SOLACE by S.L. Scott
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"I did more than break my heart. I broke yours, and that's harder to live with."
I met Jason in the author's Kingwood series. I knew he was running from something, but I didn't know what. I knew he had a heart, even though he didn't show it often. I also knew he liked Oreos. Everything else was a mystery that I couldn't wait to solve. Solace couldn't come soon enough for me, I was chomping at the bit to spend some more time with Jason. And let me tell you, now that I have, I admit he surprised me. I wasn't expecting a #HometownHero. I thought he must have started out as a bad boy, but apparently, it was a broken heart that turned him into one...
Delilah might be sweet, but she's sassy too. Unfortunately, her fire was put out when she lost the love of her life. And she had nobody to blame but herself for the heartache that followed. Well, at least not all of it. She had a little help. It's been a rough three years, but she survived. "Strength is found in the ashes of the fire." She thought that the most she had to look forward to was a life of solitude, she never expected him to walk back into her life. But he did. And he was all grown up, hard in the all the right places, and harder in others. The last three years had not been kind to him either. She could tell when his mind took him to dark places that he refused to share with her.
When Jason hopped on his Harley and hit the road, he seemed to end up back home without having actually made the decision to go there. They say that home is where the heart is. And since that's where he left his heart, that must be true. His mother and his high school sweetheart were there. Maybe he would just stay a while. Visit his mother, fix what was broken, and then move on. He was a good handyman. He was able to repair his mother's house but fixing his broken heart was another problem all by itself. It was a job too big for him. Only one person could help him with that...Delilah. Too bad she sent him away when he showed up at her farm.
Solace is exactly what I got from this beautiful story. As I spent time inside the head and heart of Jason & Delilah, mine broke with theirs. I yearned for them to find each other again and right the wrongs of their past. I hoped for answers to the questions. I wanted the misunderstandings to brought into the light and the truth to be told. I wanted Jason to find peace and acceptance, especially in his own mind. Of course, he didn't believe he deserved it, thinking to himself, "I didn't believe that a sinner like myself deserved solace from the wrongs committed."
If you haven't read the Kingwood Duet, I highly recommend it. It isn't necessary to enjoy this standalone story, but it does give you a little bit deeper understanding of Jason's career and the actions that make him feel like such a sinner, undeserving of Delilah's sweetness.
I really enjoyed meeting Billy, a friend to both Jason and Delilah. I'd really like to spend some more time with him and I hope the author decides to write his story. If so, the line forms here...