by Angela Scott
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Source: e-book courtesy of Reading Addiction Blog Tours
Available as of January 24, 2013
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Bodies have a canny way of finding Samantha Jean Haggert. The first, the dead body of her mama. The second, a naked man in the middle of the Arizona desert. For Sam, dealing with one dead body in her lifetime is more than unfair. Two, is downright cruel.
Seven years after running from West Virginia, Sam's now a young woman of nineteen, trying to put the pieces of her life together with the help of her family—Jacob, Boone, and Laura. But the naked man in the desert spirals her world out of control, resurfacing past hurts, revealing old secrets, and pitting her between two men who via for her heart. Carson, her friend, her first kiss, and the one man who knows everything about her past and loves her despite it. And Turner, the stranger who knows nothing, but who excites and frustrates her all at once.
When bad choices made as a child leads to more bad choices as a young adult, Sam finds herself at a crossroads and is forced to face her demons head on if she plans to have any future at all—with Carson, with Turner, or with anyone. But fixing the wrongs of the past takes time, and learning to forgive herself is damn near impossible.
Other Books in this Series
I read Desert Rice back in September and adored the heartbreaking story of a young girl running from her past. As soon as I got the invite for this tour I immediately responded. Desert Flower takes the girls life one step further and, just like with Desert Rice, I couldn't put it down.
Six years later Sam and Jacob are still living with Boone and Laura. Six years older and six years wiser Sam is going to college in hopes to become a veterinarian. She has a boy completely in love with her, but a wildcard has been thrown her way in the form of a naked guy in the desert.
This was an interesting read for me. Sam has lived through so much abuse and we see how it has affected her years later. There were times while reading when a scene would get to be too much and I would have to put the book down. I was constantly questioning Sam's motives and actions, while at the same time, wanting her to pull through in the end. For this book in particular, I really think the love triangle worked. It is not at all a traditional love triangle, but I was really pulling for one of the guys (no, mine didn't win...). At times the story was slow, but I feel like it made an impact on how some events were perceived and gave me time to process.
Overall, Desert Flower was a perfect compliment to Desert Rice. I had ideas on how Sam's life would be after the first book, but this story took her life beyond what I thought it would be. If you read Desert Rice, this is a must read. If you haven't read Desert Rice, go pick it up!!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising*