A beautiful and emotional second chance romance with a strong heroine and a swoon-worthy hero. Must read! ~ USA Today Bestselling Author, Melanie Harlow
I left home ten years ago, promising myself I’d never return to the place where I had never been accepted. I was despised and ridiculed for circumstances completely beyond my control.
But when my grandmother passes away, I’m forced to return to Kansas. I will have to face everyone who hated me. But they’re not who I’m most afraid of.
My biggest fear? Facing him.
The boy I once loved more than life itself. The boy who defended me from them. The boy I’d disappeared on, leaving him nothing more than a horrible nasty lie and hastily scribbled note.
When Jordan finds out the secret I have carried for so long, I’m in for the battle of my life.
Or so I thought.
I might have wandered for years on a path riddled with thorns but with Jordan by my side, taking the long road home means more than reuniting with the only man I’ve ever loved. It might just mean finding myself, and the family I never thought I could ever have along the way.
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God. How screwed up was I?
“It pisses me off how smart you can be sometimes,” I muttered and sipped my wine, eyes drifting out the window. If that had been the case, then I’d twisted reality for years. Believed it and based a life off it. I pressed my hand to my forehead and sighed. “I’m such a disaster, Jordan. A complete mess. I honestly don’t know why you bother.”
“Because when you let your guard down and let people see you, you’re still the most stunning woman I’ve ever met. You only have to start believing it.”
I dropped my hand as pleasure whipped through my veins. He was always bold and confident. I wasn’t used to this new bluntness. “It’ll take a while.”
“I’m a patient guy. And I’m hoping that at the least, you’ll start to believe how I see you, and the rest will come. You just have to trust me this time. Can you do that?”
Could I trust him? God, I’d trust him with my life. It was a ridiculous question. None of the decisions I made were because I didn’t trust him. It was simple self-preservation.
“I can do that,” I finally said.
“Good.” He grinned.
We were ridiculous.
“So what happens now?” I asked. He gestured to my almost empty wineglass.
“Would you like another?”
“No. It’ll probably put me to sleep.”
He took his to the sink and dumped it. I drank the last two sips while he rinsed out the glass, cleaned up the small mess we’d made and resettled the wine in the fridge.
“You didn’t answer my question,” I said once he turned and headed in my direction.
“Now,” he said, and he shot me that smoldering look of his. Furrowed brows, head dipped, heat in his eyes I remembered oh so well, and continued, “We’re going to make out on your grandma’s couch like we used to. We kiss until we can’t breathe. Maybe, if I’m lucky, you let me feel you up a bit, and then I go home with a hard-on like I used to, and tomorrow, we try to do better than we did tonight.”
His hands hit my hips. His head dipped. A furious heat swam on my cheeks and spread, warming other parts of me with precision like my libido was directly connected to his voice.
And as his lips brushed my cheek, went to my neck, his hands slid up to my waist and I fell into him, the feel of him, his touch, and the way he moved so slowly and seductively, there was really only one word I could give him.
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I knew that Jordan and Destiny’s story would hit all kind of emotional things… what a journey.
A journey about second chances, forgiveness and remembering what it was to beloved and cherished, to find the one that would fight for you no matter what. The sense of belonging to a family, blood related or not.
Jordan and Destiny’s were childhood sweethearts, two against the world. The golden child and the girl who had nothing with deep self-confident issues and scars that ran deep, rooted until the point she could take it anymore.
One day, everything went through the window and ten years later, they were reunited. I was really surprised about how the author handled things, in a very good way.
A story filled so much angst that you could feel everything. No one were spared. I appreciated how the characters weren’t beating around the bush. As painful the truth could be, the tension palpable, something really overwhelming at times, I was drawn, I couldn’t put it down.
They made my heart race so many times I lost count. Through the characters alternating POV, all the resentment, misunderstandings and also anger and hatred leading to that situation were shown. Laid it out bare, without any concessions.
That mix of love and hate, building up and exploding bringing emotions to another level went straight to my heart. But all the love… oh my!
I was afraid about how would Destiny’s past would be handled and mostly the repercussions of all the bullying that leaded her to take that decision years, at a moment when she did my have any maturity to face it and ending selfish in some way. But I wasn’t. She was stronger, braver, finally accepting not to let her past driving her life.
I adored their chemistry and they won’t settle for less, especially Jordan, determined to finally make her his.
The constant evolution of their relationship through lots of hardships to overcome felt real, believable, heartbreaking and sad but so beautifully written.