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When we were eleven, Oliver Ford Pemberton dared me to jump off a barn roof. He said you couldn’t break a leg from a 12-foot-jump.
(You can also break a collarbone, which served him right as far as I was concerned.)
I wish I could say it was the last dare I ever took from him, the last bet I ever made with him, the last time I ever trusted Oliver Ford Pemberton.
But it wasn’t.
Because he had the nerve to grow up gorgeous, charming, and sexy. And as we got older, the dares only got dirtier—and the betting stakes higher—until finally, he left me in pieces. I swore I’d never talk to him again.
But twenty years after I took that flying leap, he’s back in my life, daring me to risk everything for him: my job, my self-worth, and my heart.
How many chances does true love deserve?
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Fueled by pent-up lust and scotch, we stumbled into Oliver’s room and tore at each other’s clothes. It was hot and rough and a little bit violent, as if we were furious we hadn’t been able to keep our hands to ourselves and wanted to take it out on one another’s bodies. We pushed and pulled and growled and grasped. We called each other names and cursed viciously. We knocked over a lamp and ripped Oliver’s shirt.
When we finally exploded together, Oliver had me up against the door, and if our yelling didn’t wake the entire floor, then the pounding must have. I’d have bruises for days.
Afterward, we collapsed on the bed, naked and sweaty and exhausted.
“Oh my God,” I said. “I can’t believe we did that.”
“I know. Me either.”
“I think I pulled a muscle.”
“I think you bit me. Am I bleeding?”
I laughed. “No, but I hope you’re not seeing anyone. If you are, she’s going to wonder about all those scratches on your back.”
“I’m not seeing anyone.” He paused. “Are you?”
Neither of us moved for several minutes. When I caught myself falling asleep, I sat up. “I should go.”
“Why? Just stay here.”
I looked down at him. “You want me to stay?”
“Yeah.” He opened his eyes. In the low light, they almost looked black instead of blue. “Spend the night with me.”
I waited for it—the dirty joke, the excuse, the subtle dig—the reason he’d toss out for asking me to stay. It couldn’t just be that he wanted me here.
But he didn’t say anything more. He just reached out and covered my hand with his.
I looked at our hands for a moment, and a thousand memories came rushing back. Some good, some bad, but all us. I felt close to him, and I didn’t want to leave. “Okay. I’ll stay.”
“Good.” He took off his watch and put it on the nightstand.
Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, Succession, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the ONE & ONLY series, the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.
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From best friends to enemies, there’s only one way and it’s Oliver and Chloe’s journey. Complicated filled with some strong angst and blurred lines, a thin line between love and hate.
I found the first part quite interesting, learning about how they went from best friends to strangers. I was excited to see to discover how they ended that way in the first place, to see them fight and maybe put everything behind, to finally meet in the middle.
Chloe suffered a lot with Oliver in the last years for sure. That man she knew since they were babies. With two mothers as best friends it was natural for them to become the same, turned the into little mischievous kids, knowing how to challenge the other, to prank the other without no real limits. I found it pretty endearing and sweet at first.
And then, when I saw the adult version of Oliver, well I don’t why but I feel like he would take a lot to win me over. I appreciated when characters weren’t perfect but that man was checking every points in the jerk list, totally inconsiderate and taking what he wanted and leaving all the mess behind. Breaking Chloe’s heart every time. I was trying hard to understand his reasons and motivations, and I got at some point but it was too much and so repetitive.
Chloe wasn’t an angel either but these two were almost looking for heartbreak and complications. His past actions made her tougher, colder towards him. With all the history, it was totally understandable. I admired her tenacity, strong personality, to prove that she was a hard worker and deserving to earn her success without him.
Anyway, their story captivated me. They were thriving on tearing each others’ hearts. Used to be. When she had to see him again and being almost forced to go on a trip with him, it was like she was going backwards, a trip back to old memories, maybe this time to get all the answers from all this situation.
The author wrote an emotional story about this these two best friends and their way back to home, to finally see how right they were meant to be. I enjoyed it for sure but it wasn’t enough to me. The characters were a bit too predictable and having some repetitive patterns. I had mixed feelings about this book. One thing for sure, the chemistry was undeniable.