After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley
decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Later, she realizes it’s a
mistake, just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small
hick town of Grassy Pond. There is only one problem; she makes this decision three
weeks before the fall semester begins.
Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College. On the morning she’s about
to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were four
and is the only one who knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond
with all kinds of “what if” questions.
Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest. She finds a great group of friends,
joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe. He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!
At college, she encounters a new problem. Charley has been away from home for only
forty-eight hours before she breaks the two promises she made to herself. Will she be
able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is
back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jackalope Joe? How will her first
semester of college end? Joe, Cash, or alone?
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Hey, Char, while Cash ain’t in here. Where the hell am I staying tonight? I mean, I don’t
want to intrude on y’all.”
“Piper, you can stay in there because you know as well as I do nothing is going to
happen.” She looks at me like whatever.
About that time Cash opens the truck door and climbs in. We make our way to campus,
up the stoop, and into Kluft. I am exhausted and need a shower to recoup before Hank’s
tonight. As we reach the top step, I can hear Caroline, Tori, Georgia, Jenny, Anna, and
Cassie in hall. They are singing to “Thrift Shop”blaring over the radio and dancing like
fools in the hallway.
Cash glances at me, “Oh lawd, what have I got myself into?” I just shrug my shoulders
and pull him down the hall. All the girls take their turn putting moves on him, and of
course, Anna has something to say. “Hey, Cowboy, I ain’t ever rode a cowboy before.”
With a wink Cash answers back, “Sorry, Sweetheart, but I ain’t a cowboy. I’m a
homegrown country boy that only has eyes for one little lady,” as he stares into my blue
Casey Peeler grew up and still lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.
Her first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, she found her
way to relax was in a good book.
After reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston her senior year
of high school and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and
appreciation for reading.
Casey is an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now author. No Turning
Back (Full Circle #1) is her debut novel releasing September 30th
Circle #2) will release spring 2014.
Her goal is to one day be an author who is recognized nationwide like Jamie McGuire,
Colleen Hoover, Tiffany King, and Amanda Bennett.
When Casey isn’t reading, you can find her listening to country music, spending the day
at the lake, being a wife and dance mom, and spending time with friends and family.
Her perfect day consists of water, sand between her toes, a cold beverage, and a great
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This is a story about a girl, Charley aka Char-coal/squirrel, trying to find the strength to move past and heal from a horrible night with an ex boyfriend. I enjoyed the characters and felt the connection between each of them…..
Charley…. She wants to move past that horrible night, and in the process turns her back on her best friend for a brief time period. Charley and Cash, aka Cash Money, have been best friends since they were younger. He is her rock and she just recently realized what a mistake it was to turn her back on him. They are now trying to rekindle their friendship and possibly more. It’s hard though when you are trying to go out and experience life to also know where your “home” is and leave it behind.
While Charley is at school she meets some great friends and they call themselves the “Kluft girls”. They are fun and go out partying together. They go to a place called Hank’s to dance and drink and just have a good time. I think everyone needs a place like Hanks while they are in school.
Charley also meets Jackalope Joe. There is a connection between Joe and Charley and she begins to feel safe with him as they experiment with a type of “relationship/friendship”. I’m going to be honest though… it was hard for me to like Joe because I felt that she belonged with Cash so I couldn’t really open my heart that much and give Joe a chance with Charley.
Let’s not forget about the ex either…. Dylan….. he isn’t completely out of the picture and he has a spy/eyes somewhere on campus. The only question is… who???
Overall, this was a great book. I felt a little like Charley was a player because it seemed to me she would go back and forth between Cash and Joe. I wanted her to pick one, even if it wasn’t who I wanted her to be with, and stick to it. Of course, the ending was a shocker and leaves you wanting to know what will happen next.
My favorite Cash Quote:
“You are what makes my heart beat. I love you. No matter what you say, I will always love you, and I will not let you go. I will fight for you. Now, tomorrow, and forever. Whether you like it or not. You are my Char-coal and I’m your Cash Money. We’re destined for each other; I just know it!”