Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.
Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.
But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.
So, Wow. This book is just…WOW. Did I mention how WOW this book is!!
As predicted, I stayed up all night reading this and now I feel like I need match-sticks to keep my eyes open. But it was so worth it.
This book is perfection on a page. I loved it in it’s entirety. I loved the writing, characters, plot and pacing. There is really nothing I can fault about it.
The writing: Breath-stealing and inspiring as usual. I absolutely adore Jennifer’s writing style and I devour everything she writes.
The characters: I already liked Roxy and Reece from ‘Stay With Me’ and it was great getting under the hood and understanding more about their lives. I really love how Jennifer writes her male characters. They are usually quite snarky and moody, hot as hell, strong and protective of their women. But they also see the strength in their girls and give them the freedom to express that, and there is always a little bit of emotional vulnerability due to something in their background. What I love is that they are able to express that and discuss it with their partners (sometimes it takes a while) but it’s a level of emotional maturity that I see in the current generation of men. I really feel Jennifer has captured the essence of the modern man (sorry for the cheesy line which I know sounds like I’ve ripped it straight from a men’s cologne advert, and maybe subconsciously I did!)
Reece portrays all those traits and he’s a really decent guy. So easy to fall in love with. Roxy has been in love with him since she was 15 and she has never let anyone else get close to her. She is dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event which essentially robbed her of her best friend and the guilt is threatening to destroy the future she should have. Reece is trying to encourage her to follow her heart and pursue her passion but Roxy is so caught up in guilt and fear that she is struggling to find her true path. This part of the plot really connected with me as I’m on a similar journey myself, and it’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time! I could relate and I felt it was very well written. In summary, Roxy is an easy character to like and I was rooting for her the whole way.
Pacing: Spot-on. This book is a real page-turner and I didn’t put it down until it was finished (I tried several times but I just couldn’t do it.)
Plot: Anyone that follows my reviews knows that I love a strong romance theme mixed in with the fantasy/adventure/suspense and this book delivered by the bucket load. I adored how the romance played out in this one. Jennifer usually teases us with a lot of to-ing and fro-ing but not so much here and I enjoyed how we got to see Reece and Roxy get together and gel as a couple. The suspense plot-line was awesome and it kept me guessing the whole way through. I had the culprit sussed fairly early on but then Jennifer threw out a few curve-balls and I kept changing my mind. It all culminates in a fairly explosive scene at the end and I was totally gripped.
I also loved that we got to see the couples from all the other books – this is the one thing that helps me stay engaged with this series, as I’m always curious to see what’s going on with the others, in particular, Cam & Avery, Calla & Jax.
All in all this was a fantastic read. Epic. JLA at her very best. Highly Recommended.