Review - Where There's Smoke by Elizabeth Lee

Thank you to Ink Slinger PR for providing me with a copy

There is something to be said for letting go. Ryland Roberts knows that better than anyone. He'd let go of his ambitions, of his family and—most of all—of her. He'd perfected the art of putting his past behind him and accepted the fact that the town he wanted to leave in his rear view was the place where he was going to live out his days. But sometimes the past doesn't just go away. Sometimes it comes back to haunt you.
Piper Jameson convinced herself that she left for all the right reasons. She'd saved people by leaving—made sure that they weren't tainted by her rebellious ways. When her little sister asks her to come home and say goodbye to their ailing mother, she's forced to see that things aren't always as they seem. The people who she'd left behind might not have been saved at all.
In the amount of time it takes a bullet to travel from point A to point B, Piper and Ryland will have to put their feelings for each other aside and make a choice. Forced on the run with Piper's sister, they begin to understand that the future they thought was gone was never really lost.
I was really looking forward to reading this book, there was something about the cover that screamed to me that this would be a great read.

I wasn't disappointed, Where There's Smoke is the story of Ryland "Ry" Roberts and Piper Jameson, she was the local hellraiser and he was the boy who was going to make it big at university, they shouldn't have worked well together but they did but following an evening of passion that turned disastrous following a fire at the aircraft hanger they were in (due to Piper's love of planes!) things fall apart.

Piper's stepdad is the local Sherriff and after finding her and Ry at the scene of the assumed crime, he jumps to the conculsion that they did it, Piper is promptly packed off to a boarding school to sort herself out but whilst this happens unaware of her leaving, Ry steps forward and takes the blame for the fire and gets sent to jail, during this time here he never hears from Piper and believes that she has ditched him.

The story jumps forward six years (please correct me if I am wrong!) and we meet Ry again, still in his home town and working as a bartender, following Piper's departure he has been sleeping with the local ex-cheerleader and has let go of his ambitions, he is still in contact with Piper's sister Hadley who he learns has contacted Piper, the reason for this is that their Mother is dying and she wants her to see her one last time.

Piper has changed considerably since her departure, she is now a pilot and has completely changed her life around, she is stunned to see Ry and the fact he never went to university comes as a shock.

They still have a spark but Piper does not want to get involved she just wants to get in and out of town as quickly as possible, her stepdad really hates her and he also wants her gone as soon as possible but Piper has a plan up her sleeve she does not want to leave her little sister with him, he is controlling with a darker side to him and not the kind of man you want bringing up a young girl.

The story builds up really quickly following Piper and Hadley's mothers passing, again no spoilers from me, but I can tell you that Piper and Ry find themselves thrown together with Hadley running from a horrible scene that leaves Piper worrying for her sister.

Piper and Ry are great characters, even though she has turned her life around she is still feisty and doesn't give a damn, she of course still has feelings for Ry and they are reciprocated, their interaction is great and you can feel the sparks flying between them, Hadley is also a great character and I am happy to say we will hear more from her later!  Other minor characters such as Ry's room mate Luke also are well written and don't feel like they are there just to pad out the story.  Piper's stepdad is truly a horrible piece of work, one of these men who presents a loving kind outer persona but on the inside is as black as hell.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it read really nicely and I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth.

Where There's Smoke is awarded 4 out of 5

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