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Rebel, runner, recluse, rich girl.

Nine years ago, Erin Walsh ran away from everything.

Home.

Family.

Secrets.

Tragedy.

Herself.

The only permanence in her life is catastrophe.

She travels from country to country, chasing disaster, teasing fire, playing with poison. She guards against real connections, and shuns the only family she has left.

She holds everyone - even her siblings - at a mile-long distance. It's the only way to protect herself.

But she can't protect herself from Nick Acevedo.

He's the ice to her fire, and he's willing to sacrifice everything to bring her home.

©2016 Kate Canterbary (P)2020 Kate Canterbary

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You've Got Mail <3

When Erin Walsh agrees to go back home for her bother Matt's wedding, she knows it won't be easy. Nine years ago she packed up her things for college in Hawaiii and from there she went all over the world as a respected volcanologist. She was fleeing a past of abuse, self-harm and, most of all, she wanted to stay away from her big sister, Shannon and they haven't spoken ever since.

She's assigned a "baby-sitter" at the wedding, the bride's brother, but pretty soon she sees herself spending time with Dr. Nick Acevedo, the groom's best friend. There is an instant mutual attraction and when Erin starts to feel overwhelmed she asks Nick to get her out of there and they end spending the night around town. She dares him to steal a boat, but he finds a boat captain willing to take them on his lobster fishing run. It turns out the captain is an ordained minister... and yeah, you guessed it, they get hitched on another dare!

Their relationship as a married (in secret) couple develops through a series of emails and texts and the long distance (continents apart) can take its toll. Will Nick be able to get Erin to finally come home?

I had been really curious about Erin. We know from previous books that she's estranged from her family but only learn why now. It's a Walsh book, but this one is heavily centered on Erin and Nick. The story is cleverly told through their written exchanges, a modern day epistolary romance. I confess Erin frustrated me a little at times but I understood her. Nick is grade A book boyfriend material! Swoony! Great book!

Narration: Christian Fox bringing all that southern charm to Texan Nick. Le swoon. Lucy Rivers amazing again.

Possible triggers: past emotional and sexual abuse by a parent; FMC spent time in a psychiatric facility; history of self-harm (cutting); past attempted suicide (slashed wrists); MMC is a pediatric neurosurgeon and mentions medical situations and loss of patients

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Another good book.

I can’t get enough of the Walsh family. Each book is a unique story full of laughter and some tears. I devoured The Spire, loving each character a little more. This series now on top of my favorites and the author is one that I’llI recommend to my book loving friends.

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I think it’s my favorite from this series! Really loved the story and loved the back and forth between everyone

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Erin & Nick

It was good to finally get the full story behind Erin's rift with her family. Like Will in Shannon's story, Nick is the only person who fully understands Erin and see's how the Walshes treat her like she's still the rebellious teenager - that her scars are unique and so deep that they couldn't comprehend - and becomes frustrated with their attitude toward her. I love how Nick stands up for Erin to her family.

All the Walsh children have their own wounds and atrocities visited on them by their father and each handled the abuse differently. Erin acted out recklessly and self-destructively in attempts to drown her pain and distance herself from her siblings. She confides in Nick, a stranger, the night they meet before her brother's wedding. While they don't fall in love that night, they recognize a deep connection with one another and he makes her feel safe - something she hadn't felt around a man or wanted from one in a long time. They "marry" on a lobster boat that night and spend the wedding weekend together, knowing she'd still leave, returning to her work in Europe. Over the following months and years they get to know each other and truly fall in love through emails and video chats and the precious few times they are able to be together, all the while Nick tries to convince Erin to make peace with her family - namely Shannon - and stop wandering the world looking for excuses not to come home. He understands that Boston holds more bad memories for her than good, but it's where he is and he wants to be on the same continent, under the same roof, with his wife.

This is a bittersweet story that makes you ache even more for these siblings and the atrocities they suffered and admire them for managing to grow into any semblance of functioning adults. I must say that I didn't see the twist with Riley's secret crush. That just about floored me.

My only criticism of this story would be that Nick seems to use a lot of words to get his point across. I don't know if this is something that is typical of people from Dallas or Texas in general, but it was annoying at the beginning of the story. It got better as the story progressed, as if he learned to speak with a greater economy of words because he knew he didn't get much time with Erin to spend on them.

I've enjoyed Christian Fox's narration of the men in this series so far, but feel like his Texas accent was a bit over the top at times in this story. *UPDATE* My opinion of Christian Fox's Texas accent has changed because I've listened to this book many times since my initial review and I love it now. This is my favorite book out of the Walsh series and Nick is my favorite non-Walsh man. Wish there were real-life Nick's in this world or that they were as easy to stumble upon as Erin did.

Lucy Rivers' portrayal of the men of this series, making them sound like slow-witted frat boys, continues to be my only issue with her narration.

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Another great Walsh story w/excellent narration!

I was really looking forward to learning Erin's story as well as Nick's and Canterbary did not disappoint! Lucy Rivers and Christian Fox were wonderful as always! I'm not usually drawn to a southern accent but learned that I definitely am when it's Christian doing it. ;)

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Book 6 And I’m Still Hooked

Kate Canterbary please never stop writing family series!! Erin Walsh is the sister who has been running away from her family drama to natural disasters instead. I did not even think she would end up with that hot man. Didn’t see that coming. The Spire just keeps me in love with the Walsh family.

This books were practically made for Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers amazing narration.