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.
We meet Roxy and Reece in the previous book. Roxy works in Jax's bar and Reece is his best friend. I was excited to read more about them when they were introduced, to know what was their past that they used to glare at each other so much.
The story starts out great. I like Roxy and her shirts with weird sayings on it. And then you meet Reece and I loved him through out the book. He supported her with everything and was understanding but Roxy just disappointed me. She behaves kind of weird not just with Reece but also when she's being stalked, she suspects its Casper, the friendly ghost. Now who thinks like that in real life?
I also felt unsatisfied with how Reece and Roxy just start dating without any explanation as to why now after 11 months of fighting like cats and dogs with each other.
But apart from these things, it was a good read. We get to meet old characters and catch up with them.
I like this author's writing and with this series some books are a total hit and some are miss for me unfortunately. This one was in the middle somewhere. I liked majority of the book but in between only I felt like how can anyone be this stupid. That said, I loved it when the characters weren't being stupid.
Some of my favorite quotes:
“Remember everything I said in the bedroom? I'm scared, too. And there are times I question what I deserve, but we're in this together. So fall with me," he said, smoothing his thumbs along my cheekbones. "Let yourself go and fall with me, and baby, I will catch you. I will get you through this. You just got to take that risk.”
"kissed me like he had all the time in the world. Slowly at first, just a brushing of his mouth against mine, and then deeper, parting my lips with his tongue. It wasn’t just a kiss. Not when his tongue danced over mine or the way he tasted me. Reece turned kissing into an art form, and if I had to attach a color to it, to get it on canvas, it would be supple shades of reds and purples.”
“Unfortunately, I also hated him, absolute loathed him. Ah, well, most of the time. Sometimes. Pretty much whenever I gazed upon his perfection and started lusting after him. Yeah, that's when I hated him.”