Caught Inside by Kristie Leigh

Book Cover of Caught Inside

“What does “beaver dammed” even mean?”

“The female version of cockblocked, and seeing as you’re Canadian, I thought beaver was doubly appropriate.”

Tanner and Easton’s story hooked me from just reading the blurb.  I have to admit, being a Canadian who, in her (much)younger days, met a guy in California and had a fling with him that remains a fond memory, this story was pretty much destined to suck me in.

In Caught Inside, it’s the guy who is visiting California from Canada instead of the girl.  Tanner is a student from Ontario and visits the small town of Pahokee, California during Reading Week (which made me laugh, because Reading Week is TOTALLY a thing at Canadian universities, but Americans have never heard of it.) Easton had no clue what he was talking about when he mentioned it.   Basically it’s a week off from college sometime around February. 

Tanner and his buddies meet Easton and her friends on their first night in California, and the connection between them is intense from the start.  Easton, being completely relationship-averse, initially wants to pull her usual “wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am – er sir” routine.  He surprises her by not pushing to sleep with her on the first night even though they end up alone in his hotel room.

At the end of their week together, they have fallen firmly in love  – but neither one will say it.  Easton is so devastated when he leaves, and so shocked at her own devastation, that she cuts off all contact with Tanner.  He can’t even call or text her to keep in touch.  She just assumes she will never see him again.

Until 2 years later when he walks into the shop where she works and announces that he just moved to town. 

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 Tanner doesn’t have any expectations that they will be able to pick up where they left off, but he does have hope. Easton is initially terrified to open herself up to a possible relationship, but Tanner is impossible to resist.  She gets some good advice from her loveable boss, Joe, who convinces her to be brave and take a risk.  He knows she’s strong enough to handle whatever comes – even if things don’t work out. 

Tanner is so patient with Easton, and so sweet and kind that I just fell in love completely.  Towards the end it’s Easton that surprises Tanner with a leap of faith into their future, which I loved.  Caught Inside is a lovely story to escape into – I absolutely recommend it!

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