on November 18, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult
What good is running AWAY when you only end up lost?
Cassandra Pierce had her whole "perfect" life planned out by her parents. One night of pure weakness and lust has her running away from it all and seeking refuge in Alamosa with her best friend. But it seems life has other plans for her when she finds herself lost in the small town of Keaton.
Jason Bradley is a charming country guy. He lives a simple life that’s nothing like what Cassandra is used to. A single moment in life changed everything he thought he once knew, leaving him with a broken heart and an unplanned future.
What happens in Keaton is nothing Cassandra or her heart could have ever prepared for. The instant connection she shares with Jason is no secret, but what they're keeping hidden from one another is. Will these two be able to find a way to trust each other or will their secrets tear them apart?
Stacia and Guest Reviewer Tina say…
Stacia- WOW Tina, I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Away, being that it was a debut book for B.A. Wolfe and since I heard that it was such a touching story. I admit I am a big cry baby anyway, so tears usually come, but I wasn’t prepared for such a beautiful, emotional story (*wiping eyes*)! She did a FABLOUS job!
Tina- I know, Stacia, I had no idea what to expect either. As far as debut books go, Away, exceeded my expectations. B.A. Wolfe touched on all of my emotions with this one! I was hooked when I found out there was a cowboy in it, but I had no idea that I was going to fall in love with this cowboy and the story that went along with him!
Stacia- I agree; I fell for Jason (Jase) from the start. He had that sexy, cowboy, southern gentleman, hero complex that I just love! Cassandra (Cassie) was also a likeable character. I understand her dilemma, wanting to run from her “life” and from parents that had extreme expectations for her.
Tina- Jason was as swoonworthy as a cowboy can be. He was super handsome, so laid back and calm and romantic as all get out. He had such a pure and humbling way of looking at situations and it was definitely refreshing. As for Cassie, I felt like she was a relatable girl. The poor thing was dealt a pretty crappy hand and was doing what she needed to do to deal with it all, but yet she was able to be endearing and funny too. Put Cassie and Jase together, and it was like solving a puzzle. They both completed each other…they needed each other in so many ways even if they didn’t realize it right away. She made him smile and really live again and he made her feel loved and wanted.
Stacia- The way Jase treated Cassie, like she was the most special person in the world, was the sweetest thing ever. I loved how he made her stop and appreciate the little things in life and stop stressing over everything that she couldn’t control.
“If you wait for the right time for anything, it will always be too late,” he said quietly as he motioned with his head for me to walk back to him. “Come here.”
I also loved the supporting characters Moose and Melanie: Moose was a kind-hearted, sweet guy, that became such a strong shoulder to lean on and her best friend Mel was so quirky, sarcastic, and ready to beat down anyone that wronged Cassie. I loved her.
Tina- Jase was just such a special guy. When he stopped the truck at the red light and took Cassie’s hand and they danced at the intersection, I was hooked. It was so romantic and thoughtful and I know it had Cassie shaking in her boots! I agree about Moose and Mel. They were both the perfect friends to have in your corner. They would have your back no matter what! I also loved Trish, Jase’s mom. Cassie and Trish had many emotional heart to heart conversations that I found to be heartwarming. Trish was exactly the motherly figure that Cassie needed in her life!
Stacia- Thankfully this book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger or leave you waiting or wanting more. It can be a stand-alone book, but I personally would LOVE for Moose and Mel to get their own books. B.A. Wolfe is definitely an author to keep your eye on. She knows how to write a book that had me running through every emotion and made me want to learn to enjoy the simple things in life!!
Tina- I heard a rumor that this is not the last time we will be hearing from Mel and Moose! I think B.A. Wolfe needs to get to work and bring us some more emotional rollercoaster books! This book definitely had a message to it and I hope people give the book a chance so that they can appreciate it. Everyone should slow down and “feel the grass between their toes!”
“You left. It scared me,” I told him, embarrassed by my fear of being alone in this dark, vacant library.
“I’m right here.” He reached out his hand. At the same time I grabbed his hand, a loud rumble of thunder roared through the old building making everything in my body tense. I screamed like a little girl and all but jumped into Jason’s arms.
“You’re okay. I’ve got you,” he whispered into my ear as I clung onto him. His hands slid down my back to my waist, soothing me from the thunder’s jolt.
The candle in the aisle next to us did little to break the darkness that surrounded us, but I could clearly see his eyes. I would always be able to see those eyes. They pierced mine as my hands leisurely moved up his chest and around his neck. He slowly took a step closer, moving us so that my back was now against the bookshelf. His hands left my waist to rest on the shelf behind me. My chest was rising and falling as quickly as his was, and it was as though our bodies were in sync. I could tell we both were feeling everything. Every butterfly that fluttered in our stomachs, every breath exhaled and inhaled, and every bit of self-control lost the longer our bodies held this position.
I couldn’t help but lick my lips. I wanted his on mine badly, they needed the taste of Jason on them again. It was as if the storm now raged inside of us, ready to be unleashed. Another loud roar of thunder around us, and then, there it was. A growl escaped Jason as I bowed my back to take a tighter hold of him. His eyes watched as my teeth captured my bottom lip, and his lips immediately found mine. For a split second, a crash of lightning appeared, lighting up the row around us. Our tongues immediately intertwined, kissing frantically as though it was our first kiss.
I slid my hands from around his neck, and up his arms, until I reached his hands, placing mine inside his. He gripped them tightly as he pulled his lips from mine and began softly placing kisses down my neck into the curve of my shoulder. I let out a soft moan, loving the feel of his wet lips against my skin. His grip tightened as his body pressed harder against mine, and his teeth bit down softly on my ear. I wanted to melt into a puddle right here on the floor. Turning my head toward him, my lips were ready to taste more of him. I kissed him and then like something fierce had stricken inside me, I bit his bottom lip. His answering growl made every pulse in my body race. I trailed my lips down his neck but enjoyed the feel of his scruff against my soft cheek first. When I got to his neck, he moved back slightly. With my hands still gripped tightly in his, I was stuck, unable to continue kissing his neck.
“This isn’t funny,” I said, my voice husky.
He leaned closer, his hold still firm on my hands. “Cassandra, I don’t know if I’ll have the ability to stop, so I have to keep your hands locked in mine where they’re safe.”
I slowly shook my head. “I don’t want to beg for this. I have never wanted anything more in my life. I’m giving this to you, and I want you to take it and never give it back. I want you, Jason.”