When I was a kid, my dad was the gardener for the richest man in town. His daughter, Lily Barnes, told me she could never like a guy like me. Then she kissed me and told me it would never happen again. When it happened again, she told me she could never love me because she was going to leave this place, and I would never leave my dad.
We were never quite friends, not exactly enemies, and we could never quite stop secretly kissing each other.
She never said goodbye before running off to try to make it as an actress. That was her dream, and I wanted her to chase it. Okay, maybe I hated her for it, just a little.
Now she’s back, with no money and even more sass.
A lot has changed around here…except for my hidden feelings about Lily Barnes.
So, it turns out I’m a terrible actress and now I’m back!
When my father offers me a job at his company, I actually think he’s finally decided I’m worthy of one day taking over the family business. Imagine my surprise when I find out that the gardener’s son is the one who’s being groomed to take over, and I’ve been assigned to work for him.
Wes Carver has always been rich in confidence and abs, but now he’s rich in everything, including disdain for yours truly.
If he thinks I’m not built to work, he’s wrong.
If he thinks he can boss me around just because he’s my boss, he’s delusional.
If he thinks I’m still the girl who could never love him…I may be a better actress than anyone thought.
The unfurling of her blossoms may be a little awkward and uneven, but it’s time for this Lily to bloom.
Wes and Lily met as children, her the CEO’s daughter and him the gardner’s son. Both without their mothers, completely different lives, never truly friends, yet there was something always pulling them together. Secret kisses, secret meetings, but nothing more. Lily ran away without saying goodbye. What happens when she returns 5 years later?
I’ve got so much love for Wes and Lily. I loved so much about this story that I don’t even know where to begin with this review. This story is a SLOW SLOW SLOW burn but the wait is 1000% percent worth it. Wes and Lily’s road is a rocky one. There is so much pain between the two of them, so much that was left unsaid that they both need to hear. Even after years apart their chemistry never faded, if anything now that they are working together its only gotten stronger.
On a more personal note, I LOVED that this story took place in Southern Oregon. It is a completely beautiful area and such a perfect background for this amazing love story. As someone who grew up in Oregon and lived in Southern Oregon for some time it felt like coming home.
I was completely in love with this story from the very beginning. It was full of romance, angst, and so many emotions. Kayley completely captured my heart with this story and this is one I know that I will read over and over again.