Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He’s flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there’s anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn’t prepared for what happens next.
Never fall in love
Two rules, that’s all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has “relationship” written all over her. But Graham can’t stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.
When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he’s prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham’s past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.
He should’ve known to walk away.
I am not going to gush on and on about how much I loved this book or that I was instantly sucked in and had to read it all in one sitting. In fact, it took me two days to finish this book. I had a hard time getting into it in the beginning, but what it did was keep my interest so high that I had to keep reading to find out how it ended. It was nothing like I expected and I am not sure I was ready to take in this book.
You want to talk about a seriously messed up guy who is 100% alpha and in charge… but that was the big intrigue. He was in charge to a point of extreme and when he felt the least bit out of control, all bets were off and that alone had me completely intrigued. I wanted to know what made Graham tick. But it was more than that. I wanted to know what was up with Carly.
These two had enough emotional scars from the past to push anyone over into insanity, but the fact that they found one another in the beginning just sparks something. This was a tough read because of the backgrounds of the two main characters. One who keeps the faith without getting too close and one who may never find the love because he has never had it freely.
I loved watching Graham’s character change throughout the book. It was hard seeing him in the beginning of the book, so hard and jaded. But to see him transform into a different person throughout the book just held my interest. I was quite shocked and quite happy with this character.
Now, I know Carly had a past as well, but this book is really about the growth you see in Graham. I liked her character, but I wanted more of her. I wanted more of her edge. She really made a big change as well throughout the book, but because this book was a singular perspective, it was a lot harder to see what she was going through. But I thought she had a lot more confidence and attitude than she let anyone believe, especially given the circumstances of her past.
But together the two of them were electric. They had that spark. That something special. It just showed how much these two needed each other. This book was hot, it was, just not in the way I expected it. There was plenty of sexual tension but the reason and results were just the tenderest of moments that just spoke to the heart.
This may not have been what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed it and it kept my interest even if it was just to see what Graham did next. I can’t ruin the book but there is a point in the book when all of Graham’s defenses just melt away because of another and it just touched me so much in that moment that I knew everything was more than it could have been when I opened the book. I appreciate the difficult natures of this book and the growth of the characters just made it big.
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
Here are ten things you really want to know about me.
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband