Dirty Shame by Tess Oliver
Kellan is a coal miner.
Rylan is the daughter to a coal owner big wig.
In high school, they thought that they would stay together because they were in love. But something happened and Kellan treated her like the relationship was over. Then Rylan heard rumors that Kellan was cheating on her, and she was heartbroken.
Kellan and Ryland meet back up and the attraction is instantaneous. I wish they had had communicated more in the beginning. These needed to be a little more talking and less jumping in the bed with one another.
Also, the backdrop for this story depressed me. It was such a sad town that was lacking in economic opportunities for the average person. The rich held all of the wealth with little regard to the poor people in their midst. Added to that, there was strict segregation of the two classes. The way that the author had of highlighting the socio-economical issues of this town, left me without any hope. Sure Kellan and Rylan will get together, but they are going to most likely struggle. A LOT. I know that I’m probably being a Debbie Downer right now. But whatevs.
I might have liked the book better if by the end, Kellan was going to get another job. I understand that coal mining is a way to make an honest living. No one mentions that Kellan will probably get black lung or some other health problem associated with mining coal. Part of the happy ever after scenario should not include a shorten lifespan. Too much like real life.