Sunday, January 31, 2016


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Emerson May is "the good girl." She's the perfect daughter, the caring friend, the animal shelter volunteer. But when her best friend's brother breaks into her room, his hands covered in blood, she doesn't scream or call the cops. Because when Deacon smiles at her, Emmie doesn't want to be good.

The whole town believes notorious troublemaker Deacon is guilty of assaulting his father. Only Emmie knows a secret that could set him free. But if she follows her heart, she could be trusting a killer...


I read Richards, Six Months Later a while back and enjoyed it so much I had to go buy another one. 

I enjoy Richards writing so much.  This story was really good as well.  Emerson May  aka Emmie is the "fixer" for everyone.  She is such a good girl, and hates to see others hurting, sad, or in any other situation that causes anguish.  Chelsea her best friend's dad is found beat up and bloody in his office in his own home.  

Earlier that evening Chelsea's brother Deacon aka Deke found his way into Emmie's room covered in blood and in shock.

Life spirals from that point.  Everyone is assuming Deke is responsible for the stat his father is in.  Deke and his father were not seeing eye to eye on their business and it came to blows.  Deke isn't always doing what is right and has been in trouble in the past.  Emmie seems to be the only one who believes that Deacon is innocent.

Deacon knowing he will probably go down for what has happened to his father, decides to do some investigating on his own.  Which requires him to hide from the Police.

This is an exciting book.  Emmie is determined to help Deke prove his innocence and in the process her life is turned upside down as well.   

There is smuggling, conspiracy, family, love, disappointment, and excitement in this book.  It's full of twists and turns.  It was fun to read, and figure out who the good guys were and who the bad guys were.  

Richards has drawn me in twice with her books and I look forward to reading more of her work!

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





Natalie Richards
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Natalie D. Richards won her first writing competition in the second grade with her short story about Barbara Frances Bizzlefishes (who wouldn't dare do the dishes.) She later misplaced her writing dreams in a maze of cubicles and general office drudgery. Natalie never forgot about Barbara or those dishes, and eventually she found her way back to storytelling, following the genre of her heart, teen fiction. When she's not writing or shopping her manuscripts, you can probably find her wading through the towers of dog-eared paperbacks that have taken over her bedroom. Natalie lives in Ohio with her amazing husband and their three children, who inspire her every day to stick with her dreams.