Diamonds and Dust
Book 3, Lonesome Point, Texas
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The home run neither of them expected…
Pike Sherman is a legend in Lonesome Point, a hometown boy who made it to the big leagues. Literally. Professional baseball acquired one hell of a pitching arm and its latest celebrity bad boy when the gifted Pike was drafted seven years ago. Pike’s broken heart came along for the ride, too, but he kept that private, and since leaving Lonesome Point has kept his distance from his hometown. But when Pike’s little sister, Mia, begs him to be the Dude of Honor at her wedding, he can’t refuse. He takes advantage of a break in the season and returns home to find himself thrown together with the one woman he never wanted to see again.
Tulsi Hearst is on the verge of losing her Equine Therapy business, and letting down all the kids she’s come to love. After a mix-up with the grant board, she needs to concentrate on finding more funding, not dealing with Pike Sherman, the boy she sacrificed so much for, and the one person she’s ever lied to. And what a lie it is… Pike would hate her if he found out. She knows she should stay far away from the brooding man her summer love has become, but Tulsi can’t resist a slow dance with the only boy who ever made her blood rush.
After just a few days back in Lonesome Point, Pike can’t imagine life without the girl he left behind, but when Tulsi’s secret is revealed, his heart is broken all over again. The only thing worse than losing Tulsi, is losing six years with the daughter he didn’t know he had.
Diamonds and Dust
This was the best book yet in this great series! I had a hard time putting it down as usual but had to feed the family! Its so easy to fall in love with these people. Tulsi has been in love with her best friend, Mia, older brother. Suddenly she finds herself in a position that is not uncommon any more. She thought she was handling it ok until......! Her love for Mia, Pike and Clementine is so sweet. What a great group of friends that stand together and become more enduring as the stories of love and happiness continue. This is a must read along with the prior books too! You won't be sorry!
Awesome addition to the series! My favorite so far!
I love the Lonesome Point Texas series and loved Leather and Lace and Saddles and Sin, but I do believe that Diamonds and Dust is my favorite so far. Jessie just keeps writing better and better books. She is extremely talented and has the ability to use the written word to evoke such deep emotions that it's almost painful sometimes. Tulsi has been in love with her best friend's brother, Pike, since she was a little girl. At 18, an opportunity presents itself in the form of Pike driving by her on the side of the road. She just can't keep her feelings to herself anymore, so she confesses to still having a crush on him and dares him to make a decision and kiss her or leave. He admits to having the same feelings for her and they spend a few months in each other's arms. Eventually it ends in heartbreak for them both and they don't see or hear from each other for 7 years. Once they come face to face again, there is anger, hurt and heat. Pike is still sexy and gorgeous and Tulsi can't stop thinking about him. Pike decides he still loves her and he wants her and he'll do whatever it takes to get her back. Can he convince her that their love is stronger than the past? Will she be able to tell him her secrets and believe that he will still love her? I laughed and cried and finished it in only a few hours! Diamonds and Dust is one of my favorite second chance romance stories and I'm a sucker for second chance love!
"And maybe I'm not as sweet as everybody thinks I am."
"Is that right?" he asked.
"That's right. So as far as I'm concerned, you have two options."
He nodded slowly, holding her gaze with an intensity that made her shiver, "I'm listening."
"Either get out of my way and let me forget you, or shut up and kiss me."
"I want to taste you so bad it's killing me. I want to see if you still taste like springtime." he said.
"And I think the country songs are wrong. You don’t fall in love; you choose it."
"I'm not going to eat supper with my family without underpants on, Pike Sherman. I have a wild streak, not a perverted one.
And one for Clementine who's 6.
"I promise to be good everyone will think I'm an angel come down from heaven." Clem said.
"And it's church camp , so no taking the name of the Lord in vain, and no 'flipping'," Tulsi added with a hard look. "Everyone will know what you're meaning to say and they will be shocked."
Diamond and Dust was another amazing read and my favorite thus far in the Lonesome Point Series. Jessie Evans once again delivered an amazing book. I knew when I read the insert at the end of Saddle and Sin that I was hooked on Pike! WOW, a cowboy and professional baseball player, can't beat that. I have also had a soft spot for Tulsi, a single mom raising her rambunctious daughter with the help of her best friend Mia. Since she was child, Tulsi has had a crazy crush on her best friend Mia's brother, Pike. At 18, she finally reveals her feelings for him, Tulsi daring Pike to either leave her alone so she could forget him or kiss her. Pike kisses her and reveals that he too has been crushing on her. They spend the next few months together before he leaves for the minor leagues. Eventually they drift apart, both heart broken and do not speak or see each other until 7 years later when Pike returns to Lonesome Point for Mia's wedding. The moment Tulsi and Pike see each other, there is anger and hate, but also an undeniable hunger for one another. They both realize that they still love each other, Pike ready to do anything to win Tulsi back. Tulsi finally gives in but she fears that the secret she holds will tear them apart for good. I love second chance romances, and Diamond and Dust ranks as one of the top on my list.