I was kinda intrigued by this hero. What happened 14 years ago? What was that one reckless act that cost him everything? How did that act change him in the intervening years hence?
So, here’s the author, Loree Lough, to tell us all about Ian Sylvestry:
On the night of his sixteenth birthday, Chicago born and bred Ian Sylvestry’s parents made an announcement that threw his well-planned life into chaos: They intended to divorce; his mom introduced him to her fiancé, and when his dad’s job transfer was finalized, Ian would go with him to Baltimore. During the next eighteen months, Ian’s resentment simmered, and the boy whose academic and athletic prowess earned the attentions of Ivy League recruiters began making bad choices and keeping bad company, disappointing his parents and Maleah Turner, the one constant in his now-troubled world. On the eve of his mother’s wedding (which he refused to attend), Ian borrowed his dad’s car and took his pals on a joyride; while the guys were in the neighborhood convenience store buying snacks, he called Maleah, who yet again warned him about associating with the older, troubled teens. Hurt, angry, and tired of other people trying to control him, Ian hung up on her…moments before his wide-eyed frenzied pals piled into the car and demanded that he put the pedal to the metal, fast!
A few miles ahead, a police roadblock stopped them: Unbeknownst to Ian, his poorly chosen friends hadn’t been stocking up on chips and sodas: They had robbed the store at gunpoint, seriously injuring the night manager…and Ian had unwittingly driven the getaway car! The use of an unregistered handgun in the commission of a crime is a serious offense, the judge explained. Fortunately, he took now-eighteen year old Ian’s recent past into consideration, he meted out the lightest sentence allowed by law: Ten years at Lincoln Correctional.
Every week of those first three years, Ian wrote to Maleah, trying to explain, begging her forgiveness. And every week when her letters came back, unopened, his misery grew. Then, at last, she responded. Nothing could have prepared him for her terse message: “You made your choice, Ian. Now please leave me alone.” She’d underlined please three times. She had a right to a normal, happy life, so he honored her wishes and never wrote her another letter. At least…none that he sent. From that day forward, he poured his energies into the inmate program designed to train service dogs. Upon his release, Ian wanted a fresh start. Thanks to his aunt’s loving generosity, he worked his way up at her Baltimore bistro in historic Fells Point, from dishwasher to waiter, from manager to owner of the now-successful establishment. But no amount of hard work, he discovers, can blot Maleah’s final words from his wounded heart.
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date: June 1, 2017
– Terri, Goodreads Reviewer
– Claudia Mossman
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About Loree Lough