Author: Devney Perry
Series: Runaway, #5
Also in this series: Runaway Road , Wild Highway , Quarter Miles , Forsaken Trail
Published by Devney Perry LLC on March 2, 2021
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Second Chance Romance
Format: arc, ebook
Clara Saint-James is completing a journey started by an old friend. She’ll return a Cadillac to California, a place she’s avoided for more than a decade. But it’s time for closure and to put old ghosts to rest. And it’s time to find out if the feelings she’s cherished for the boy from her past are just fanciful memories—or if there’s a chance they are real.
Timing was never on her side, especially when it came to Karson Avery. The two of them lived in a junkyard as runaway teens, and though she wanted more than his friendship, he always belonged to another—until that one night when he was hers.
When Clara finds Karson living in a small, coastal town, she’s not surprised the beautiful boy from her past grew into a stunning man. His smile is as captivating as ever. His eyes have the same roguish glint. But timing is still working against her.
Clara must decide how far she’s willing to go to battle for Karson’s heart. Or if it’s time to let him go and surrender to the dotted lines that have always kept them apart.
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Dotted Lines by Devney Perry concludes the Runaway series and what an awesome conclusion. In this emotional and satisfying conclusion, readers get the chance to experience Clara and Karsons’ story. I waited for this story with quiet anticipation, and it didn’t disappoint.
It’s Clara’s turn to have the Cadillac delivered to its final destination. In the hands of Karson. It’s a trip that would prove bittersweet as it stirred up a combination of painful and warm memories.
Twelve years ago Clara and Karson fell in love with each other. They shared a love so innocent, sweet and full of passion. Circumstances, however, ripped them apart and their paths never crossed again until now.
With the majority of the story set in the past, readers had the chance to learn what brought these two together and how they ended up drifting apart.
They both had been through a lot as teenagers and have come such a long way as adults. They both suffered emotional and physical abuse at the hands of the persons entrusted to protect them.
The reunion did not go as smoothly as one would hope. After all, it has been twelve years. However, through it all their feelings for each other survived the years of separation. Throughout the story, I kept hoping they could overcome the obstacles and seize their happily ever after.
Perry provided her readers with a beautiful epilogue which gave insight into the lives of all the characters in series twenty-three years later. I enjoyed seeing how much each couple had grown and what they had accomplished. Seeing how their children have grown and making a life for themselves was also an added treat. I am secretly hoping Perry will write their story one day.
Overall, Dotted Lines delivered a beautiful second chance romance. Fans of Perry and contemporary romance will want to add this newest release to their library.
I climbed out of the car, walking on unsteady legs to his side to help him out. Then with my son’s hand in mine, I stood in the driveway and let the sun warm my face. The sound of the ocean was a gentle whisper on the air. The scent of salt and sea hit my nose.
Aria had lived on the Oregon coast for years, and though the smell was similar, there was something sweeter in the Elyria air.
Karson had always said he wanted to be close to the ocean. He’d wanted to learn how to surf. I was glad he’d gotten that wish.
The sound of a door opening caught my attention and I turned, just in time to watch a tall man with dark hair step outside. A short-trimmed beard shaded his sculpted jaw. He was wearing a pair of khaki cargo shorts slung low on his narrow hips. His green T-shirt stretched over his broad chest and clung to the strength in his biceps. His feet were bare.
My heart skipped.
He’d grown up. Gone were the lanky arms and legs. Gone was the shaggy hair in need of a cut. Gone was the youth from his face.
This was Karson Avery, a man who stole my breath. But he’d done that at nineteen too.
Those beautiful hazel eyes studied me, then darted to the car as he came toward us. A crease formed between his eyebrows as he took it in. Then they moved to me and that crease deepened.
My stomach did a cartwheel. Please recognize me.
If he didn’t . . . I clung to August’s hand, drawing strength from his fingers. It would break my heart if Karson had forgotten me. Because in all these years, he’d never been far from my mind.
Karson’s feet stopped abruptly and his entire body froze. Then he blinked and shook his head. “Clara?”
Oh, thank God. I swallowed the lump in my throat. “Hi, Karson.”
“I can’t believe it.” He shook his head again, then his gaze shifted to August. “Hi there.”
August clutched me tighter and murmured, “Hi.”
“Is it really you?”
“It’s really you.” A slow smile spread across his face, wider and wider.
It hadn’t changed. There, on the face of a man, was the smile from the boy I’d loved.
The boy I’d loved before his life had gone one direction and mine had gone the other.
And between us streaked those dotted lines.
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