared that it was going to end up as a love triangle, but thankfully it didn’t! Instead it went exactly the way I wanted it to, yeay! The romance was good, there were some super sweet moments and some swoon-worthy grand gestures. The male in question did have a couple of “I’m the man and so you can never open your own doors or drive us anywhere” moments. I’m all for a man being a gentleman but at times this was a tiny bit annoying, taking us back to the 1800’s!
“I assure you darlin’, my trigger is anything but quick. In fact you’ll squeeze yours off multiple times before I even cock back my hammer.”
The story was a bit slow to start for my liking, but I’m glad I continued with it because it ended up as a nice story. There was a great twist which happened a little too late in the story for my liking, I would have liked more time to see the reaction from it, but it was very clever and fitted in perfectly with the story that was being told.
“Sometimes one sentence can change a lifetime.“
Overall I would say yes, it’s a nice read. It’s not an epic romance, and sure there are a few slightly annoying moments, but once you look past them then it’s a nice book if you are looking for an easy read.
I would recommend this book to fans of: stories featuring healing, stories set in the countryside/on a farm, healing romance