20 Dec '12
A Vicky Contemporary Review – Lean On Me by HelenKay Dimon (4 Stars)
Cassidy Clarke once climbed the world’s highest mountains, but after an unexpected illness ends her career she’s back in her hometown, broke and hoping for a little luck. But the townsfolk aren’t exactly putting out a welcome mat for the woman who once snubbed them in the media, despite her apologies now.
Mitch Anders knows someone has set up camp on the grounds of his plant nursery, and he’s surprised to find his sexy high school crush ducking questions about where she’s staying. Though he’s sworn to stop cleaning up other people’s messes, Mitch offers Cassidy a job and a place to stay—his place. Bedsharing optional, but definitely welcome.
Out of options and too attracted to Mitch to keep things platonic, Cassidy says yes to his offer. She wants to get back on her feet financially and start a new career. She never expects to suffer a different kind of fall, one that has her believing Mitch just might bring her something bigger and better than luck.
This is a lovely story about returning home and trying to get your life back on track although I don’t think most people would expect the welcome that Cassidy received or all of the ups and downs along the way.
Cassidy is a mountain climber who used to be the towns golden girl until one really bad interview sent her falling from their graces. She knows what the town think of her, mainly because they insist on telling her all the time, but she understands why they feel that way. Even though she is independent and has travelled the world she is far too trusting and slightly naive but she owns her mistakes and doesn’t make excuses for them and tries to move on.
Mitch has always wanted Cassidy, when he was a football player and she was the girl who no one really understood, when he was jealous of the towns support for her, even when he followed her career but he has grown up a lot over the years and now realises that she isn’t the person she lets the town believe she is – there is so much more to her and he wants to find out everything. Mitch is a fixer – if he knows someone is in trouble, he looks at the situation and tries to come up with a solution that will solve the problem. He is a strong man who has had a few bad knocks in life but has overcome them to be the successful person he is. I liked that he didn’t believe in the town gossip and that he would rather judge the situation with the facts most of the time. I did find him a tiny bit overpowering with his fixer attitude but that was part of his character and as a whole it worked for him.
This is a lovely, honest romance with some very moving moments (yes, I cried!) and no sugar coating of reality – bad things happen, it’s how you deal with them that matter and the people that stick by you that are important. I really loved this book and will be going back to read the first in the series.