I was given Stony Creek Hero for and honest review by Manic Readers
Ben Powell likes his women but isn't into relationships until he crosses paths with Lizzie Carmichael, now he can't even think about sleeping another woman. When he finds out that his Lizzie, who has been secretly crushing on him for years, is in trouble with the banker he comes up with a plan to help her. Lizzie knows that his interest in her is only fleeting and that it is a matter of time before he moves on and she is nursing a broken heart but she just can't say no to him and all she can do is try to shield her heart; but Ben has other plans if he can just reconcile what thought he wanted with what he really wants, which is Lizzie forever.
“I don’t know about you all but I have no appetite for dinner after that confession from mom. I think I need to wash my brain out with Listerine or something,” --Ben
“Ben, sit down. You cannot go upstairs for a quickie right now! There are crying women for Pete’s sake!” --Troy
This book doesn't really get interesting until about the fourth chapter and I had hard time sticking with it and not skipping ahead. Based on the blurb I think I expected more danger or threats and they were rather none existent so I was disappointed there and then there are few places where the wording made no sense or there were words missing in sentences which makes me think that the book was not edited very well. There is great character development and you can really tell that the community, that Taylor Berke created, truly cares for one another but the story line falls a little flat. I loved the interaction of the Powell family at the Sunday dinners those had me rolling with laughter so there are some things I liked about this book but I am not sure that I would ever read this one again.
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The feisty, fiercely independent Lizzie Carmichael never had any men that she could rely on. As the sole owner of The Stony Creek Café, she finds herself in a desperate situation where she stands to lose either her honor or everything that she has ever worked for.
Known as the tough, quiet brother, Benjamin Powell adores women but strives to keep them at arm’s length, never risking his heart. When he finds that the only woman who ever inspired him to dream is in trouble, he makes a choice that could change both their lives, forever.
Lurking in the shadows of Stony Creek, there is a dangerous menace that will stop at nothing to get what it wants, no matter what the costs.
As Ben and Lizzie start to explore the secret delights that they finally find in each other, can Ben protect Lizzie from the threats that try to tear them apart?