Can't Let Go (River Bend, #5) by Molly McLain

Everyone has a secret... 

Reed Fletcher has spent years perfecting his reputation as River Bend's most shameless player. Don't confuse him with a heartless asshole--he's just honest about what he wants and he'll do anything to get it. Being born under less than perfect circumstances has given him no other choice.

Everyone has a story... 

Mia Carderas has used her sweet and sexy demeanor to get everything she could possibly want out of life. Or so she lets everyone believe. When her father falls ill back home, that carefully constructed façade begins to crack. The only way to keep it together is to accept help from a former friend...and more recent lover. A man who knows more than he should--a man who could ruin it all if she isn't careful.

Everyone has a weakness... 

Finding a balance between what Reed wants and what Mia needs proves harder than he expected. With every slow blink and every shared moment, he loses more of himself to her...willingly. Maybe neither of them is who they've pretended to be. But where exactly does that leave them when it all comes crashing down?


ellie's $0.02:

I haven't read the rest of the series and I'm just now coming in on book 5 (I know, I know), so obviously you can get by on reading stand alone if I can.  Doesn't matter regardless, because I'm a fan of Molly's writing style, which means I'll pick up a book in the middle and read that too.

This a best friends to lovers story.  Reed being the small town ladies man, which I thought would annoy me to no end.  I actually was more annoyed with Mia though.  Once all three of us warmed up, I was able to enjoy these two characters and their sizzling chemistry.

Oh.  Maybe that was Molly's storytelling and involvement too.

High recommend if you're in the mood for a player gone good, a friends to lovers, some hot sex, some emotion, and an exceptional story.