Show Me the Way (Fight for Me #1) by A.L. Jackson
Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful.
The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he’ll let into his heart is his little girl.
Rynna Dayne. As vulnerable as she is tempting.
She ran from Gingham Lakes when she was seventeen. She swore to herself she would never return. Then her grandmother passed away and left her the deed to the diner that she once loved.
When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he’s in trouble.
She’s gorgeous and sweet and everything he can’t trust.
Until she becomes the one thing he can’t resist.
One kiss sends them tumbling toward ecstasy.
But in a town this size, pasts are bound to collide. Caught in a web of lies, betrayal, and disloyalty, Rex must make a choice.
Will he hide behind his walls or will he take the chance . . .
We make some jacked up decisions when we’re teens.
Rex and Rynna aren’t any different.
Rynna’s are life altering but not necessarily life destroying. She has the same shitty luck of running into a pack of mean girls and douchebag boys that most high schoolers do, but damn does she handle it badly. She may have been hurt by her peers but the hurt she causes the woman who raised her, in my opinion was worse. Her grandmother raised her with love and she threw that all away on a rash decision. I had a hard time feeling bad for Rynna
Rex, also made some bad and life changing decisions. Some were just poor life choices, fueled by trying to do the right thing. But, some….well, they are life destroying. He wasn’t as bad as the asshats Rynna knew, but Rex finds out early that his actions have severe and long lasting consequences, which has made him a bitter and unpleasant man. He was way too hostile to Rynna, who had done absolutely nothing to him, for me to love his character. He redeems some of it by the end, but that is one angry man. It makes it hard to want to know any more about him.
What saved this story for me was Frankie, Rex’s daughter. She was fucking hilarious and so damn cute. One thing I can say for Rex, is the man is a fantastic father. The other things that saved this were the new and old friends of both Rynna and Rex. The women Rynna forms friendships with are funny, sweet and accept Rynna at face value. Rex’s friends are those from childhood and come with all the drama and acceptances forged by their combined pasts. Honestly, some of the secrets hinted at, these three are still hiding, promises a lot of drama in later books in the series. You have to wonder if those friendships will survive them.
I love a good angsty story. I can’t pull myself away from them, even when I’m sure I’m not going to like how it plays out. Rex and Rynna have angst galore, which kept me glued. But, I can’t say whether I actually liked the story of Rex and Rynna. It’s one that’s going to take more thinking about before I can make that decision and I’m going to have to wait to see how the rest of the series plays out to finally decide. I can say that I liked that Rex found some happiness in a life that was devoid of it prior to Rynna. And, I like that Rynna found happiness returning to her home town. I’m also glad Frankie now has a woman in her life who loves her unconditionally. So, while I may not know how I feel about them, it does make this a story worth reading.