ARC Review: Cover Me Up by Juliana Stone

Coming home to Montana wasn’t on country superstar, Cal Bridgestone’s agenda. But when his older brother is badly injured in an accident, he has no choice. With a family that’s scattered, a young niece to look after and an estranged father to deal with, he shouldn’t be thinking about his old flame, Millie Sue Jenkins. Seeing her stirs up all kinds of stuff. Their history is tricky, and starting up where they left off is probably not a good idea.

So why can’t he stay away?

Millie Sue gave her heart to Cal when she was seventeen, and he still has it. She’d love to hate him for leaving Big Bend and breaking her spirit, but all she feels is want and need. Starting up with him isn’t a good idea—he will hurt her. Because Cal Bridgestone outgrew Big Bend a long time ago and belongs in a world of celebrity, music, and superstardom. He will leave again.

And this time, she’s got to make sure her heart doesn’t go with him…
I've been reading lately a lot of Juliana Stone. I read a very a couple of years ago but haven't really kept up with her until lately. In the last few months, I've been reading her stories and loving them. I started to slow down on reading her because I noticed she hadn't been writing anymore. It's been years since she's had anything out. When this came up for review, I knew I had to read it. 

I was so glad that I had. Right away I was drawn into the story and wanted to know more about everyone. I have to admit as I was reading the story my first thought was, who else is going to get a story because I need to know more about these people. 

Both Cal and Millie Sue are great characters, but I understand why they didn't work. They both truly wanted different things at that time in their lives when they went their separate ways. There is more to the story, but you need to learn that for yourselves. 

The author did a good job of showing us who these characters are flaws and all. There is no one to really place blame on the fact that as kids they didn't work. Sometimes you're just too young to deal with emptions that are chasing you. As they work through things, you'll notice that even as adults we have trouble facing those emotions.

As a whole this is a wonderful story that has many ups and downs. They might not have had an easy ride to happiness, but you can feel their love from the first phone call. I can't wait for more from this series.  


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