Title: Can't Go Home (Oasis Waterfall #1)
Author: Angelisa Stone
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
Everyone has secrets; secrets meant to be kept—hidden away where nobody can discover the truth. Adrian O’Donnell (aka: Dre Donley) is no exception. Dre spins tales and half-truths like it’s his job, keeping the reality of his past buried deep within each lie he fabricates. On the other hand, Kathryn Howell is the exception to the rule. She’s a straight-shooter, a tell-it-like-it-is, no filter kind of girl.
Kathryn’s honesty and straightforwardness is the ultimate turn on for a guy like Dre. He’s never met someone so sincere, so full of truth and innocence. Their chemistry is unavoidable, their connection, magnetic. When Dre sets out to make Kathryn fall for him, he doesn’t realize the grave mistake he’s making. Kathryn’s strength and convictions do not falter, even for an irresistible man like Dre. When his past resurfaces, and the lies come tumbling forth, Kathryn must decide if his deceit and betrayal can be forgiven or if the damage is irreparable. Will the truth ultimately destroy the relationship that neither one of them could deny or even attempt to resist?
Can't Go Home is the first book in the Oasis Waterfall series by Angelisa Stone. It's a contemporary romance told from a dual point of view. Kathryn is just an average woman working as a literary agent for a publishing company. Dre is the mysterious town hottie, whom everyone knows but knows nothing about. Dre isn't a relationship type of guy, but when he does go after a woman – his type is usually blonde, thin, and sexy. Kathryn doesn't quite fit his “type”, but her personality made him take notice.
Dre is used to women falling at his feet. Kathryn acts as though she wants nothing to do with him. She is smart and has a very straight-forward personality. She is definitely not afraid to speak her mind. Well, usually. She tells Dre that she doesn't play games but yet she plays hard-to-get. She acts like she's not interested, when in reality she is on the verge on dropping her panties all along. Honestly, in the first chapter or two, I wasn't a fan of Kathryn. She definitely grew on me though.
Dre seems like the perfect guy, but he's constantly telling lies and keeping secrets. He keeps all these secrets because he is afraid that Kathryn won't want him when she finds out the truth. However, these “big bad” secrets don't really paint Dre in a negative light at all. I'm trying really hard here not to reveal anything, but the way that Dre lives his life doesn't make any sense to me. He goes to extremes. And the fact that his parents lost respect for him because of his chosen profession makes no sense to me either. It's a great profession! Oh, and I never did understand why he decided to become celibate for a year before meeting Kathryn. Maybe I just missed something?
I know it seems like I have a lot of negative things to say but I really did enjoy this book! I just really liked the romance and funny banter between these two characters. There were parts where I had trouble putting my kindle down. Like I said, Kathryn grew on me and I enjoyed her snarkiness and humor. Dre is just a great guy all around. There are definitely several steamy parts to this book. If you like steamy romances, then you will probably like this. I am looking forward to reading the next book, which is about Dre's brother. In this book, he is portrayed as a horrible character – but I have a feeling that he's not as bad as he seems, and I think I'm going to like it a lot.
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