BOYFRIEND BOOKMARK RATING: ★★★★★
“If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything.”
There’s no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I’d feel…
But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus.
So no one ever said life was perfect. But you take what you have been given and move forward. But sometimes those simple words are so much easier whispered than put into motion. For Elizabeth, life has been anything but expected. She had a great brother, a loving mother and a father that worked to provide for them all. But as time when on for her, things happened and her life shifted. She now carries the weight of the world on her back and nothing and no one is going to change any of that.
Taking the cards that life has delt with her, she is doing everything in her power to stay in control. To show her brother unconditional love and to be there for her best friends in the whole world. But when something happens on the tour bus on their way to the next gig, her life is going to change. Getting rid of one band member with a bad attitude and not one ounce of compassion, Elizabeth finds herself in a bind. She knows something is going to have to happen in order for the next gig to be a success. That’s when it happens…
He is sitting there strumming a guitar. But it is more than his ability to play bass, he catches her eye. Not just in the sense that it is what the band needs, but something different. She is looking at him. Why is he at a rest stop playing a guitar? And who is he and where can I get his number? Well… maybe not his exact number as that is with the ex who left him there.
Cannon is amazingly beautiful. He is good looking, witty and charming and right at this very moment, he is just what Liz needs to keep the band going. Passing her rigorous tests and admissions before he is allowed to step on that bus, Cannon leaps at the opportunity that has presented itself. He has nothing else going for him. Lost his fiance, house and job pretty much all at the same time. So why is he here at this stop in the road talking to this girl on a tour bus? Well, what else is he going to do?
But she is something else too. He just thinks she is the cutest little whipper snapper ever. But he see something more inside her. He wants to not only be a part of this journey in her life, but he wants to make sure she gets through it. She is something special and he knows it. Now, he just has to convince her and the other guys that he is decent and will do whatever it takes to take care of her. Liz isn’t too concerned with most of the people on the bus, but the one she would do anything for at any given moment, the one she fearlessly protects with everything she has is the one who is going to decide if this guy stays or goes. Connor has a great sense about that. So Lizzie introduces them.
Connor is immediately fond of Cannon. Knowing that Cannon accepts Connor for who he is and actually makes her see things a little bit differently is definately a plus. But Connor just thinks that Cannon is great. Now, the big question is, will Lizzie come around?
So what is up with Lizzie’s brother that he has so much control over her life? It’s not really a matter of control over Lizzie. She would do anything and everything for him. She knows she needs to protect him with everything she has. Their lives have been through so much and when his changed so drastically in the blink of an eye, Lizzie stepped up and stepped in. She picked up the in the protection of her brother where both parents seem to have failed.
But of course, things are not always as they seem on the home front either. There is so much Lizzie doesn’t know and has never allowed herself to find out. Losing her mother and seeking to hold blame against her father for allowing it all to happen. It seems the only thing, or person, helping her keep it together his Cannon.
Cannon and Lizzie have found their way into one another’s hearts and neither is ready to let that go. They are connected, but with everything else in her life, can she find room to let him in completely? Can they really find what they need so quickly? Is it too fast? Too much? GAH!
This book was phenomenal. It tugged at my heart in all the right places, it melted my soul in others. It made me mad at times and happy at times. It took such a tragic background to find the beauty in the every day. This book just grabbed me and sucked me in. It told the story of not only a great love, but of forgiveness and understanding. It is about taking your fears and kicking them to the curb. It is about embracing what life has to offer and opening yourself up to believe you can have what you heart truly desires, and it does it in a pure and sexy way that just leaves you breathless.
S.E. Hall has blown me away with her amazing talent and captured my heart with these characters. Cannon above all is just heroic in his own way. He stole the show and my heart.
This book is not only worth five starts, but the belief in that pretty instinct. I loved this story!
I check my phone for the tenth time. It’s almost 2 am, surely they’re asleep and I can sneak to my own bed. Sleeping with Conner isn’t as fun as you might think, unless you think being caged with a wild animal sounds like a party.
As quietly as possible, I slink out of the bed and through his door, pulling it closed; halfway there. Sending up a silent prayer I don’t meet any open, awake eyes, I turn, relieved at the lack of spectators, and scurry to my bed. After sharing my song tonight, I need some time to pass before I look them in the eyes—those lyrics, the tremor in my voice as I sang—I’m not ready for questions or commentary.
Of course I didn’t pull off the covert bed switch undetected. This bus—40 x 8 feet—might as well be a shoebox. I draw back the curtain, squinting my eyes against the dimness.
“Hey,” Cannon greets me with a whisper and grin from his bed, curtain also pulled open.
Giving him back the smile I can’t contain, I finger wave. Has he been waiting up for me? Was I secretly hoping he’d still be awake? Do I want to know either answer or what it says about me? What planet am I living on that this is now an issue?
“Here.” He scoots to the edge of his bunk and hands across…an earbud? Eyeing him curiously, I turn on my side, facing his way, and put it in my ear. “Shhh.” He puts a finger over his lips then winks and slips the other bud in his own ear, only breaking eye contact for a split second to tap the phone screen, then reconnecting in the muted light.
“Hello, Lizzie,” his voice sounds in my ear and as my eyes pop in surprise. He once again does the “shhh” thing, nodding to me to just listen. “I thought about playing you ‘You Are So Beautiful,’ but surely you already know that. This, you may not.”
There’s a brief pause, then music starts… It’s “Have a Little Faith in Me.”
I know I whimper aloud, but I force my eyes to stay on his no matter how badly I want to hide them and the building tears. Through the entire song, I stare and he stares back, mouthing the words every once in a while. With the closing notes, his voice returns.
“Not too corny, I hope. Just…think about it. Sweet dreams, Lizzie.”
Apparently picking up on the fact I’ve been rendered incapable of functioning, he reaches over and gently removes the earbud, taps the end of my nose with his fingertip, then closes my curtain for me.
I’ll have the corny with a side of corny please.
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S.E.Hall resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 4 beautiful daughters. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading and writing. She’s also being clutch at Baggo, when it’s warm outside!