on December 14th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
I tried hard not to fall for the bad guy.
My new roommate, Blake, is a jerk—an unemployed artist with a chip on his shoulder. I can’t stand him unless his hands are on me. He makes me desperate for him, and everything he makes me feel.
And then there’s my new boss, Pierce--successful, charming, and extremely good-looking. He goes after what he wants, but what does he see in me?
I try to stay away, but I end up in the arms of exactly who I was hiding from. And when I find out what’s being hidden from me, my heart twists in ways it never should.
I thought I knew him.
The way he kissed me.
The way his hands traveled every inch of my skin.
I thought it meant something, but as it turns out, it was all lies unspoken.
What happens to your life when the man you have dated in high school, all through college and are only a few days away from marrying, decides that the love he has for you isn’t enough to keep you together forever. How do you move past that and how do you get your life back on track?
For Lila the answer is to leave the one place she has lived her whole life. This is the only way she can escape all of the memories of her and Derek together. She’s looking for a fresh start, a new beginning and Chicago seems like just the place. It works out perfect, especially when her friend, who is out of the country for awhile, offers her apartment as a place to stay. What she doesn’t expect is to have to deal with Mallory’s “bad boy” asshole of a brother, Blake.
“I want to fuck you so good that you’ll be begging me to fuck you again. Then tomorrow, I’ll do it all over so you don’t forget how good my cock feels buried inside of you.”
The sexual tension between Lila and Blake is almost instant. He clearly wants Lila, but is fighting the attraction every step of the way. Blake is obviously hiding something and this might explain why he’s such as ass. A sexy domineering ass, but an ass no less! Even still I couldn’t hate Blake. I found the caring and protective sides to him, to be very sweet. But he is the definition of a broken man. It’s clear that he has feelings for Lila but he is fighting them, because of his own demons. Instead he chooses to push her away… right into the arms of another.
“No one ever said love was easy. If it were, it wouldn’t be worth it.”
Then there is Pierce Steele, whom Lila met on the plane ride over to Chicago. He offers her an apprentice at his firm, but he clearly wants more from her. I don’t know, but there was just something about his guy that seemed too good to be true for me. I felt like in the beginning, the Pierce storyline was a little too “Fifty Shades of Grey” for me. Also, the way that he met Lila was on a plane ride… She didn’t have the money to fly first class and I just can’t believe that a man with his statue and money would be flying coach or even commercial. I would think he’d have his own private plane. Even still, Pierce is that perfect rich, alpha book boyfriend we all look for, but he also has secrets.
“Love comes in many forms, and once you feel it for someone, I don’t think it’s possible to ever completely let it go. It lingers in its most simple state, taking a permanent place in your heart.”
Overall this was an enjoyable read. I wouldn’t say that it is a love triangle storyline per se even though there are two men that Lila must choose from, she pretty clearly makes her choice early on- it’s his secrets that drive her into the arms of the other man. Warning- this story ends in a semi-cliffhanger. The 2nd book in the series will be out in the Spring of 2015.