Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
My Copy: Sent
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.
My very first HelenKay book…I mean I OWN a couple of others but you know how that goes…they are on my TBR list. If everyone could just stop writing for a little bit..like 10 yrs…and let me catch up, that’d be great. I enjoyed Lean On Me even if I didn’t understand the heroine, Cassidy at all.
Cassidy has slunk back into her childhood town after falling from grace as a professional mountain climber. Not that the townspeople want to see her since she said some not nice things about the town after a hellacious climb that nearly killed her. No money, no friends and not even food to her name, she’s been living on the local greenhouses land in the only thing she has left, a tent.
Regardless of what she may have said in the media, once back in town I can understand why she said what she did, even if when she said it she was half delirious. The townspeople are awful, horrible people and if I was Cassidy there is no way I would ever go back or accept their apology for treating her like a leper. It was ridiculous. The nicknames aimed at shooting down her self esteem, the sordid gossip…seriously, why anyone would want to be around people like that is beyond me. Yet, Cassidy wanted to come home. The only person that was decent to her was Mitch, who has wanted her since high school. He was the only light in this town and the only reason I could work with on Cassidy’s determination to stick around.
I really liked Mitch. He was easy going but stuck up for Cassidy when necessary and since he was pretty much the only one, that made me like him even more. He even went toe to toe with his best friends when it came to defending her. I never really understood the reasoning behind his resistance to a relationship because of his ex. I didn’t find anything to be clearly defined there and since I didn’t really get that flaw of his, when it came time for him to screw up, I wrote it off as him just being a man. Heh. Yeah, I said it.
The side issue of why Cassidy’s stepfather wouldn’t let her in her childhood home wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be. It did give more fuel to the fire for the horrible townspeople. They assumed it was because Cassidy was a horrible daughter and she didn’t even care enough to come to her own mothers funeral. Of course it was exactly the opposite but I felt it wasn’t enough of a conflict for the story. It could have been more. Plus we only saw the stepfather a few times through out the story and I think his character could have been played up a bit. It was hard to understand his motives because the relationship between Cassidy and him didn’t feel complete.
Lean On Me is a easy, cute, fluffy read. Does it stand out in a sea of romance novels? No, not really but I did enjoy it. If only for it’s ability to make me want to pimp slap a whole town of busy body bitches….
I give Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon 3.50 stars!