Risky Return (Harrington Airfield)
Author: Nicole Helm
Date of Publication: March 31, 2014
Celia Grant has spent the last ten years keeping her past at bay, building her Hollywood reputation as America’s Sweetheart. When ex Ryan Harrington threatens to reveal her darkest secrets, she has no choice but to return to Demo, Kansas, and the people she left behind. In exchange for Ryan’s silence, she will appear in a reality television show that promises to save his family’s legacy.
Ryan Harrington knows an opportunity when he sees one, and using Celia to save his family is one he can’t ignore. But he didn’t count on the pull they still have on each other.
Celia reminds herself that she and Ryan were never destined to have a happily ever after ending like in the movies she stars in. But even as the ghosts of her past refuse to be suppressed any longer, she finds herself tempted by the hopes of a love she never thought she could have. Between secrets, fame, and love, Celia’s made the riskiest return of all.
I loved the concept behind this book – guy blackmailing his wife into coming back to help him out so he can get a reality show off the ground. I mean…a reality show?! You can’t get much more “the current world” than a reality show.
I really enjoyed Celia. She’d had a lousy childhood and done a lot to overcome her bad beginnings. She was wrong to leave Ryan the way she did, and I can’t blame Ryan for being bitter and using their marriage to blackmail her into coming home to help him (no one in Hollywood knew she was married and she had the “wholesome and fresh” vibe going for her). I also admire her for having the guts to do everything she did, leave her home and not wallow in self-pity for her poor start (her dad was a horrible person and her mother…wow. Her mother was/is a piece of work).
Ryan – Smart, enterprising, and cute. He’s a lawyer who’s come home to keep the family business (an airfield) running now that his grandfather has retired and the business is on the skids. A genuinely nice guy with major hurt over having been abandoned the way Celia did right after they got married.
These two played nicely off each other and really learned how to love again over the course of the book. I’m glad they started talking gradually, not all right at the end or all right at the beginning. It felt really real to me, the relationship as it grew back into love.
There were some great secondary characters in the book and I definitely want to find other books in this series. Definitely a 4-star book and a great new author (to me) in Nicole Helm. Thank you, Entangled, Ms. Helm, and NetGalley for providing me with this book to review.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.