Stealing Home (St. Michaels Duet, #2)
Ashley: I’ve given up. On my childish dreams. On getting out of this town. On love. On him. On everything. I’m barely treading water. Brayden: I’m the man with it all. The pinstriped jersey covering my back garners easy cash, flashy cars and fast women. My gilded name drapes over the city in neon. I have everything. Everything, except the thing I crave most. Ashley Foster. There’s one addiction I never tried to beat. They say you can never go home again. I’m out to prove them wrong. But what if returning requires facing all the things you destroyed? To what lengths would you go to earn forgiveness? Would you beg? Would you borrow? Would you steal? Stealing home is the riskiest move in baseball. But the reward... If it works? Winning her back is a chance I’m finally ready to take. My pockets are filled with stars. It’s time to follow them home.This time, I don’t want to steal her firsts,I want to lay claim on all her lasts.

Stealing Home (St. Michaels Duet, #2) Details

TitleStealing Home (St. Michaels Duet, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 1st, 2019
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance, Contemporary, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Stealing Home (St. Michaels Duet, #2) Review

  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    What an ending and what a duet! It was that fantastic. It’s the perfect sequel, a truly wonderful and epic conclusion to Ashley and Brayden’s whirlwind story. This book is a raw, emotional, passionate and angsty read. A story that is so unique and special. It's both heartbreaking and heartwarming and at times quite confronting.Ashley and Brayden have not had an easy road to love and while there were many factors affecting them being together, I had to have faith that a love like theirs would sta What an ending and what a duet! It was that fantastic. It’s the perfect sequel, a truly wonderful and epic conclusion to Ashley and Brayden’s whirlwind story. This book is a raw, emotional, passionate and angsty read. A story that is so unique and special. It's both heartbreaking and heartwarming and at times quite confronting.Ashley and Brayden have not had an easy road to love and while there were many factors affecting them being together, I had to have faith that a love like theirs would stand tall against the toughest terrain, that they would eventually find their way back to one another again. They were meant to be in every sense of the word, and I hoped they would get their long sought after happily ever after that they both were so deserving of.The plot details of this duet is simply fantastic. They elicit emotions, surprises with twists, and ends so beautifully. Everything was crafted flawlessly and I loved seeing all the pieces fall together at the end of this book. As with Book 1, I’m still stunned that this is Harlow Cole’s debut and am so excited to see what comes next from her. An amazing conclusion to an incredible duet.
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  • Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. Good lord, I feel like there is a hurricane wreaking havoc on my insides right now. There are just so many emotions overpowering me. I can literally feel the turmoil roiling around inside me. All the feels. All of them, okay?This is one of those books that you read and have absolutely no idea what to do with yourself once it is over. I almost feel lost because my heart and mi Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own. Good lord, I feel like there is a hurricane wreaking havoc on my insides right now. There are just so many emotions overpowering me. I can literally feel the turmoil roiling around inside me. All the feels. All of them, okay?This is one of those books that you read and have absolutely no idea what to do with yourself once it is over. I almost feel lost because my heart and mind are still securely nestled in this story. I really don't want to leave these characters. These characters are pretty much everything. Especially the two main characters and love interests, Ash and Brayden. The character development for these two is full of so much depth. It's insanely intimate too. I felt like these two were in my life and not only in the pages. Cole really makes them come alive and she writes them so beautifully. The best thing about them is that they are so inherently human. They are real people with passions, flaws, feelings, and problems. The reader gets to see the good and the ugly parts of them throughout this series. I absolutely loved Brayden's path to redemption in this book of the series. I loved him in the first book, even throughout his mistakes. He grew so much in this book and it was such an amazing journey. I totally identified with Ash in this one. She had the weight of the world on her shoulders with no one to help her through the mountains of bad luck that kept falling into her path. Her strength and sense of self even in the throes of tragedy and great pain was so admirable and uplifting. Nathan's fall from grace was portrayed fantastically. His bitterness was so real and tangible. I love that he finally came around, though I honestly would have loved to see more finality to his part of the story. I wanted to see his HEA as well. I felt that all the side characters were great as well. Every character had their place and they played their parts perfectly. The romance in this series is all-consuming. You can feel it like tension in the air. The romance in the first book was all about the build-up, but in this book, it is all about redemption, absolution, and following your heart. The way that Brayden kept showing his love for Ash in this book was so very touching. He knew what he wanted and he was persistent, though not abusive in any way. Irritating for Ash at times, yes, because she was fighting against her feelings for Brayden because of their past. Brayden stuck to his guns and pulled out all the stops for Ash. It was romantic, it was hot as hell, and it felt so right. The chemistry between them is really off the charts. They have been childhood friends since Brayden was 12 and their history together is written into the lining of the love for each other. The phrase "meant to be" sounds awfully corny, but it fits these two so perfectly that I can't fault myself for using it. The plot of this entire series is fantastic. It elicits emotions, surprises the reader with twists, and ends so beautifully. Everything was orchestrated flawlessly and I loved seeing all the pieces fall together at the end of this book. Some contemporary books can be kind of bland when it comes the world-building because, as readers who live in the here and now in our world, we already know most of the settings that we come across in contemporary fiction. Not this book. This book had a perfect balance when it came to the world-building. It wasn't overly descriptive on the day to day normal things that we all see in our world, but it brought the settings to life in the reader's mind. It was easy to feel the wind and sun at the marina, easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of New York City, and easy to fall into the home town life of St. Michaels. You felt like you could step into the lives of these characters and live their lives. Overall, this book and the series as a whole totally obliterated my expectations. I haven't been this impressed with a story in a while and it's a damn good feeling. I am still a little shocked that this book and the first book in this series are the first books that have been written by this author because they are flawless. I honestly can't wait to revisit this story in the future. Read this series now if you want a story that will give you all the feels. You won't be disappointed. I expect such great things from this author. I am so jazzed to see what comes next!More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    So, yeah. Read part one - forgot to mention in my review that it was a cliffy. I can't be blamed for that, though. There was too much shit in that shitshow more important to pass along than the fact that there was MORE.Because honestly, a reader with good sense would have run screaming from a continuation of this sexist, anti-feminist stew of twat-brained morons and misogyny.I, however, have clearly taken leave of my good sense in favour of masochism. Because again, I had to keep going just to s So, yeah. Read part one - forgot to mention in my review that it was a cliffy. I can't be blamed for that, though. There was too much shit in that shitshow more important to pass along than the fact that there was MORE.Because honestly, a reader with good sense would have run screaming from a continuation of this sexist, anti-feminist stew of twat-brained morons and misogyny.I, however, have clearly taken leave of my good sense in favour of masochism. Because again, I had to keep going just to see how bad it could get. I thought it would be amusing but it really just made me feel anger and what I think may have been despair.The thing that sucks is that if one were to remove a few elements, this story had good bones - for YA/NA, that is. Too much OTT drama for adult CR. I was drawn in at first and liked the writer's style, but too quickly she joined the ranks of those who confuse sexual chemistry and/or co-dependency with love. And this heroine. What. A. Loser. The guy she once thought would be her forever showed up four years after becoming a hotshot ball player. Prior tp that, he - dumped her... flaunted his sexcapades and refused to let her move on... seduced her virginity from her and then cheating on her... doped with narcos to mask pain and gain an advantage as an athlete... nearly killed her big brother, and... left him in a wheelchair.Incidentally, big bro was also headed to the big leagues.The key word here is 'was.'So anyway, Mr. HotShot swaggers back in like he owns the place after destroying her, her family and leaving all of them in the dust, and...her nipples get hard.What the everlasting fuck? I'm sorry, but where do these writers come up with this shit? If someone had done just one of those things to me, the last thing I'd be feeling for them is lust.Enough. Enough. I could go on and on about how this book sucked but the main reason was this. Not once - not one bloody time - did this dishrag heroine get the upper hand. Not even a little.The H goes off to great success after taking a literal wrecking ball to a family that loved him like one of theirs when he should have gone to jail. The h? Never makes it to college. Never makes it out of town. She's left with a failing business, working two jobs and caring for a brother who hates her. She has nothing. And at the end, after she's caved into the H's condescending, pompous arse, she is still nothing. She never gets a chance to experience her own success separate from that asshole. But then, why would she need to? Mr. Rich and Famous fixed everything with loads of cash.So much for female independence. The man fixes everything and the woman fawns over him and spreads her knees. What a load of sexist rubbish. The Stone Age is alive and well in Romanceland. 🤮Also, just how much does it cost to heal a damaged spinal cord? Because yeah, the H not only fixed all the money problems and saved the h's family business, he fixed her brother's paralysed legs, too. I almost wish my Brazilian friend Ana would read this duet just so I could see her screaming rant over it 🤣🤣. But I would not subject anyone I like to this shit. Hell, I wouldn't subject any woman to it, period.
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  • Ariadna Basulto
    January 1, 1970
    Harlow Cole has brought it home with this fantastic continuation and conclusion of Brayden and Ashley’s story. Overflowing with passion, angst, love, and so many other emotions, Stealing Home was everything I could have wanted for this couple and more. Once again author Harlow Cole masterfully infuses so much emotion into her story that it has a way of spilling over and wrapping the reader in it. Through flawlessly placed details and exceptional storytelling she’s created a romance that pulls yo Harlow Cole has brought it home with this fantastic continuation and conclusion of Brayden and Ashley’s story. Overflowing with passion, angst, love, and so many other emotions, Stealing Home was everything I could have wanted for this couple and more. Once again author Harlow Cole masterfully infuses so much emotion into her story that it has a way of spilling over and wrapping the reader in it. Through flawlessly placed details and exceptional storytelling she’s created a romance that pulls you in and never lets go. The characterization is spot on. Not only do the characters continue have great dimension and are multifaceted, but their growth, particularly Brayden’s, is phenomenal. He goes from a young guy in love in book one to a full fledged man determined to get the woman he’s always loved. Cue all the freaking swoons! It was impossible not to root for this couple to finally get the HEA they deserved. Emotional, passionate, and utterly exceptional, this is one book and duet not to be missed. Seriously. Harlow Cole delivers a flawlessly executed romance that will have your heart aching in the best way possible and devouring pages as fast as you can read them. Craziest thing is that this duet is only her debut! Mind blowing. I can’t wait to see what’s next from her. 5 stars.
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  • Wendy Livingstone
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 2nd part of this phenomenal duet, and Brayden and Ashley’s story continues. I never thought that this gifted author would be able to surpass the perfection of “Interference”, but my word; it has been achieved!! This is a truly beautifully written story which is filled with angst, passion, emotion, and is a raw, gritty and thrilling, poignant love story which pulls at the heartstrings. I was completely enthralled throughout this addictive page turner, and in my opinion this duet is on This is the 2nd part of this phenomenal duet, and Brayden and Ashley’s story continues. I never thought that this gifted author would be able to surpass the perfection of “Interference”, but my word; it has been achieved!! This is a truly beautifully written story which is filled with angst, passion, emotion, and is a raw, gritty and thrilling, poignant love story which pulls at the heartstrings. I was completely enthralled throughout this addictive page turner, and in my opinion this duet is one of the best ever, and the 5 star rating just does not give this masterpiece the justice it deserves. I look forward to reading more from this author, and highly recommend for all.
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  • Shirley Cuypers
    January 1, 1970
    Original reviewThis book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Harlow Cole and Give Me Books Promotions!Stealing Home is the second book in the St. Michaels Duet and continues the story of Brayden and AshelyStealing Home was yet another amazing book and the perfect sequel for this series. Interference, the first book, ended with Brayden saying ‘I love you’ to someone and I was under the impression that he loved someone else and n Original reviewThis book was provided by the author through Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Harlow Cole and Give Me Books Promotions!Stealing Home is the second book in the St. Michaels Duet and continues the story of Brayden and AshelyStealing Home was yet another amazing book and the perfect sequel for this series. Interference, the first book, ended with Brayden saying ‘I love you’ to someone and I was under the impression that he loved someone else and not Ashley but I was so wrong. I would’ve known that if I checked the synopsis of Stealing Home, oops!I really liked Stealing Home because you only read two or three chapters about Brayden and Ashley from ‘now’. The entire first book (except those few chapters) is about their past. I really liked that Harlow Cole did that because then you can see how much the characters have changed. There’s some serious character development, especially with Brayden. He was such an ass and daredevil in book 1, and now he’s more grown up and better.I really liked this story because it’s not just your typical Romance story because it tells a story of heartbreak, of grief and of having friends and a real family. I really loved this duology, these books are amazing and I cannot wait to read more books by Harlow Cole!
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  • Aysha
    January 1, 1970
    overall a good series even though I felt like the first one was drawn out and the backstory should not have been that long. I think because I read both books back to back I still had leftover anger for Brayden so I felt like Ashley accepted him back way early in the 2nd book, that I wanted to smack her.also, her seeing his picture with someone and that text when she picked up his phone not knowing who the girl was to Brayden and still going ahead to sleep with him again and again just because sh overall a good series even though I felt like the first one was drawn out and the backstory should not have been that long. I think because I read both books back to back I still had leftover anger for Brayden so I felt like Ashley accepted him back way early in the 2nd book, that I wanted to smack her.also, her seeing his picture with someone and that text when she picked up his phone not knowing who the girl was to Brayden and still going ahead to sleep with him again and again just because she asked him and he said she was 'no one' Gurrl, you know what a liar he was! ugh!
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  • Brandy Roberts
    January 1, 1970
    I was really happy with how stealing home turned out it isn't a standalone you need to read book one first . This is a second chance romance let me just a lot of stuff happens in book one that frustrated me beyond belief to were I didn't know if I wanted to read this one but I was happy that I gave this one a chance . The hero really redeemed himself in this one my heart really broke for a certain character I hope he finds happiness . I can't wait to read more by Harlow Cole in the future .
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  • Tanja Kezmic
    January 1, 1970
    The first book almost ended me but this one finished me off to declare that I FRICKING LOVE this duet. This second book is all about doing it all in ordered to bring back the ONE to you. This story is mainly about how struggling with guilt can sometimes blind you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I finished the first book I was not a big Brayden fan to be honest. But I had a feeling that he’ll change his life around so he could be with Ashley. She was a strong girl in the first boo The first book almost ended me but this one finished me off to declare that I FRICKING LOVE this duet. This second book is all about doing it all in ordered to bring back the ONE to you. This story is mainly about how struggling with guilt can sometimes blind you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. When I finished the first book I was not a big Brayden fan to be honest. But I had a feeling that he’ll change his life around so he could be with Ashley. She was a strong girl in the first book who grew up to be an amazing woman, putting everyone else’s needs before her own. My heart was breaking every time it was reviled what he’d done to help them keep their heads above water without them knowing. And when they finally left all the bad and the ugly behind them I had the biggest smiles on my face because they deserved the HEA they found together. Now I’m sitting here hoping that we get to see what happens with Nate next, because I need to see him happy as well after everything that has happened to him. Pretty please with a cherry on top!! ***Review copy requested and reviewed on behalf of OMGReads Blog***
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  • C
    January 1, 1970
    Really good duet! Stealing Home is a good conclusion to Ash and Brayden’s story 💙
  • HeartBreaker
    January 1, 1970
    You know that feeling when you read a really good book that ends on cliffhanger and then author comes back with the second book and you are completely blown away?That's exactly how I felt while reading this.I was afraid that the second book won't be as good as the first one,but rest assured because Stealing Home is one freaking amazing book.After that tragic end of Interference ,book #1 in St. Michaels Duet,Brayden has left town.Before he fled the town he left that Note to Ashley promising to ma You know that feeling when you read a really good book that ends on cliffhanger and then author comes back with the second book and you are completely blown away?That's exactly how I felt while reading this.I was afraid that the second book won't be as good as the first one,but rest assured because Stealing Home is one freaking amazing book.After that tragic end of Interference ,book #1 in St. Michaels Duet,Brayden has left town.Before he fled the town he left that Note to Ashley promising to make her understand how sorry he is and to find a way to prove to her that he will always love her.Years later,he is back in town and ready to cash on his promises.Even tho he's make a big name and become great baseball player he is still the same Brayden.I loved that about him.He really didn't change much,he didn't forget his past,in fact he was always thinking about it.His love for Ashley knew no bounds and I was beyond happy too see him fight for her.It was really hard for him,especially because he felt so much guilt for how things turned out at the end of the first book.I'm especially glad to see him and Nathan working on their relationship too,they both deserved it.Ashley,I believe is the one person who suffered the most,next to her brother that is.She lost Brayden,Nathan,her mom and her dad.On top of that,she felt guilty for the things that happened.She abandoned her dreams and put all of her energy to help her brother and save the one thing that belonged to her family.She was lost,but when Brayden comes back to town she can't help herself and she can't avoid falling in love with him all over again.These two are just crazily in love and crazy about each other.I loved that Ashley made Brayden fight for her and i loved that Brayden did everything he could to earn Ashley's and Nathan's forgiveness. Sure,this was hard to read,there is just so many bad things happening but at the end it was all worth it.I really loved this duet and I recommend it to everyone.It's definitely one of my favorites.
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  • Joyffree
    January 1, 1970
    Raw - Emotional - A breathtaking journey of loss, hope, and forgiveness that will stay with the reader long after the final page is closed."When you’re hurt, sometimes it’s best to dress your own wounds and clean yourself up, before you reach a hand back and help the guy who fell beside you.”Brayden comes home while he rehabilitates his injury. His return isn't welcomed by all. For some, it only reignites memories and rekindles the betrayal. The golden boy seems to have it all. A flashy car, sex Raw - Emotional - A breathtaking journey of loss, hope, and forgiveness that will stay with the reader long after the final page is closed."When you’re hurt, sometimes it’s best to dress your own wounds and clean yourself up, before you reach a hand back and help the guy who fell beside you.”Brayden comes home while he rehabilitates his injury. His return isn't welcomed by all. For some, it only reignites memories and rekindles the betrayal. The golden boy seems to have it all. A flashy car, sexy women, more money than god. From the outside, it seems he left those he broke behind to glue themselves back together while he picked up his pieces and built the dream. But window dressing is just that ~ dressing ~ designed to trick the onlooker. "When you feel lost, don't be afraid to wander" - Mrs. FThey couldn't go back, not really. They had to start over. To many wounds had been left untreated. Sure over the years the wounds had scarred over but none, it seemed, had truly healed. I think in a way Ash new that, but Brayden ever stubborn still lassoing in the stars had other plans. But it seemed for every plan Brayden set in motion he was tossed a curve. It's okay sometimes to forge a new path if the original one becomes inhibited. "If life doesn't give you a silver lining, that doesn't mean you can't stitch your own"  ~So many secrets. It is human nature to rerun the scenarios ~ All the what-ifs that we justify as could or should have been(s).Our loving Ash has shouldered the guilt for years. She is all that is left standing at this time, only barley, to keep it all together. Her world is on the verge of implosion and she is desperately seeking a way to stop the inevitable. But darn if our girl still isn't stubborn as all get. Brayden has always had a plan. He came back intending to make right all the wrongs. He may be too late. Nathan... His world stopped that night. The laughing carefree boy we knew has become a resentful and angry young man. Angry enough to twist the truth and feed the guilt. I hope we get Nathan's story and Matt's and... I don't want to say goodbye
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  • Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
    January 1, 1970
    5 GAZILLION STARS201I am literally trying to figure out where to start on this whole review, because I have so many thoughts consuming me, so please bare with me. My mind can not process the fact that this duet is this authors debut. It is mind boggling to be honest. Harlow Cole's writing is something you see from a seasoned author, not from someone just starting off. I have honest to God, not seen such passion used in writing before. This author is one to watch out for. Mark my words, she is go 5 GAZILLION STARS201I am literally trying to figure out where to start on this whole review, because I have so many thoughts consuming me, so please bare with me. My mind can not process the fact that this duet is this authors debut. It is mind boggling to be honest. Harlow Cole's writing is something you see from a seasoned author, not from someone just starting off. I have honest to God, not seen such passion used in writing before. This author is one to watch out for. Mark my words, she is going to be BIG!!Now for my thoughts on Stealing Home / this duet. I can already guarantee you, there is NO DUET that will ever come close to this one. St. Michaels Duet is a raw, poignant, touching read that will make you feel every emotion from the good, bad, to the ugly. It captures the essence of what it truly means to love someone, to forgive someone. It is spell-bounding and chaotic, but so damn beautiful. True great world building with a nice steady flow. Ashley and Brayden are lifers. I will never, ever forget their story for as long as I live. They are so realistic, it is scary. This author did an amazing job, of being so detailed specific of their actions and thought process from the first part of the duet to now. The redeeming qualities nearly took me over the cliff. I am so glad this author willfully showcased Brayden's every emotion without shame. It was amazing to see the Hero so open about his vulnerabilities, it made my heart do some fluttery crap. And Ashley, I really enjoyed her backbone. Even with the weight on her shoulders, she stood tall even when she was wanting to crumble. She fought for what was right, no matter what the outcome be. She is an inspiring character that deserves so much..The way that this author weaves the title into the story was pure brilliance. It could have not been done any better,Okay, If I keep going I'm gonna share too much, and I don't want that to happen. So, I will leave you with this......ST. MICHAEL'S DUET IS THE BEST DUET OF 2019!!* I MORE THAN RECOMMEND.*REVIEWED FOR REVIEWS FROM THE HEART~ AshleyFollow the blog: Instagram: http://bit.ly/RftHInstagramBlog: http://bit.ly/RftHBlog Facebook: http://bit.ly/RftHFacebook Twitter: http://bit.ly/RftHTwitter Bookbub: http://bit.ly/RftHBookBub
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  • Jennifer Pierson
    January 1, 1970
    Stealing Home is the conclusion to the St. Michaels Duet, so YOU MUST READ Interference (Book 1) FIRST, as it tells the story of how Ashley & Brayden got to the place did in this book. It's a complicated past, so again, I cannot stress enough that you have to read Book 1 FIRST! I'm not really into giving too many details as it would totally come out as spoilers, especially if you didn't read the first book yet, but Brayden has a big mountain to climb to get through to Ashley. And when I star Stealing Home is the conclusion to the St. Michaels Duet, so YOU MUST READ Interference (Book 1) FIRST, as it tells the story of how Ashley & Brayden got to the place did in this book. It's a complicated past, so again, I cannot stress enough that you have to read Book 1 FIRST! I'm not really into giving too many details as it would totally come out as spoilers, especially if you didn't read the first book yet, but Brayden has a big mountain to climb to get through to Ashley. And when I started this story, I was still so livid at him, because I feel like he got off easy, while she suffered so much. He has everything while she barely has anything, and he finally comes back to make things right. I literally could have gone another full book before she even gave him a chance to talk to her. Yeah, he lived with the fact that she wasn't his anymore, but that wasn't enough in my opinion. Yet, in all of my anger, Ms. Cole provided some big twists that I NEVER saw coming, and had me all kinds of emotional while dropping f-bombs. So, will she ever forgive him?! Will he forgive himself? Do they even have a chance at a new beginning?! These questions, and more will be answered, as Harlow Cole penned a fantastic conclusion at the end of day, so I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND everyone one clicks on this amazing conclusion, and/or the Duet!
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  • Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    In this compelling sequel to Interference readers will rejoin Ashley and Brayden on their heartrending journey, and bare witness to their emotionally charged reunion. As soon as I my eyes started to digest the words on the first page, my heart started to remember the hurt and agonizing pain from the past and I knew this one was about to reek havoc on my heart all over again. Watching these two try to come to terms with their past, embrace this second chance they'd been given, and let their heart In this compelling sequel to Interference readers will rejoin Ashley and Brayden on their heartrending journey, and bare witness to their emotionally charged reunion. As soon as I my eyes started to digest the words on the first page, my heart started to remember the hurt and agonizing pain from the past and I knew this one was about to reek havoc on my heart all over again. Watching these two try to come to terms with their past, embrace this second chance they'd been given, and let their hearts rel-learn how to love one another again was all-consuming and overwhelming. I tried so hard to stick with Ashley and maintain my dislike for Brayden and all he had done, but little by little he found a way to lure me back in, just as he did to her...the man was irresistible! You could see that he had matured, and really used his time away from her to correct past behaviors, and try to become the man worthy of her heart. I loved every single second of this duet, even though it broke my heart and left my emotions in complete disarray, it is by far my favorite read this year. You just can't go wrong with this duet, it's exquisitely penned words will consume you, and it's characters will leave an indelible impression on your heart! Highly recommend!I requested an advanced copy of this title from the publisher, and I am leaving my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Ashley and Brayden are not the same kids they used to be. Ashley is struggling to hold her life and her family together. Brayden is a big shot baseball player who has injured his shoulder and has come home to get back his girl. This book broke my heart and pieced it all back together. I couldn't blame Ashley for how she reacted after seeing Brayden again and I loved how Brayden fought for Ashley's forgiveness. This book hit a raw spot with me and something I am still coming to terms with. I won' Ashley and Brayden are not the same kids they used to be. Ashley is struggling to hold her life and her family together. Brayden is a big shot baseball player who has injured his shoulder and has come home to get back his girl. This book broke my heart and pieced it all back together. I couldn't blame Ashley for how she reacted after seeing Brayden again and I loved how Brayden fought for Ashley's forgiveness. This book hit a raw spot with me and something I am still coming to terms with. I won't give it away because it is a pretty big spoiler. Maybe that's why this book resonated so deep inside me. Harlow did a great job at writing her characters and you could feel the pain, heartbreak, anger, frustration, chemistry, and forgiveness throughout the various characters. I hope Harlow writes more books on these characters because I would love to read Nathan's story next. This book is angsy and real and at times you get frustrated with the characters, but that's the best thing when you are reading a book. That means the book means something to you. This was the perfect ending for Ashley and Brayden and that's all I could ask for from this author. Also, the fact that this is Harlow's debut duet I will definitely be checking out more of her work when she releases it.
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!!! All the stars to Harlow Cole for Stealing Home, the second book in the St. Michaels Duet. Stealing Home picks up after a lot of loss and hurt and when it seems like things between Brayden and Ash can never be repaired. This book takes you through the emotional journey of growth and acceptance and ultimately forgiveness. While nothing was the same for any of the characters coming out of Interference, Brayden's determination to care for and protect Ash and ultimately prove to her that she w WOW!!! All the stars to Harlow Cole for Stealing Home, the second book in the St. Michaels Duet. Stealing Home picks up after a lot of loss and hurt and when it seems like things between Brayden and Ash can never be repaired. This book takes you through the emotional journey of growth and acceptance and ultimately forgiveness. While nothing was the same for any of the characters coming out of Interference, Brayden's determination to care for and protect Ash and ultimately prove to her that she was everything to him was beautiful and inspiring. His perseverance through this personal nightmare in the hopes of finding the light and to make amends was a polar opposite to the Brayden seen in book one of the duet. The author did an amazing job of telling a story full of surprises with twists and turns along the way, that kept me 100% invested in this story and these characters. Although I was not a huge fan of Brayden in book one (though I could understand his struggles at times), his character showed great redemption in book two and this book again had me feeling ALL THE EMOTIONS!!!
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  • Melliane
    January 1, 1970
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI had a good time with the first volume, even if I was very surprised to have something more YA. Of course, there was also a lot of drama that allowed us to understand how our characters got there. How they came to this first chapter of Volume One. And I admit that at the end, I was really curious to find out what was going to happen, what Ashley and Brayden were going to do because things are far from simple.As I was saying, Brayden is back and the feelings Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewI had a good time with the first volume, even if I was very surprised to have something more YA. Of course, there was also a lot of drama that allowed us to understand how our characters got there. How they came to this first chapter of Volume One. And I admit that at the end, I was really curious to find out what was going to happen, what Ashley and Brayden were going to do because things are far from simple.As I was saying, Brayden is back and the feelings that Ashley had tried to repress are coming back as well. She is trying to fight them, it is a fierce battle and yet lost in advance. But there’s her life and she can’t forget what he did. And then there is her brother, her brother whom she wants to protect more than anything, whom she wants to protect from Brayden and reconnect with him really doesn’t go in that direction. But here we are, despite what Ashley wants, Brayden is there for her, he is there to make it up to her and above all to make her understand that it’s just her, she is the only one for him.It was a really touching story. Brayden and Ashley are meant to be together, but things never go their way. There are too many things between them, too many things that cannot be forgotten, things that are there to constantly remind them of that. But Brayden wants to get over it, he wants to be there for her, he wants to help her, even if she doesn’t want to.I had a good time, I was curious to see how our heroes would manage, how they would move forward and forgive each other. It will be a long way, but they will be there for each other. We learn more about each of them as well and I found that the ideas were well exploited.It was a really very nice duology and I’m happy with the finale.
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  • Kari Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    I had my doubts that Brayden would be able to redeem himself what happened in the first book of the duet, but we soon realize that he is no longer that man. He may appear to have it all with the illustrious career, wealth and beautiful woman inside he is broken, and everything seems immaterial without Ashley. He is determined to show Ashley that he can be the man she needs so that they can have their second chance.Ashley has been struggling since Brayden left just trying to survive and preserve I had my doubts that Brayden would be able to redeem himself what happened in the first book of the duet, but we soon realize that he is no longer that man. He may appear to have it all with the illustrious career, wealth and beautiful woman inside he is broken, and everything seems immaterial without Ashley. He is determined to show Ashley that he can be the man she needs so that they can have their second chance.Ashley has been struggling since Brayden left just trying to survive and preserve with everything that life has and continues to throw at her. Her strength and resilience shines through and the last things she needs is a complication, but Brayden is persistent and determined to show her that rather than being another obstacle he can be the support she deserves.This is a beautiful story filled with so much emotion, great characters and a love that is too strong to be denied. Full of heartbreak and hope this is a story you won’t soon forget.
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  • Jo
    January 1, 1970
    Wow.This is an exceptional conclusion to Ashley and Brayden's story. The first book in the duet was so strong in its storytelling, that I was fully prepared for this to be an anticlimax.It wasn't. Quite the opposite. The author certainly didn't let up in the delivery. A wide variety of emotions played out (including a few tears) as I was reading, and I loved every second of it.The broken boy that Brayden was in book 1 is not in evidence. Instead, we have a man determined to atone for his mistake Wow.This is an exceptional conclusion to Ashley and Brayden's story. The first book in the duet was so strong in its storytelling, that I was fully prepared for this to be an anticlimax.It wasn't. Quite the opposite. The author certainly didn't let up in the delivery. A wide variety of emotions played out (including a few tears) as I was reading, and I loved every second of it.The broken boy that Brayden was in book 1 is not in evidence. Instead, we have a man determined to atone for his mistakes. And his plan unfolds beautifully within these pages.And Ashley? Such a strong female lead. I loved her. Her struggles. Her heart. Her pride.This is the conclusion this coupling demanded. Beautifully written and truly fabulous to read.I know I'm gushing. But I make no apology. This book deserves that response.I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Tania's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    I was anxious for this conclusion and I wasn’t disappointed. This ending made me falling in love with both Brayden and Ashley even more. It’s still very emotional much more than Book 1 but you get to see their growth especially Brayden. Lots of secrets come full circle, issues from the past are resolved but what I enjoyed was that it wasn’t instantly. It took lots and lots and lots of groveling and proving himself to Ashley that he was a different person and that she was always his home. There’s I was anxious for this conclusion and I wasn’t disappointed. This ending made me falling in love with both Brayden and Ashley even more. It’s still very emotional much more than Book 1 but you get to see their growth especially Brayden. Lots of secrets come full circle, issues from the past are resolved but what I enjoyed was that it wasn’t instantly. It took lots and lots and lots of groveling and proving himself to Ashley that he was a different person and that she was always his home. There’s so much but I don’t want to spoil it. Just know when secrets are revealed you’ll cry because of how beautiful a particular person was and how sincere, genuine and kindhearted the other is. Great conclusion lots of chemistry between these two and Ashley oh my heart that girl is amazing as a sister, friend, daughter and girlfriend. I want more of these two!!!!
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  • Ladawn Presas
    January 1, 1970
    Stealing HomeBy Harlow ColeBoy does this title match the book. Stealing home is the best scariest baseball play and life play there is. This book is what true love is all about. “I promise to stay away from your brother, but I won’t promise to steer clear of you. We both know I couldn’t if I tried.”Be still my heart! That line. Damn it hes growing on me too!Stay. Stay. Stay.NOTESI hate being left in suspense what happened? Tell me now dammit!Yup the Vultures ass hat!He sure knows what to say! He Stealing HomeBy Harlow ColeBoy does this title match the book. Stealing home is the best scariest baseball play and life play there is. This book is what true love is all about. “I promise to stay away from your brother, but I won’t promise to steer clear of you. We both know I couldn’t if I tried.”Be still my heart! That line. Damn it hes growing on me too!Stay. Stay. Stay.NOTESI hate being left in suspense what happened? Tell me now dammit!Yup the Vultures ass hat!He sure knows what to say! He played the game to many times.Who remembers that? “One thousand four hundred sixty-eight days.”Damn Nathan I know your angry but talking to the one person whose always been there for you like that is fucked up.“I promise to always stay, if you promise to give me some room to fly.”
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  • Sassafrass (Candace)
    January 1, 1970
    Brayden stole my heart again while he stole home! This book picks up a few years after Interference ended. Stealing Home was the perfect conclusion to this amazing duet! I loved every moment of it. Brayden is atoning for his sins, trying to fix what’s broken, and make wrongs right again. Ashley is fighting him tooth and nail and rightfully so. Family isn’t always blood and when it looks like all hope is lost, sometimes we have to swallow our pride and do what we know in our hearts is best and ke Brayden stole my heart again while he stole home! This book picks up a few years after Interference ended. Stealing Home was the perfect conclusion to this amazing duet! I loved every moment of it. Brayden is atoning for his sins, trying to fix what’s broken, and make wrongs right again. Ashley is fighting him tooth and nail and rightfully so. Family isn’t always blood and when it looks like all hope is lost, sometimes we have to swallow our pride and do what we know in our hearts is best and keep fighting. I love the relationships in this conclusion even more than the first book. The supporting characters are as amazing as the main characters. Also still hate his dad. 😂 If you told me this was Harlow’s first two books I’d call you a liar because they are so well written and gripped me from beginning to end! Huge five star summer read for me!
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  • Jenna Tomlinson
    January 1, 1970
    Start about finishing strong!This is the first duet I actually enjoyed. THE FIRST!I don’t think I’ve finished the other duets I’ve tried either....STEALING HOME tugged me into it with the introductory:“I am a ghost ship now. Abandoned at sea. Left to pray the stars will lead me home.”—————————-“I am the the ashes left behind to smolder and wonder if I’ll ever get another spark.”I don’t think I’ll ever be able to drive to my grandparents now without envisioning this family street side.Well done, Start about finishing strong!This is the first duet I actually enjoyed. THE FIRST!I don’t think I’ve finished the other duets I’ve tried either....STEALING HOME tugged me into it with the introductory:“I am a ghost ship now. Abandoned at sea. Left to pray the stars will lead me home.”—————————-“I am the the ashes left behind to smolder and wonder if I’ll ever get another spark.”I don’t think I’ll ever be able to drive to my grandparents now without envisioning this family street side.Well done, Harlow. I started this series to support a writer from Maryland, and to enjoy a story that takes place somewhere I know so well. I finished this series because the characters were worth reading.I look forward to reading something else from you!
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  • Michelle Groover
    January 1, 1970
    Like the first book, the sequel had me feeling a wide range of emotions! You feel all the emotions as you continue Ashley and Brayden’s story. I needed tissues a couple of times. The book picks up a few years from where the first book left off. And just like that you are right back in St. Michaels wondering what will become of Ashley and Brayden’s relationship, especially due to how things ended in book one. And like real life it takes a while for these two to be able to be in the same room and Like the first book, the sequel had me feeling a wide range of emotions! You feel all the emotions as you continue Ashley and Brayden’s story. I needed tissues a couple of times. The book picks up a few years from where the first book left off. And just like that you are right back in St. Michaels wondering what will become of Ashley and Brayden’s relationship, especially due to how things ended in book one. And like real life it takes a while for these two to be able to be in the same room and discuss what happened. There is the right amount of angst, romance, love, and everything in between. It’s another page turner that is difficult to put down. This book duet series is the best thing I’ve read in awhile!
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  • Polly Smith
    January 1, 1970
    What’s Gonna Be Next??First of all, I NEVER read duets because I can hardly stand that cliffhanger ending. Stealing Home was the exception to my rule! Interference was just so beautiful that I HAD to keep reading. This story wraps up the most beautiful love story of Brayden and Ashley. In this 2nd book of the duet, Brayden fights soooooo hard to get back to Ashley (Soot, his nickname for her that makes me just swoon). He has so many wrongs to make right and he doesn’t give up until he makes Ashl What’s Gonna Be Next??First of all, I NEVER read duets because I can hardly stand that cliffhanger ending. Stealing Home was the exception to my rule! Interference was just so beautiful that I HAD to keep reading. This story wraps up the most beautiful love story of Brayden and Ashley. In this 2nd book of the duet, Brayden fights soooooo hard to get back to Ashley (Soot, his nickname for her that makes me just swoon). He has so many wrongs to make right and he doesn’t give up until he makes Ashley see why she needs to trust him and give her love back to him.I now consider Harlow Cole to be one of my most favorite writers and I just can’t wait to see what she delivers next!
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  • BookLover
    January 1, 1970
    This story was one I will remember forever. Harlow Cole got me hooked with Interference and I had to read Stealing Home. The way this story was written was just beautiful and well planned. This couple has become one of my favorite couples I have read about. It is a story that is filled with emotion and steaminess. Harlow Cole is a must read author that tells stories like she’s sipping fine wine. The story flowed and created a world that I want to live in and get to know these characters. Amazing This story was one I will remember forever. Harlow Cole got me hooked with Interference and I had to read Stealing Home. The way this story was written was just beautiful and well planned. This couple has become one of my favorite couples I have read about. It is a story that is filled with emotion and steaminess. Harlow Cole is a must read author that tells stories like she’s sipping fine wine. The story flowed and created a world that I want to live in and get to know these characters. Amazing job by Harlow Cole! Brayden and Ashley have been through so much. He has to fight for her and prove himself. He doesn’t disappoint and shows you what true love can look like. A definite 5 star read!!
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    I am so grateful that I was able to read these books one after the other. This author is amazing, both with the writing and the story development. I cried about as much as Brayden did. There was a lot going on in this book—a lot of strands of things that needed to be worked out. At times it felt like too much, and that there was a little too much that ended up being perfectly orchestrated back to Mrs. F, who reminded me a lot of the wife who dies at the beginning of Sixth Sense. But nonetheless, I am so grateful that I was able to read these books one after the other. This author is amazing, both with the writing and the story development. I cried about as much as Brayden did. There was a lot going on in this book—a lot of strands of things that needed to be worked out. At times it felt like too much, and that there was a little too much that ended up being perfectly orchestrated back to Mrs. F, who reminded me a lot of the wife who dies at the beginning of Sixth Sense. But nonetheless, this was an amazing read that kept me up until 3:30 am two nights in a row. Seriously, these two books ripped my heart out and slowly pieced them back together. I cannot wait for her to write more.
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  • Pamela Stephenson
    January 1, 1970
    Stealing Home, the second book in this amazing St. Michaels Duet, is pure perfection! Harlow Cole has seriously given me the worst book hangover! I couldn’t put this book down because I simply had to know if Brayden and Ashley were fixable. Harlow Cole peels the layers of an onion like a surgeon as the reader reads revelation after revelation as this story unfolds. Emotions are high and the angst is real as Brayden executes his plan to bare himself and fix things with Ashley. You don’t want to m Stealing Home, the second book in this amazing St. Michaels Duet, is pure perfection! Harlow Cole has seriously given me the worst book hangover! I couldn’t put this book down because I simply had to know if Brayden and Ashley were fixable. Harlow Cole peels the layers of an onion like a surgeon as the reader reads revelation after revelation as this story unfolds. Emotions are high and the angst is real as Brayden executes his plan to bare himself and fix things with Ashley. You don’t want to miss this amazing story of love and redemption, as Harlow Cole doesn’t disappoint ! Book 3 where are you??? I need some more Harlow Cole words in my life PRONTO!!!
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    An absolutely OUTSTANDING conclusion to a magnificent duet!! OHHH MAN I was counting down the days until this released, and on August 1, I immediately downloaded. I was not disappointed! This was a beautiful conclusion to Ashley and Brayden's love story. I truly cannot wait to read another Harlow Cole story, she is a phenomenal writer - she just has a way of taking your heart and twisting and squeezing every emotion out of it, before filling it back up again. That's how this story was for me - w An absolutely OUTSTANDING conclusion to a magnificent duet!! OHHH MAN I was counting down the days until this released, and on August 1, I immediately downloaded. I was not disappointed! This was a beautiful conclusion to Ashley and Brayden's love story. I truly cannot wait to read another Harlow Cole story, she is a phenomenal writer - she just has a way of taking your heart and twisting and squeezing every emotion out of it, before filling it back up again. That's how this story was for me - what I wanted to happen did, but not in the ways I expected. Brayden showed an amazingly different side to himself, and you could see true growth in all of the characters of this story. Bravo!!
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