Jake Martin wasn’t looking for love. After his ‘true love’ married another, he kept to himself and lived the life of a bachelor.
When their paths crossed in Mexico, they couldn’t get enough of each other. Beth kept to her ‘friends with benefits’ plan, while Jake wanted more. A pregnancy scare caused Beth to run from Jake. Jake gave Beth the space she needed even if it was going to kill him. Christmas at the Black Hollywood Club reunited them and made them stronger.
Now, the family Beth wanted to forget pops back into her life needing her full attention. All the while, Beth’s secret is busting at the seams causing her to once again distance herself from Jake. Jake decides enough is enough and vows to fight for the love of his life, his real true love.
Will Beth be able to give herself to Jake? Can Jake’s love give Beth the strength she needs, or will her secrets cause them to fall apart again, leaving them shattered . . . unable to pick up the pieces.
*Give Me All of You is book 3 is the Black Hollywood Series. It can be read as a standalone.
The lightening shines again in our room and she rolls to face me. Her beautiful lips are puckered and her cheeks are stained with tears from earlier. I slide into bed and pull her close to me. She snuggles right up and my heart feels like it is going to explode. This is so right. How can she not realize it?
My eyes slowly shut and I’m off into a peaceful sleep with the love of my life.
It feels as though my eyes just shut when I am jolted awake by Beth screaming out into the night. The blood curdling sound has me on my feet before I even know what is going on. I try to blink the sleep from my eyes and focus on the room.
That’s when I see her. In bed curled into a fetal position shaking uncontrollably. “Beth, Beth baby, what’s wrong?” She doesn’t loosen the grip on her legs. I don’t want to scare her any more than she is.
She jerks away from me when I place a hand on her shoulder trying to calm her. If it’s possible I think she actually curls into herself even more. I need her to focus on me. Moving swiftly around the bed to be in front of her, I crouch down to her eye level.
“Beth, I need you to look at me.” I move the matted hair away from her eyes. It takes a few minutes before I see her white knuckles move and start gaining color. Then her eyes meet mine. They seem so empty and scared.
When she finally seems to focus, she lunges at me. I move quickly to catch her body flying at me. If I didn’t know she was truly scared out of her mind, I would have laughed because she knocks me on my ass.
I just hold her. Caress her back and hair. She isn’t crying. If I had to guess I’d say she is in some sort of shock. Time seems to stand still. Then her body starts shaking again. “Beth, shhhhh, it’s going to be okay. Please talk to me. I’m right here. I’m not going anywhere.”
Her breathing seems to calm down and the shaking slows. “Where’d you go baby? Come back to me.” Feeling like I can move without scaring her, I cradle her to my chest and move to the bed again. Siting her on my lap, I rest my back on the headboard.
She looks up and tries to back out of my embrace. “Oh God, Jake, I’m so sorry.” Her hands try to cover her face. “That hasn’t happened to me since I was in school. Fuck how embarrassing.”
Grabbing her hands I pull them away. “You said you wouldn’t shut me out. Elizabeth look at me. What happened?”
Her face falls and she looks away.
Some times giving our heart away is the hardest thing we will ever have to overcome. No one knows this more than Elizabeth. These two have played a crazy game and it is all going to boil over if someone doesn’t start talking soon. She runs. That’s what she does. He is tired of chasing after her, but Jake is not going to let her get away. She is everything he knows he needs in his life and he is determined to keep her there. No matter what. He wants to stand by her side and be there for her through it all. She is the one. But when the carpet is pulled out from under her, she knows it’s time. She knows she has to tell him. But they have been playing this game so long, she knows he will be the one to run this time.
Secrets will be revealed, hearts broken and healed, lives touched and hurdles overcome. This book is a twist of fate for Elizabeth and she knows this is her one chance to set the record straight, not only with Jake, but with Maxx and her mother as well. This is her chance to allow herself to be happy. But the question is will she be able to do it? Or will the nightmares from the past continue to haunt her well into her future?
I loved Jake in this book more than anything. He was determined to be Elizabeth’s everything. Not because he had to but because he knew in his heart that she was his future. It was his job to protect and comfort her and to make sure she was happy. Even if she didn’t ask for any of he, he was committed to it.
It was hard to see Beth fall apart in this book. I think I cried more for her past and for her future than I though was possible. She made the feelings and the emotions real. Her character was strong, but she had a dark past, clouded in reality and it was not an easy struggle for her. But if she can find the peace in her past, she can have everything for her future.
But ultimately those struggles that are the hardest to face are the ones that have the biggest impact on your life, whether good or bad. Beth and Jake prove that your life can do both. This is a beautiful story about falling apart and holding it all together and the love and faith in one another that we need to do that. I was touched by this story and I just fell in love with the characters all over again. I cried with them, I laughed with them and I held them close to my heart. I love it when a book does that to me emotionally!