Diamonds and Dust by Lili Valente

Diamonds and Dust

byLili Valente, Jessie Evans

Kobo ebook | November 24, 2014

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**A sexy second chance romance from NYT and USA Today Bestselling author Jessie Evans **

*The home run neither of them expected… *

Pike Sherman is a legend in Lonesome Point, a hometown boy who made it to the big leagues. Literally. Professional baseball acquired one hell of a pitching arm and its latest celebrity bad boy when the gifted Pike was drafted seven years ago. Pike’s broken heart came along for the ride, too, but he kept that private, and since leaving Lonesome Point has kept his distance from his hometown. But when Pike’s little sister, Mia, begs him to be the Dude of Honor at her wedding, he can’t refuse. He takes advantage of a break in the season and returns home to find himself thrown together with the one woman he never wanted to see again.

Tulsi Hearst is on the verge of losing her Equine Therapy business, and letting down all the kids she’s come to love. After a mix-up with the grant board, she needs to concentrate on finding more funding, not dealing with Pike Sherman, the boy she sacrificed so much for, and the one person she’s ever lied to. And what a lie it is… Pike would hate her if he found out. She knows she should stay far away from the brooding man her summer love has become, but Tulsi can’t resist a slow dance with the only boy who ever made her blood rush.

After just a few days back in Lonesome Point, Pike can’t imagine life without the girl he left behind, but when Tulsi’s secret is revealed, his heart is broken all over again. The only thing worse than losing Tulsi, is losing six years with the daughter he didn’t know he had.

**The Lonesome Point Texas Series: **
12 Dates of Christmas (novella)
Sunny with a Chance of True Love (novella)

Title:Diamonds and DustFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 24, 2014Publisher:Self Taught NinjaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1940848288

ISBN - 13:9781940848280

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pike... Fantastic. I fell in love with the Lonesome Point cowboys in Leather and Lace, and they keep getting better and better. Great writing, and an emotional journey that stays with you long after you've finished. Just what you expect from Jessie Evans.
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pike comes home for Mia's wedding Review of Diamonds and Dust by Jessie Evans Another 5++ star read -- Mia and Sawyer are getting married, which brings Pike home This is the third book in The Lonesome Point series, (all stand alones, with no cliffhangers). We know that Pike is Mia's brother and that after a conflict with their Dad, he has stayed away from home for many years, but that's about all we knew of him. Pike made it to the big leagues as a pitcher and took a broken heart with him. He is now suffering from an injury that has sidelined him from playing ball, so he is back in Lonesome Point to be part of his little sister's wedding week. We learn that Pike and Tulsi had a summer fling and she is the one that broke his heart. We met Tulsi in the first book, Leather and lace, when Mia took Tulsi under her wing from the first day of school and they have been best friends ever since. Mia even helped Tulsi raise her daughter, even though Tulsi would never reveal who the Father was. Once they lay eyes on each other, they both come to the conclusion that they are still in love with each other. Pike wants to put the past behind them and move on with a future together. Tulsi wants it as well, but she is deathly afraid of what will happen IF her secret ever comes out. Pike will hate her and so will Mia. Not knowing why she is so scared, Pike convinces her to leave the past alone and take a second chance on their love. We all knew that the truth would come out, it always does. But the way it comes out was heartbreaking. I won't spoil that part of the story, you will need to read it for yourself. It is soooo totally worth the time and energy. You will need to have some tissues ready when you get close to the end of the book, but take the ride and enjoy it. I am looking forward to reading the next story in this series. Jessie keeps writing amazing stories and we get to reap the rewards. **Complimentary Copy provided by Author for an honest review.**
Date published: 2014-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Jessie Evans has given us another incredible book set in the wonderful small town of Lonesome Point, TX. Reece Hearst never thought she'd return to this town much less meet the incredibly handsome Grayson Parker. The events of her youth may be to hard to handle but for Grayson she is willing to try. This is book four in the series but it can easily be read standalone. You definitely want to grab this one, I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! The men of Lonesome Point, Texas just keep getting better and better. Tulsi and Pike's story was absolutely fantastic. I cheered, i cringed, i laughed and i bawled (thanks for that :P ) Tulsi and Pike had a short whorl wind love affair when they were young that ended bad with a lot of Young adult misunderstandings and one BIG secret. while reading the book you can feel the train wreck that is going to out the secret, but it is a tear inducing surprise on how it comes out. Thanks for another great read Jessie. I'm impatiently awaiting Reece's story
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing series! I love the Lonesome Point Texas series and loved Leather and Lace and Saddles and Sin, but I do believe that Diamonds and Dust is my favorite so far. Jessie just keeps writing better and better books. She is extremely talented and has the ability to use the written word to evoke such deep emotions that it's almost painful sometimes. Tulsi has been in love with her best friend's brother, Pike, since she was a little girl. At 18, an opportunity presents itself in the form of Pike driving by her on the side of the road. She just can't keep her feelings to herself anymore, so she confesses to still having a crush on him and dares him to make a decision and kiss her or leave. He admits to having the same feelings for her and they spend a few months in each other's arms. Eventually it ends in heartbreak for them both and they don't see or hear from each other for 7 years. Once they come face to face again, there is anger, hurt and heat. Pike is still sexy and gorgeous and Tulsi can't stop thinking about him. Pike decides he still loves her and he wants her and he'll do whatever it takes to get her back. Can he convince her that their love is stronger than the past? Will she be able to tell him her secrets and believe that he will still love her? I laughed and cried and finished it in only a few hours! Diamonds and Dust is one of my favorite second chance romance stories and I'm a sucker for second chance love! "And maybe I'm not as sweet as everybody thinks I am." "Is that right?" he asked. "That's right. So as far as I'm concerned, you have two options." He nodded slowly, holding her gaze with an intensity that made her shiver, "I'm listening." "Either get out of my way and let me forget you, or shut up and kiss me." "I want to taste you so bad it's killing me. I want to see if you still taste like springtime." he said. "And I think the country songs are wrong. You don’t fall in love; you choose it." "I'm not going to eat supper with my family without underpants on, Pike Sherman. I have a wild streak, not a perverted one. And one for Clementine who's 6. "I promise to be good everyone will think I'm an angel come down from heaven." Clem said. "And it's church camp , so no taking the name of the Lord in vain, and no 'flipping'," Tulsi added with a hard look. "Everyone will know what you're meaning to say and they will be shocked."
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fantastic! I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. I completely fell in love with Pike by the end of chapter 2. Absolutely loved this book! Great plot and romance. Very loveable characters. A bit of steaminess, All-around, an extremely enjoyable read! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite! I stalk, I pace, I wait. And then I am able to revisit Lonesome Point, Texas! I love this series created by Jessie Evans with a small town full of strong, handsome cowboys and quirky characters. People with hopes and dreams, with quirks and edges but at the heart of it always - love. And this addition to the series did not disappoint! Tulsi is raising Clementine alone, hiding the fact that her best friend's brother was her daughter's father. How this came to be is revealed through both Pike and Tulsi's point of view. They love each other - there really is no one else for either of them - but life is rarely that simple or straightforward. Pike is a talented baseball player who left his hometown years ago, who returned to celebrate his sister's wedding. Not realizing the secret she kept, he realized he never stopped loving Tulsi and was determined to have the life with her he had always dreamed of. Juggling problems with careers and family, their love may not be enough to overcome long-held secrets. An emotional climax brings it all to a head - would they get their happily ever after? All I could have hoped for and more! Now back to stalking - Reece's story is next!
Date published: 2014-11-26