Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 17th, 2013
In the past, I’ve always been given everything I’ve wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I’ve experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It’s the one thing that can’t be bought. It can’t be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway.
Not until him.
Music is the center of both of our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.
I lost myself in more ways than I can count.
The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me.
And now that he has me, I have to wonder if he’ll stay around long enough to catch me.
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Although this book started out pretty slow for me, the story was beautifully written. Claire Contreras touches on some heavy subjects, which makes for a dark story at times.
Brooklyn is the daughter of a successful and powerful family, who wants to branch out on her own. She often feels worthless, ugly, guilty, and rejected; a lot of these feelings stem from the way she was raised and how her parents treat her. Brooklyn longs to be accepted for what she can do, instead of who she is. She is a very emotional person, who suffers from depression due to a devastating tragedy.
Nick is a sexy-ass producer who connects with Brooklyn from the first time their eyes meet. They seem to dance around the subject that they are clearly attracted to each other and we spend a lot time waiting for them to give in. Nick is uber confident and knows he wants Brooklyn; the things he says to her are so swoon-worthy.
“I’m selfish and I don’t want to make anybody feel the way you make me feel. Because I want those big green eyes to only light up when you look at me. Because. I. Need. You.”
As I stated above, this book did take a while to pick up and then I felt that it ended kind of abruptly. I felt like we spent a lot of time getting to know the supporting characters (her brother, her cousin, and her best friend), but that we didn’t know a whole lot about Nick and his background. I honestly felt more of a connection to her best friend Shea, because we knew much more about him. My favorite line in the book came from her cousin Nina, who really tells it like it is, and I would love to get it tattooed somewhere!
“Women want three things. Three simple things: keep your dick in your pants. Be honest with us. Worship us. That’s it. That’s all.”
“Why don’t you wear a ring?” His whisper is loud in my ears and I’m so surprised by it that I turn my head to look around the room, eyes wide. I see him chuckle, but I don’t hear it, so I assume anything he says into the microphone is only heard by me.
I frown, not understanding his question, but I’m scared to ask because I don’t know how loud I’ll sound. I don’t want to wake up Shea.
Nick clicks the button again and runs the tips of his pointer down my hand slowly, making my breath hitch as he slides it up and down my ring finger.
“A ring, why don’t you wear one?” he repeats, his eyes losing their playfulness the longer he looks into mine.
I open my mouth and close it, suddenly understanding why he would think that I would be married. I move my hands from under his and take the earphones off, untangling the cord from my hair.
“I’m not married,” I respond, still trying to rid myself of the earphones.
He leans in and holds them, helping me take it out of my hair. “I thought you were… I heard you were … I heard somebody call you Mrs. Harmon this morning. And then yesterday in the street…”
I smile at the memory. “So what? You actively pursue married women?”
Nick presses his lips together to contain a smile. “Only the really beautiful ones that I can’t stop thinking about.”
I shake my head, still smiling. “How’s Stephanie?”
Boom. Okay, so that’s probably not exactly what I should’ve said, but damn him if he thinks he’s going to use me the same way guys apparently want to use me. I’m so sick of being second to everybody.
About the Author:
Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.
Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.
She has been described as random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.
Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones or ones that will scare the daylights out of her and have her looking over shoulder at every turn. Like I said, she’s very random.