With everything on the line, it’s game on

Logan Kase has reveled in being Willow Creek’s infamous wild child until one detrimental decision proved it was time for a change. Years later, Logan is back in her small hometown and ready to prove to everyone (especially herself) that she’s not that same girl anymore. But the new life she’s so carefully constructed starts to tear apart the second she runs into Cole Tucker.

Logan thought she’d put her childhood rival and their adolescent games behind her, but it takes her only one night before she’s forced into one final game, a series of hilariously immature challenges that has the whole town keeping score. A game that, should she lose, could destroy everything she’s built her new life around.

Titles in the Willow Creek series include — Keeping Score – Daring to Fall –

Title:  Keeping Score
Series:  Willow Creek
Author:  Shannon Stults
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  August 1, 2019
Publisher:  Tule Publishing
My Rating:  4 stars

KEEPING SCORE is the first story in the Willow Creek series by author, Shannon Stults.  I like her style, in many things about this story.  The characters are realistic and believable in their actions, their thoughts, and the way they deal with the consequences of their actions.  I never had the impression of “this is the author’s first release” as I sometimes do (and yes, I went and looked up her website because I’m a curious kinda cat).  Ms. Stults has created a world in Willow Creek that has all the quirks of a small town, but more importantly to me, a place that I’d enjoy returning to in order to learn more about the town and people who live there.  When an author can make me want to come back for more, that’s when I know I’ve found a new author to follow.

Logan has returned to her hometown completely determined to wipe the image the townsfolk have of her right out of their minds.  She’s no longer a wild child, she has a solid, dependable, straightlaced man in her life now and there is no way that anyone can look down their noses at her now.  Yet, along the way to re-making Logan, all because of one event in her younger life, she’s forgotten that the people she’s concerned about remember the real her and they’d much rather the real Logan show up than this impostor.  Besides, everyone knew that Logan and Cole would end up together one day – until she surprised them all by leaving town and returning with her doctor future husband.

Cole would much rather have the real Logan back in town, too.  The Logan he loved teasing, challenging, and loved as he’d never love another.  He’s supposed to be old enough, mature enough to have gone beyond the need to challenge Logan but there is still that knowledge that she’s not going to be happy with her new man because he doesn’t understand the wild child that lives in her heart, and Cole does.  So what’s a challenge between old friends, even if they both knew they shouldn’t.  It might be the way to show Logan that no one but her cares about that wild child disappearing, and Cole really is her future if she’d only wake up to reality in time.

I enjoyed KEEPING SCORE.  It’s a couple that a reader can understand, relate to, no matter their actual age.  We all make decisions that are unwise, that’s just part of life.  I’ll be returning to this series since I now need to know what comes next.  If you enjoy a good Romance with believable characters, the quirkiness of small towns, getting in on the start of a new series, and being able to one day say “I read her books from the beginning.”… then you’re going to love this one.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

KEEPING SCORE releases on August 1, 2019

Available for the Kindle