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Series: Ransom Brothers #1
April 27, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (NA)
Daisy Harris has no reason to suspect that her day will be any different than usual. She’ll go to class, alone. She won’t speak or make eye contact. She’ll spend her entire day doing her best to go completely unnoticed. That’s what life is like for Daisy now—an endless cycle of loneliness and fear. A life lived hiding behind the walls she so faithfully maintains.
Then she sees it. A magazine, left behind in class. A simple picture—just his face. And it changes everything.
It’s been a year since she’s seen Daltrey Ransome. A year since he and his brothers left town to pursue their dreams of rock and roll superstardom. A year since he left Daisy behind—left her to watch as everything she knew crumbled around her. She’s been running from Daltrey ever since, desperate to keep her secret.
But she can’t run anymore. And now that Daltrey has found her—the girl he’s loved his entire life, the girl he’d give up everything for—he’s determined never to let her go again.
Best friends from childhood, Daltrey and Daisy had their future figured out. He’d go on the road with his band, and she’d be right there by his side. But he left earlier than either one of them had planned, and once he and his brothers were gone, Daisy was left to face a much crueler high school world than she’d imagined. Now off at college, the once carefree Daisy is introverted and friendless. But an observant classmate, an attempt to take control of her life again, and a road trip are about to bring her face to face with the boy she couldn’t forget.
I sort of expected this to be a rather standard NA story, the emerging rock star hero and the wounded sparrow of a girl somehow making a go of it, but while those pieces were there in the most basic sense, it proved to be quite different.
For one, Daltrey hadn’t really ever left Daisy behind, and their estrangement wasn’t based on some misunderstanding or misguided attempt to allow anyone freedom. Instead, Daisy went through quite a bit of hell after Daltrey hit the road with his band, the kind of thing that grown women often can’t handle, so it’s no surprise it caused so much damage. Her cutting Daltrey out of her life was as much because of shame and embarrassment as it was because she didn’t want to hold him back, and I can’t say I blame her for that. No matter how deep their friendship, having him and his brothers find out about the pictures of her circulating among the mean girls and the rest of her high school would have been all that more mortifying. So yeah, I get why she dropped off the face of the earth.
For Daltrey’s part… Well, he impressed me. As angry as he was that Daisy had cut him out of her life, he didn’t turn his back on her. Sure, he let her know how much it had hurt him, but even when she wouldn’t tell him the whole story, he was willing to try to get past it. I was, however, a little disappointed in how easily he seemed to give up, both when she wouldn’t take his calls initially and then later, when he was being told (untruthfully) that she didn’t want to talk to him. While I get that he had a responsibility to his brothers, I kept waiting for him to fire his father and run after her.
What made the story great, though, was the genuine friendship, both between Daisy and Daltrey and among all the rest of the characters. Daisy’s friends were good-hearted and fun, and they didn’t do that annoying girlfriends thing where they pushed her out of her comfort zone. They were quirky and understanding and supportive and just plain good to her. The same was true of Daltrey’s brothers, all happy to see Daisy again, all ready to jump to her defense if necessary, and all supportive of Daltrey’s wanting to give a real relationship with her a go. Even when I was dying for these two to simply admit their feelings for each other and move things forward, all the rest of the friendships kept me enjoying all the characters, not just skimming past their parts to get to the good stuff.
Ransom is an absolutely addictive read, and once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series takes me!