One night changed my life forever.
Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.
I haven’t told anyone.
I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.
Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.
I’ve been hurt.
I’ve been saved.
And I’ve found hope.
I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…
Just A Tease
“I’m sorry. I’m just out of it, I guess,” he says, standing in front of me. “But no one is taking you home except me.” He brings his lips to mine, sucking on my lower one just long enough to drive my whole body completely insane. He pulls back with a wicked grin on his face. “Plus, if I drive you home, it gives me an excuse to do that one more time.”
“Just one more time?”
He closes the distance between us again, placing his large hands over my cheeks. “I’ll kiss you as often as you want. All you have to do is ask.”
“Kiss me,” I whisper, watching his lips shorten the distance to mine.
“Are you asking or are you telling?” he asks. His mouth is so close that his warm breath caresses my lips as our chests touch.
“I’m telling you,” I say, swallowing hard.
He moves even closer. I swear I almost feel his lips on mine…a mere whisper away. “And what if I don’t kiss you right now?” he asks, staring into my eyes so fiercely that I see my eyes reflected in his.
I don’t know if this is a trend but this is a tough book.
Kate is 16 when she goes to a party and is raped, from there her life drastically changes. She becomes a shell of the girl she was that night, she believes herself to be broken & dirty. For 2 years she keeps everyone away including Beau her best friend who has been there for her since she was 5. They have graduated high school & Beau is getting ready to leave for college which she believes he needs to do because he needs to find a life outside her because she isn’t worthy of him. He thinks otherwise not knowing what is really going on with her, he tells her he is going to wait.
Kate works at a diner & in walks Asher, he doesn’t speak to her but he goes back k the next day & challenges her to show him around town. For some reason she is drawn to him, but is cautious about being with him. Asher has his own secrets so they decide to trade fact for fact about each other to gain trust. During her time with Asher she starts to open up and regain some of herself that was taken away from her.
This is an amazing book. I know that it is hard to read & considered slow at the beginning but it is all necessary to show the pain she is living in & the life that was taken away from her. It also shows what she ha to work through to be happy again. I don’t want to spoil the ending but for me I love the way it turns out! I will give a warning this is a very emotional book & may cause tears.
I give this book a 5 stars!
Lisa De Jong is a wife, mother and full-time number cruncher who lives in the Midwest. Her writing journey involved insane amounts of coffee and many nights of very little sleep but she wouldn’t change a thing. She also enjoys reading, football and music.
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