In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…
Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.
Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever . . .
I’ll admit that I’d been resisting reading this book despite devouring every other book in this series the instant they were released. I’ve loved all the other books, with the exception of Be with Me (because Jase is a total douche canoe) so I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to this one.
My biggest issue was Stephanie. I have detested her throughout this series and I didn’t want Jennifer to make me like her. I really dislike girls like her and to be honest, it really took me a good while to warm up to her. By the end, I did have sympathy for her and I felt like I understood her more. Still can’t say I’m overly fond of her.
Nick saved this book for me. He’s always been a bit of an enigma, and I liked learning more about him. He is a really good guy, and he has a good heart. I didn’t swoon over him like I did with Cam and Jax, but he is still decent leading-man material.
The plot handles two sensitive inter-linked subject matters in Jennifer’s usual inimitable style. The story was solidly built and appropriately handled without glossing over the difficult of the situations they faced. Emotional depth was decent.
However, the plot was very predictable and that’s the main reason why this is a 4-star rating. I thought we might have seen more of the subplot surrounding Rick, as I’m sensing there’s more to this story. Possibly I’m thinking it’s linked to what happened to Roxy and those other girls in the last book, and maybe it will be developed in the next book. Or I could be completely on the wrong page. Guess we’ll see!
If you have read the other books in this series then I think you’ll enjoy this one. For me, it’s not my favorite, but still a very decent read.