THE BOYFRIEND BOOKMARK: ★★★★★
Madison Miller is broken. Everyone she’s loved throughout her life has left her in one way or another. Her father died when she was ten years old. Her mother left to return to Spain. Now she’s watching her only brother’s casket descend into the ground after a fatal accident. Plus her boyfriend since the sixth grade is dumping her for “not being enough”.
Madison escapes from the funeral, heading to a hotel bar to drown her sorrows. There she meets a stranger who awakens something inside of her. He helps her forget that life is a series of losses. For one night she gains someone to care for her. In those stolen moments, nothing else matters. The next morning, though, all she can feel is guilt, so she slips away without saying goodbye.
Madison is devoted to those she loves and would do anything for her family. She finds herself moving back home when her brother’s widow needs help caring for their seven-year-old daughter. Little does she know, she will soon face the biggest challenge of her life.
In the near future, fate will have their paths cross again, and the question will be whether this complicated but caring woman can convince this distrustful and disillusioned man to believe in falling in love for the first time in his life. Will passion and desire be enough to surmount all of life’s obstacles, or will the threat of heartache and overwhelming responsibility keep these two lovers apart forever?
I am not sure where this book came from but I am glad it found its way onto my Kindle. I will be the first to admit that Sawyer was a pain in the ass from the beginning. I mean, I get brotherly love and all that but this took it to the extreme to know he actually took their advice. One brother has kids that he never sees and the other is with the biggest bitch on the planet, or at least in a couple of states. I just couldn’t wrap my head around why Sawyer would put so much faith in his brothers’ experiences with women.
Now… Madison, I admire the heck out of her. She is a true heroine in any sense of the word. Everyone she has loved, she has lost. Her dad died when she was young, her mother moved back to Spain, she just buried her brother and now her sister in law is away in a recovery program. Madison is raising her niece (who is just about the cutest kid ever) and trying to figure out how she is going to make ends meet. Oh and did I mention on the day of her brother’s funeral, her longtime boyfriend dumped her? This girl has been through so much and now she is trying to figure out how to move on with her life.
Get him out of her system. That’s what she needs to do. She just needs to find someone else who can work him out of her system. And so it begins…
He’s not looking for an attachment, she’s trying to forget and somehow they end on in one crazy one night stand… but uh oh… school’s about to start and guess who the teacher is… Madison doesn’t need this in her life. She is busy enough working two jobs and taking care of her niece. But of course you know as well as I do, things don’t work that way nestled between the pages of a book.
These two have the sexual frustration and attraction down to a science. But everything seems to be making her run toward him and making him run away from her. Eventually something is going to give. When that dam breaks, it is going to get crazy… and of course it does.
Aimie Grey has taken a simple hotel romance and turned it into something extraordinary. I loved the characters, well, except the brothers and that wife of the one… but they just seemed more real. The way the talked and the way they acted. And Sawyer’s sister just completely stole my heart. This book had spunk and character and I really enjoyed each and every page of it.
I typically tend to get frustrated with duel POV’s in books, but it worked really well in Never To Keep. Though we always new what Madison was going through, it was helpful to try and figure out where Sawyer was coming from.
This was a great read and I would highly recommend it. It was fun, flirty, teetering on the edge of reality but brought full circle with the right amount of love. It stole my breath and touched my heart.
ABOUT AIMIE GREY
Aimie Grey didn’t read a single book until she was in her early thirties. One fateful day, her friend decided to put an end to the madness and shoved a steamy romance novel under Aimie’s nose. After being forced to read one of “those” scenes, Aimie went home and bought the book, and the next one, and the one after that. In the two years since, Aimie has read close to four hundred books. Somewhere along the way, she became frustrated with reading repetitive stories revolving around the experienced man seducing the still virginal woman. Aimie decided to take matters into her own hands and wrote her debut full length erotic romance novel Never to Keep.
In addition to her day job as an IT system administrator, and her new evening gig as a writer, Aimie’s primary role in life is wife and mother. Aimie lives in the Midwest with her husband and two teenage daughters.
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