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Adam Hathaway is not looking for love. He’s learned the hard way to keep his personal and professional life separate. But Kyle is struggling and needs a friend, and Adam wants to be that friend. He just needs to ignore his growing attraction to Kyle’s goofy charm, because acting on it would mean breaking all the rules that protect his heart.
Putting down roots in this town again is not Kyle’s plan. As soon as he can, he’s taking his daughter and her princess costumes and moving on. The more time he spends with Adam, though, the more he thinks the quiet teacher might give him a reason to stay. Now he just has to convince Adam to take a chance on a bigger future than either of them could have planned.
Word count: 87,600; page count: 337
Both Kyle and Adam have some issues in their past, but are now in Red Creek starting over. Kyle's back in the town where he grew up, with his daughter, after losing his wife. Adam, meanwhile, has been a teacher at the school in town for a couple of years, after leaving his former job and life.
Now that Adam is teaching Kyle's daughter, they meet, and the attraction is there. As they try to date, moving forward towards a relationship, things get complicated as Adam doesn't want to be involved with a student's father.
Adam and Kyle are both interesting characters, kind and pleasant, yet tentative. As a couple, they will face their share of obstacles, resulting in some light angst.
This is just one of the stories that has you feeling happy and charmed as you read. The writing is tender and soothing, as Allison helps us get to know these characters well. And the small town, Red Creek, is well written, with all the small town charm you expect in a book like this.
I love Kyle and Adam's story and Allison Temple told it perfectly. I am thrilled to have discovered The Pick Up and am excited to see what Allison comes up with next.