Welcome to Serendipity, Texas, where the days are hot and the nights are steamy. Meet real people with real problems, as they live life and find love in a small town.
12 years ago, Brent walked away from his one big love, and has regretted it ever since. He’s done nothing but make mistake after mistake with his life. Now, he’s finally getting his act together, starting up a sanctuary for abused and neglected horses, and staying clean.
Casey had put Brent out of her mind the best way she knew how, by going on with her own life: getting married and trying to have kids. When her marriage ends up being a mistake, she moves back in with her mother in Serendipity to lick her wounds. What she doesn't expect is Brent, waltzing back into her life.
Can they put their own and each other’s mistakes behind them to move forward together? When Casey’s life is put in danger, Brent steps up, but will it be enough?
My Mistake is book seven in the Stories of Serendipity. You will meet some of the same characters, but they are all stand-alone novels.y
When he came back around to the front of the barn, she was sitting on top of a bale of hay, holding up a brown paper back with a grease stain on the bottom. Mooch, traitor that he was, perched at her feet, looking up at her adoringly, waiting for her to drop the bag.
“Mama sent some chicken and biscuits.”
He grunted an acknowledgment, and pulled his hat lower over his eyes so he didn't have to see the pain in hers.
She stood, setting the bag down next to her, and sauntered over to the stall where he was spreading fresh straw.
He couldn't think of the words to say to her. Everything that came to mind was wrong, and Brent knew that there was no way to have this conversation without hurting her. But he had to, or else he would end up hurting her worse in the long run.
As he kicked straw around the floor of the stall, he knew he was being stupid. For the last two weeks, all he’d talked about was how badly he wanted her to stay with him. And now he was about to do this…
He finally stopped when she said, “Brent. You’re scaring me. Is this about me not being able to have kids?”
“No.” Brent brushed past her to go to the feed room. Rattling the bucket brought in the mare, an enormous equine with a shaggy coat and bones showing through loose skin. She followed him into the stall, as he emptied the bucket into her feed trough, and then started pulling the injections from his pockets and preparing them silently.
When he had the first one ready, he finally got the guts to raise his head and look at Casey and deliver the brilliant line he’d spent the past ten minutes coming up with. “I need to think about some stuff.”
Her mouth dropped, and Brent lowered his head to the mare’s shoulder. While she was distracted, eating, he pinched some skin between his gloved fingers and stuck in the needle, pushing the plunger.
Brent had no idea what happened next. All he was aware of was a swift intake of breath, before he saw a wall of brown crush into him, then a jumble of whinnies, a frantic woof, a shrill scream, some clatters, then hoofs aimed at his chest, before blackness took over.
My MistakeBy Anne ConleyReview by Christina
Casey is picking up the pieces after her recent divorce. She’s living back at home with her mom, finishing up with a job she’s not sure she wants to do anymore. She’s back in her hometown, looking to make changes, when a blast from the past comes through and knocks her off her feet. Little did she know ogling the hot guy installing a roof down the road would change her life so dramatically.
Brent works odd jobs to help support the one thing he truly loves, his fledgling horse sanctuary. He’s just starting out so he needs to supplement his income however he can and that includes things like roofing. When he finds himself in his friend Casey’s neighborhood, he wonders if she is back in town. He ends up on her doorstep and the rest, as they say, is history.
Brent & Casey could have once been classified as a sure thing. Casey is best friends with Brent’s younger sister Summer. They grew up together, but when Casey graduated from high school, Brent was questioning his place in her life, thinking Casey deserved better than him. So when Casey went on to get married, he kept his silence, even though there was still that pull between them.
Brent & Casey quickly pick up where they left off years ago, igniting a very hot relationship between the two. But Brent knows Casey’s history, namely an alcoholic father, and he’s afraid that some of the demons of his own past are going to come back to haunt them, and Casey is no longer going to be interested.
When odd things start turning up missing around her house and there is evidence that someone has broken in, Casey’s world is quickly turned upside down and she is no longer sure of who she can trust. While her divorce was somewhat less than amicable, her ex-husband has pursued a new life with his mistress and their baby, something that he was always quick to point out that Casey could not give him. And so much time has passed with Brent, could she trust him? Especially given the other secrets he’s keeping from her?
My Mistake was a fast, engaging, scorching hot read. The passion and fire felt between Brent & Casey was palpable, and you could really get a sense of their shared history together. I loved Brent as a character. He wasn’t your typical alpha male. He is sweet and passionate, kind of the all-American guy next door. Casey is fun and flirty with a penchant for matching her underclothes to her shoes. There were little quirks like that that made the characters endearing.
My only complaint is that I wish there was more. While the storyline and characters were certainly well developed, I can’t help but feel that there is more to the story that can be told. More glimpses into their past, as well as a better look into Casey’s failed marriage, because it had such a huge impact on the outcome of the story. This was the first book I’ve written by Ms. Conley and it certainly won’t be the last! My Mistake was a solid four star read.