Porter Prescott spent years fighting to be his own person.
His goal of playing for a hockey club not associated with the Prescott name finally comes true.
But just as he’s leaving for the next chapter in his life, he meets her.
Asher Spence spent a lifetime learning she was worthless and unwanted.
She learned that sometimes the only person you can count on is yourself, and even then, you can fail.
What starts out as picture perfect can only come crumbling down.
No one listened to her pleas before,
Why should they listen to them now that she’s found a place to finally call home?
But sometimes, it’s the fight that takes you out of the game.
This DUET can be read as a standalone from the Prescott Family series. However, please note that this is book one in a duet. Book two, Holding, will be releasing within three weeks of Altercation’s release, concluding the duet.
I moved to stand where she’d be able to see me, not really caring if I was blocking the view for some other person waiting. I widened my stance and with my arms crossed over my chest, I kept my eyes trained as far back as I could see. My gaze shifted over the different travelers coming in; the only person I wanted to see was a brunette with crazy colored eyes.
And then I saw her.
The feeling that overtook me was like a drowning man getting his first breath of air. A starving man getting a fucking full-course meal.
She didn’t see me yet, but she would in time. There were maybe eighty people between us and she was nearing.
Her hair was braided over her shoulder, wisps of hair falling out and framing her face. She was wearing leggings and those damned boots of hers, but I was surprised to see her shirt was the girly type, long with cuts up the sides, nearly to her waist, and lacy sleeves that played peek-a-boo with the colors adorning her arm. She didn’t carry a bag, just her phone in one hand.
I licked my bottom lip before biting it gently, trying to stop the smile from spreading on my face. Didn’t want to look like a complete moron.
Her gaze was down at the floor, no doubt watching where she was walking. It didn’t surprise me she was careful like that.
Look up, Asher…Look up.
Her face lifted and, like a magnet, her eyes locked on mine instantly.
And the smile on her face?
There was no sense stopping my full-ass smile now, not with the one she just shot my way.
If you would have told me, four months ago, I would be the most celibate man in the history of earth, all for the glimpses of smiles from that girl there with more secrets behind her eyes than I could ever hope to uncover, I probably would have laughed in your face.
Four months ago, I was gearing up for my rookie season in South Carolina.
Four months ago, I was a kid with a big name, going to a team that had nothing to do with said big name.
Four months ago, it was rumored I would be the new hot shot in town. Nico certainly didn’t fail to show me the gossip sites, seemingly run by a bunch of puck bunnies.
But four months ago, I walked into Starbucks for a goodbye coffee with my sister, and met the girl with secrets.
And four months ago, I became addicted without so much as a taste.
Now that I’ve had that taste? Shit, I couldn’t wait for more.
Sometimes holding on, impedes moving on.
First comes love, then comes marriage…
But before the ceremony could start, Porter’s world was knocked off it’s axis.
He fought for years to break down Asher’s walls, to see past her ghosts…but some ghosts may be too hard to fight.
Asher knew better than to believe she could keep her past in the past,
Keep the filth of who she was, from touching the Prescott family.
But as badly as she wants to keep Porter away
…she needs his family more.
What you see is what you get…
And even the most astute eyes can’t see the biggest ghost.
Sometimes holding on is the only choice you have.
Porter Prescott finally has the break he needed to break away from the pressure of the being a part of a legendary hockey family. He’s making a name for himself, by doing the total opposite of what everyone thinks he should do. He’s going to be playing in South Carolina instead of San Diego like his brothers and father before him. As he gets ready to start his new life, he gets hit, straight through the heart when being introduced to his sister Avery’s new friend… Asher. He supposed to be heading to the airport. Starting a new life. But Asher has such a pull on him in the few minutes being in her presence that he can’t leave. So he reschedules his flight not knowing that his life was about to completely change.
Asher is running. She never expected to meet Avery and be taken in by not Avery but her family too. They offer her a place to stay and eventually a job. Then there is Porter. Avery’s younger brother. She has this instant connect with him, but she knows if can never be more. She’s damaged goods and no one could or would ever love her. The only thing is she can’t seem to stop thinking about Porter, even once he’s gone to South Carolina.
Avery sees the instant connection between her brother and Asher and decides to play matchmaker. Porter is drawn to Asher, but he can see that there is something holding her back. The two become friends and after a weekend that Asher gets tricked into flying to SC to see Porter, things start to evolve for the two. Asher grows to trust Porter and feeling start to grow. Asher is ready to see what could happen between the two of them but she is so afraid once Porter finds out about her past, not only will she lose Porter but she’s lose his family too, who have become a lifeline for her. She’s never felt the type of love that she has with Prescott family. Can she risk it all with Porter only to lose everything in the end?
This book is so full of angst yet hope. We get glimpses into Asher’s past as thing start to manifest during the evolution of their relationship. Porter is a saint. Patient and kind. This book does end on a cliffhanger and I’m on pins and needles to see what happens next for these two. The book takes place over a 5 year period and your emotions take quite a ride through the years with them. The good news is that book 2 is just around the corner, so it’s not a big wait.
Migon’s writing is effortless and engaging. You become such a part of her character’s lives that you feel as if you are living it with them. I had tears, both sad and happy. I loved every minute of the book and read it all in one sitting, not able to put the book down.
What an amazing ending to this duet! I fell for Porter just a little more (which I was already head over heels for the boy in Altercation).
Holding in Part Two in the Duet Series and YOU MUST READ ALTERCATION before reading Holding. After the cliffhanger of Altercation my mind was racing trying to figure out what happened! So the opening to Holding surprised me a little.
Asher has some serious skeletons and ghosts to work through. Especially after the ordeal she and Avery went through. She’s in survival mode and Porter has no clue how to help her. Asher loves Porter and his family more than anything in the world but she knows deep down that they will never accept her once they find out the “truth”.
This is an angsty, emotional read. I cried for Porter. I cried for Asher. I cried for the Prescotts. I absolutely loved this fabulous ride of Asher and Porter. A fantastic series that looks that the realistic and raw journey that most have to take to their HEA.