Posted:  Nov. 24, 2014

Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna AlwardOnce upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand…until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store…

Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service…then again, Jess isn't that same young, na├»ve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love…and loss. But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?

     She was 17 and he was 20 when she finally got her first kiss from Rick Sullivan behind the sand dunes.  He was part of the family really, he was her brother and two cousin’s best friend.  Jess Collin now 28, is still pissed that her brother Josh and her two cousin’s Bryce and Tom are still friends with the guy that kisses her once then runs away and joins the Marines.  Then, he comes back missing a hand and has PTSD.  Like that’s not enough he finds out soon after returning that his mom is dying of a terminal cancer.
     So, what’s a guy to do with all that pressure, anger, and fear?  Well, for Rick he turned to booze in a big way.  Causing him to visit the “Pokie” a couple of times care of his best friend and Jess’s cousin now the Chief of Police Bryce.  Not plus the gal he’s been crushing on for forever is not one of his biggest fans now, for sure.  She in fact bashes him every chance she gets. 
     But, on her death bed Roberta, Rick’s mom ask that Rick stop drinking for good and he did promise her.  Doing so he releases, all errs that have happened to him, by painting, it calms him.  It really saves his life.
     I enjoyed this story just so much.  It had so much emotion is just the short amount of pages that it had on my kindle phone edition.  It tells such a loving story of what one of our service men goes through as he tries to acclimate himself back into his life.  But when you get to much put on you all at once like Rick does it takes a strong woman like Jess the most unlikely person to just be your friend again.  They learn to form a civil open line of communication which is really nice.  Not easy but nice. 
I give this story 5 stars.  Provided by Net Galley.
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