From Smoke To Flames (A West Brothers Novel) by A.M. Hargrove
They say there’s a fine line between love and hate. Ours was a mile wide.
To put it bluntly, my life sucked.
When I finally got up the courage to divorce my jerk of a husband, never in a million years did I imagine his prick of an attorney would gain him full custody of my daughter.
My scant two weekend visits per month killed me.
And my ex made it as difficult as possible on me every single time.
So imagine my shock when said attorney’s name appeared at the top of the list at the in-patient substance abuse clinic where I worked as a counselor.
The first thing that occurred was I completely lost my Zen.
Then my blood boiled.
Then his chart flew across the room and slammed into the wall.
How could this possibly be happening?
Karma couldn’t be this cruel.
How in the world could I be an empathetic abuse counselor to the cocky Pearson West, who destroyed my life?
I would rather become an addict myself, or better yet, strangle him first.
This was actually my favorite of The West Brothers series by far.
This third book in the series deals with some serious and timely subject matter and I liked that she didn’t take any shortcuts or make Pearson’s recovery easy or quick.
At first, I thought that having Rose as Pearson’s counselor at Flower Power was going to be the only stumbling block. It’s definitely a conflict of interest, but Hargrove fixed that pretty quickly.
Rose and Pearson together should have been a recipe for disaster. Both of them have a ton of baggage they’re bringing to their relationship. When you throw in some outside threats, it seems like there’s no way they can ever last. And this book will evoke a whole list of emotions in you, from fear to anger to hope. It’s an emotional ride.
It’s a second chance story that has a lot of stops and starts. You just hope that one will catch and hold.