Southern Saturday Nights
Growing up in the south, Allyson Reed is all too familiar with her family's history of racism, but from a young age, she knew she didn't agree with her parent's teachings. When her little brother, Caleb, is born with autism, it puts a blemish on their mother's polished life, and she pressures Allyson to be the perfect child to compensate for Caleb's flaws. Hidden behind closed doors, the guilt of being a part of such a hateful family and never being perfect enough eats away at her until she is left with the decision of being who her parents want her to be or being herself.
As the University of Alabama's leading wide receiver, Daxson Winters is used to his name showing up on every television across the country, but there's something he keeps hidden from the cameras- a traumatic event that left him grieving and heartbroken. As his football career prospers, the rest of his life is haunted by social prejudice, and Daxson is afraid if he follows his heart he'll end up losing the people he loves all over again.
Drawn together by a chance encounter, Allyson and Daxson build an unlikely friendship, help each other heal, and give one another the courage to reach for their dreams. Together, from the depths of guilt, they learn to trust again, and quite possibly find something beautiful and lasting amid the dark hatred surrounding them.
Warning: This story is not rated mature, but it does feature some mature themes such as eating/mental disorders, strong language, violence, and acts of racism.
Cover by The Lovely @TheLittleMissShadow
Copyright © 2019 Taylor Hallon