Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Rian Kerry, and I’m in huge trouble.
This is how it happened: I had a crush. You know those teenage crushes, which I’m sure you’ve all experienced, too. It was that kind of crush that makes your knees tremble, that makes you blush violently and stammer when you’re with that person. One of those crushes that you assume you’ll just grow out of, the way the seasons change.
The problem is that my crush didn’t go anywhere. Actually, it only got worse, transforming into something absurd and unbearable, which no one could seem to understand.
Especially not him.
Because he’s off-limits. He’s barricaded himself within his walls, from a sense of fear and guilt. He’s locked up his heart forever, and seems to have no intention of letting anyone in ever again.
My friends, Jordan, Anya, and Holly, say that he just needs a little push. They say that he needs to learn to believe again.
But I don’t think he’ll ever be ready, because he simply doesn’t want to be.
He doesn’t want to believe.
Not in something like us.
Allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Parker Hayes, and I’m an idiot.
Yep, you heard me right. I’m a real idiot. And, I swear, that’s putting it lightly.
But I’m a lot of other things, too. I’m a fireman, and a single father to two cheeky, hyperactive six-year-old twins. I’m a brother to Tyler, another fireman – and another idiot – who always seems to stick his nose into my business. I’m a kind-of friend to Niall, yet another idiot with nothing to do but barge into my life, uninvited.
Let’s get back to the point, here: the reason I’m an idiot.
Well, it’s pretty simple. I’ve lost my mind. Literally. It happened again. I fell for it. With my head, with my body, and with the heart I was sure I’d never be able to piece back together after another inevitable disaster.
The problem is that she’s not like the others.
She bakes cakes with my daughters, laughs with them, and shows them her magic bag. They’re crazy about her.
And so am I.
And now she knows it, and I know it, and everyone around us knows it. But I can’t take that step. I can’t let everything go to start over.
I can’t live through this again – because this time, I won’t be left standing.
Not if she’s the one to break my heart.
Parker is a divorced father of young twin girls and considers himself a disaster. Rian is more than half his age but still really likes him but things in their lives may conspire to pull them apart
I loved Parker, he is grumpy, stressed and anxious but he would do anything for his daughters, even if that means having Rian over to babysit them, the woman he hadn’t been able to forget since a kiss they shared a few months ago. He has a lot of baggage but he is also kind, caring and considerate, in essence he is the kind of guy who I would love to have in my life which I think is a huge part of what made me love him
Rian is a brilliant character, she knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to get it. She cares for Parker’s daughters and seeing them together showed just how much she loved them. She did things with them like baking that they wouldn’t normally do and seeing their joy made her seem even more loveable. Rian is kind, caring and full of life, she is the kind of friend I would love to have and just the kind of person that Parker needs
Both Parker and Rian change and develop so much throughout this book and the characters they are at the start are so different from at the end but this change is so blended into the story that I could see them becoming more themselves and out of their shells whilst also learning to trust
Their story has a brilliant cast of supporting characters, without whom the story just wouldn’t have worked and I wouldn’t have become so invested in Parker and Rians lives. They play such an important part that I have to mention them and some of the interactions, especially between Parker and Niall made me chuckle and pulled me even deeper into the story
I totally loved this book right from the start and I would recommend it to so many people but especially those who enjoy a romance against the odds, with characters who will capture your heart and a story that will pull you in and not let you go
AM 🐾 x
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About A. S. Kelly
A.S. Kelly was born in Italy but lives in Ireland with her husband, two children and a cat named Oscar.
She’s passionate about English literature, she’s a music lover and addicted to coffee.
She spends her days in a small village North of Dublin, looking for inspiration for her next stories.
Rainy Days is her debut novel.
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