New Adult / Romance
Date Published: 10/1/2013
Jessica Channing’s big city life should be more exciting than sixty-hour work weeks and popcorn nights with her girlfriends, but it’s not. She has worked hard fulfilling her role as a child prodigy and graduating college years before her peers. She’s the good girl, the brilliant girl.
Unfortunately, she’s also the dateless young woman.
That all changes with one phone call. Jess’s rigid, predictable life upends when she must visit a small, obscure town to deal with a relative’s death. This isn’t just any little speck of a town, though. Long lost memories come crashing down on Jess’s world when two men, the Blackard brothers, seem to lure her in.
Dylan is cover model handsome, and pursues Jess the minute she comes to town. Then there is tall, dark and gorgeous Carson, who hides his own secrets behind his hardened reserve.
For someone who has been governed by her own obsessive behaviors and fears, Jess lets her guard down and jumps at the opportunity to have an affair with a man she actually finds attractive for a change.
There’s just one problem. Jess discovers that she can’t have a simple romantic fling because true passion does indeed come with some very big strings attached to it. She will have to own up to her own truths about love and face the two extraordinary men; both troubled in their own ways and both determined to have her.
This novel contains graphic sexual content and strong language. It is intended for mature readers.
Carson takes a couple long strides and is in my face before I can count to one. He has to lean over to be at my eye level. He places his hands on the counter on either side of me so I’m trapped. “He thinks you’re going to stay here for good. He thinks he has a chance with you. I want you to be honest with him and explain that you’ll be going back to your real life in New York.”
He moves so close to my face, I find myself staring back into his beautiful eyes that never leave mine. He is nothing like Dylan; I can see that in this moment. Carson is only three years older than his brother; however, he might as well be twenty years older. He carries a weight—a burden in him—that is marked by a serious, unwavering demeanor. I think a part of me remembers this about him and another part of me remembers trying to coax the fun side out of him. I know I have seen him laugh, the memory is there, buried with all the other fuzzy images, yet right now, I only see a man who is trying to look strong because there’s something that worries him.
If he’s trying to be intimidating and rouse my anxiety, it’s working. After a short stare-off between us, he moves back. My small victory is that he seems to be at a loss for words, too.
My ***3 STAR*** Review
I’m really on the fence about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed some of it, and yet felt like there were some serious issues. It was weird for me in that it kept sounding like it was hinting at some paranormal activity (no cell coverage at the house, the dog wouldn’t walk past a certain boundary, etc.), but the book never went that way.
I’m still not sure how I feel about Jessica Channing. At first I really appreciated the fact that she had held herself off from sex, waiting on the right guy. But then, WHAM, she gives away her virginity to a guy when it’s really this guy’s brother she wants. Needless to say, I didn’t care a whole lot for her at this point. Throughout the story she does grow in character, though, and that endeared me to her. But, then she seemed to go overboard in rectifying her situation and became annoying again. I was up and down with her.
Carson Blackard – hmmm, yes, well, I will definitely say that I liked him a whole lot more than Jessica. He knew what he wanted out of life and went for it. He didn’t play games, and his character was never wishy-washy (while other characters were). The only problem I had with him is that I couldn’t see what he saw in Jess.
Pros – I found myself laughing out loud throughout the story, and well, I just like to laugh. The sex scenes were well- written and quite frankly, just STEAMY!! Carson – rugged, all man, intelligent, funny, and HOT – I just don’t think I need to say more. Sweet ending!!
Cons – Some of the characters were weird for me, and inconsistent. The story had a supernatural feel, but wasn’t. Jessica’s poor decisions frustrated me to no end.
Recommendations – I recommend this for those of you that like quirky characters. This book is full of them, and while they are not my thing, I know some of you would love them. If you like steamy sex scenes, but don’t want the whole story to be about sex, then this might be for you. Or, you just might want to read this book for CARSON, because he is what made the story worth the read to me!!
Quotes I liked:
Beginnings are exciting and offer so much hope.” ~ Jessica
I doubt you’re wrong for anyone.” ~ Carson
*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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About the Author ~ S.A. Wolfe
S. A. Wolfe lives with her wonderfully loud, opinionated children and husband. She is a voracious reader and passionate about writing, and when those two activities don’t keep her locked away in her room, she loves hiking mountains as much as she adores all the thrills New York City has to offer.