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Published by Harper Collins on March 31st 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult, Romance
Jennifer L. Armentrout (also known as J. Lynn), New York Times bestselling author of the Wait for You saga, delivers a new novel of first love, second chances, and scorching chemistry.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.
I love this series. I truly do… which makes this review a bit harder to write.
I didn’t love this installment.
I am breaking my own heart by saying that out loud.
So… the story. If you’ve read the series here, you know that Roxie works in the bar that is owned by Jax. Kinda quiet … has a thing for Officer Reece Anders, but won’t admit it. Well, something happened between her and Reece… sort of, and they haven’t been speaking for the past 11 months. Unless you call sidelong glances and looks of panic before running off any kind of conversation. When Reece has had enough and confronts Roxie she has to decide if she’s ready to possibly have her heart stomped on again because he’s ready to lay it all on the line.
But that’s not all. Roxie’s best friend has been in a long term care facility for years and watching him waste away is killing her and when the man who put him there is released from prison she struggles with the pain that brings. Add to the fact that someone out there is stalking women and the crimes are escalating and Roxie is dealing with a lot of crap right now.
I adore Roxie … I love her snark and I love her wit … and I have a deep appreciation for a girl who is addicted to t-shirts like I am. I really enjoyed her as a character here and I loved getting to know more about her past and finding out all about her.
But I really felt like she made some very stupid decisions.
I don’t mean stupid decisions like I didn’t agree with them, I mean stupid decisions like if she would have actually stopped to think for a minute about the things that have happened she should have come to a different conclusion than the ones that she did. Especially considering the circumstances that are happening in neighboring areas.
So Roxie as a character. I loved the layers that Armentrout gives her… the guilt she lives with, the way she’s trying to live her life for her best friend, that’s all really well done. Her struggles she has as she sees who he used to be and who he is now is just heartbreaking to read.
I think part of my problem with this story lies with Reece. I don’t know … I just didn’t click with him and I don’t really know if I liked him and Roxie together. Oh sure… I mean, I liked them together together, but I didn’t love their chemistry I think like I have the other characters in this series. Plus, once something about a character starts to bother me, I can’t stop having it bother me, and if I’m being honest, I really hated some of the phrases that Reece used. Well, okay… one.
“I’m going to be in you.”
“I need to be in you.”
“I regret getting in you.”
“the only times I’ve been in you have been too fast.”
I don’t know what it is, but this just makes me
I just felt … I guess like Reece, that everytime they were together it was rushed and while intense and passionate, I just didn’t feel the love between them.
Like I said, it pains me to write this because I love this series and the characters here, these two just didn’t work for me.
Thank you to Avon books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.