Title: Already Gone
Author: Kristen Proby and KL Grayson
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 27 Aug 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
Falling in love is easy…
New Hope, South Carolina is my home. It’s where I grew up, got into trouble, and fell in love for the first time. Scarlett Kincaid was more than the girl next door, she was my best friend until she decided that small-town life wasn’t for her. One minute she was here, and the next she was gone.
The girl I used to fish with down at the creek is now the biggest name in country music. She headlines world tours, has won four Grammy’s, and I haven’t seen her since. Until today when she sped through town in her fancy car. One look at her big brown eyes was all it took to stir up a whole slew of emotions. Emotions I’d long ago buried and sure as hell don’t have time for.
It’s the aftermath that’s hard…
There are two things in my life that matter. My music, and my dad. Twelve years ago, I packed a bag and chased my dream. Leaving New Hope and escaping the gossip mill was the easiest decision I ever made. I never planned to return, but my father needs me, and he always comes first. So, I did what I had to do. I cut my tour short and came home, despite having a sister who hates me, and a community that doesn’t trust me. And then there’s Tucker Andrews.
When he propped an arm on the roof of my car, pulled down his sunglasses and flashed his police badge, I nearly swallowed my tongue. Gone is the lanky boy who used to throw rocks at me and pull my pigtails. Tucker is now a six-foot package of brawny, sexy man wrapped in more muscle than I have hit singles. Did I mention he’s a cop and a single dad?
My goal was to help Dad and get back to my life. But what am I supposed to when the life that used to strangle me suddenly fits like a glove and makes me dream of things I never thought I’d have? What happens when the boy I walked away from years ago becomes one of the most important people in my life? I don’t have room in my life for a man much less love.
Because it’s impossible to hold onto someone who’s already gone.
Already Gone is one of those stories that brings out unexpected emotions and makes you contemplate your own life decisions and the way in which they have shaped your identity. Already Gone also has a heavy dose of warm and fuzzies just to top off the number of feels in one book.
Scarlett and Tucker were secretly best friends in their youth; I say secretly because of Scarlett’s shallow behaviour placing her popularity over her friendship with Tucker while in public. However, Scarlett’s immaturity did not deter Tucker’s unrequited love of her and his determination to make her feel the same way.
Sadly, Scarlett had to leave their small hometown in order to really find her own place in the world. Although it cost her some personal relationships in the process. Becoming an international country star with an incredibly demanding schedule filled the role of family and friends for many years for Scarlett, preventing her from analysing her aspirations beyond her career. It is only when the ill health of her father requires her to return to her hometown does Scarlett begin to realise that maybe there is a way to have a life outside of her career.
Tucker is absolutely amazing; his feelings for Scarlett haven’t dimmed in the years she has been away but his life has altered considerably. Seeing Scarlett after so many years ignites the chemistry between them as well as bringing all of the dormant emotions to the surface.
Scarlett does a lot of emotional soul searching and bridge mending during her time with her family and friends. However, the biggest barrier of all is still her career which takes her away from home on a regular basis.
Is there a way for Scarlett and Tucker to have it all? Already Gone is where you will find all the answers you need as well as having your heart warmed 😍