Review: Lean on Me by Helenkay Dimon

Posted November 11, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Lean on Me by Helenkay DimonReviewer: Rowena
Lean On Me (Holloway, #2) by HelenKay Dimon
Series: Holloway #2
Also in this series: The Season for Love: A Shannon Stacey Holiday Box Set
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: October 22nd 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 118
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four-stars

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.

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.

This was an enjoyable short story by Helenkay Dimon that I thought was cute. Cassidy Clark is a famous climber that has fallen on some hard times and has come home to figure out what happens next. What she wants to do with her life now that her life has fallen into the toilet. But her step-dad is acting weird and hiding from her. She can’t stay at her childhood home and she has no money to stay at the hotel so Cassidy finds herself squatting at the town’s plant nursery…which just so happens to be co-owned by Mitch Anders. Cassidy remembers Mitch from high school but they didn’t run in the same circles so he wasn’t really on her radar back then. He’s not really on her radar now but that doesn’t stop him from putting himself there, time and time again.

Mitch has always had a bit of a crush on Cassidy Clark back in the day and seeing her now, brings that all surfacing to the top. Only difference this time around is he’s going after what he wants. When he starts to find out more about why Cassidy is back, he can’t help himself. Captain Save a Hoe to the rescue.

Mitch and Cassidy were the perfect fit for each other. They complimented each other and they just kind of fit together. I loved the way that Mitch threw himself into helping her. He was such a strong and solid presence in her life and she needed him. I was thrilled that he could be there for her because I adored him. That blip toward the end made me want to smack some sense into him but I forgave him for that because well, he’s so damn hot.  Cassidy was strong and I loved the way that she just kind of dealt with what was thrown at her, all the while still keeping a sense of humor about life in general. She was funny, she was smart and she wasn’t perfect. I liked her.

I wasn’t a fan of the way that Alan chose to deal with the whole house thing but it was dealt with and I liked that. The secondary characters grew on me as well. At first, I wanted to smack Spence upside his head but he grew on me as the story progressed.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. For such a short story, I didn’t think the story suffered at all. I was a happy camper after I finished it. Kudos to Helenkay for writing another entertaining and too cute for words story.

Grade: 4 out of 5

This book is available from Carina Press. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

four-stars


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