Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It's been six years since she's seen her brother's best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it's time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can't resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he's begging to be saved from his demons - the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly's judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?
©2014 A.L. Jackson (P)2014 Tantor
I like Aly's relationship with Jared when they were growing up. How she always loves him, even when she was young.
The concept of this story is not something new but it was beautifully written. This story is about second chance. I could feel Jared's guilt and heartache. I was so sad for his lost but also how he blamed himself. I could feel the chemistry and love between Jared and Aly. I thought the relationship they had growing up was very special. Made me wish that I have someone like Jared growing up; someone who always be there for me and stood up for me.
I look forward to the next book. I hope that Jared learns to let go of the past and guilt.
Yes. The story is beautiful.
A. L. Jackson's writing style. Characters are well developed and realistic. The story sucks you in right from the beginning.
This is my first audiobook, so it seemed awkward to have a voice for the characters that wasn't what I would have imagined that they sounded like in my head. The narrators sounded older than what I would have imagined for the characters in their early twenties. The male narrator also made me laugh every time he did the softer "female" voice. It was hard to take seriously when you started laughing at emotional points. However, as my first audiobook, I don't have any other frame of reference.
Very emotional throughout the book, at times too much so. Their first big argument, as well as the night they first slept together were moving. Jared could be a bit too dramatic in his self-hate for me at times also.
Beautiful story! A. L. Jackson has a way of writing stories that are beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. Brace yourself for an emotional read.
That being said, I absolutely love a forbidden love story! Jared has returned to town 6 years after a tragic accident tears his family and his world apart. Allie, his best friend's little sister has loved him since she was a child. She's not a child any longer...and I'm sure you can see where this is leading.
She wants to heal him. He doesn't think that he's worthy of love or happiness, blaming himself for the death of his mother. Jared carries a LOT of guilt around. Seriously, this guy needs a good therapist. At times, his self-punishing, "I don't deserve to be happy," attitude was a bit too much and got on my nerves. Come on Eeyore! Quit being such a downer!
All in all, I liked this story a lot. I'm starting book 2 now. Hopefully, Jared will pep up a little. ;)
The build up took entirely too long and by the time you got to the issue bam the book is over really. 10 hrs of this and this is how it ends GAHHH. I guess my expectaions were too high and I wanted more. Not for sure as of right now how I really feel about reading book 2 when it comes out.
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