The Return (Second Chance Flower Shop, #1)by Noelle Adams
This is the beginning of a new Noelle Adams' series and I have to tell you that it is so good!
Jacob Worth has been raised by his grandfather in the small city of Azalea, Virginia. There, he met Ria Phillips and from best friends they became the “it couple” of the city. Upon the high school graduation his grandfather decides to give him the "tough love" speech and sends him out of the house and to find his way on his own. He packs and leaves town without a word to Ria. Several years later, Jacob decides to come back to mend things with his grandfather who is dying, and Ria remains in town. Now, she and her friends are business owners and she is doing very well. However, neither of them has moved on completely and now they must face each other... Noelle Adams is a wonderful author who has a sensitive and competent writing style that captivates by showing emotional characters. It is a beautiful book and I look forward to reading the others of the series.
Ria Phillips has a plan. Stay strong. Stay busy. Stay focused on what's important. And don't start daydreaming again about a certain pair of soulful brown eyes.
No, it won't be easy. Jacob Worth was her first love. Her first time. Her first everything. Until he left town one day without explanation. He broke her heart back then, but she's not a teenager with a crush anymore. She's an adult--with a plan.
In the past eight years, Ria has built a good life for herself in her small hometown. She and her friends have used their creativity and business savvy to turn the little florist shop she inherited into an astonishing success. She's got more than enough in her life to be proud of, and she's going to make sure Jacob sees that.
She's not going to let him rattle her. She's not going to watch him from afar, even if he's even hotter than before. And she's definitely not going to fall into bed with him. Or, if she accidentally slips up, it will only be once.
She learned her lesson a long time ago, and she's not going to fall for Jacob again.