I knew from the moment I first saw him he was the one. The only boy I could ever want.
The only boy I could ever love.
The only boy I could ever love.
They say he’s bad for me.
But I know he’s not.
Until the day he rejects me.
And breaks my heart.
Everything changes in the blink of an eye. My entire life as I’ve known it is…gone. Secrets are revealed. Promises once made are irrevocably broken. There’s no way my family can get back to what we once were.
So when Nicholas Fairfield walks back into my life like he never left it, I’m furious. Thrilled. Irritated. Excited.
Despite my confusion, I want to be with him. I love him. But danger lurks where we least expect it. Someone will do whatever it takes to tear us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.Because Nick Fairfield? He’s mine.
“He probably hates that you’re staying the night, but he’ll get over it.” I take a step toward him and pat him on the shoulder, marveling at the solid feel of muscle beneath my palm, beneath the thick fabric of his sweatshirt. Has he gotten taller since the last time I saw him? Broader? He’s so big, standing next to him makes me feel small. “Do you need anything else?” I remove my hand from his shoulder, wishing I could touch him more.
“Nah. I’m gonna change, brush my teeth and go to sleep.” He smiles, looking cute, like a little boy and my heart flutters. When he reaches for the hem of his sweatshirt I step away, watch in silent fascination as he pulls the fabric over his head, taking the T-shirt he’s wearing beneath it upward so I catch a glimpse of his flat, perfect stomach, the little trail of dark hair that starts just under his navel.
I’m breathless, my skin is tingling and when he tosses the sweatshirt onto the couch, I start to walk backwards. “Okay well, good night.” I need to get away from him before I do something really stupid.
Like jump him.
“Night, Reverie,” he calls after me as I hurry to my bedroom. Glancing over my shoulder, I find him watching me with that penetrating, thoughtful gaze and I turn away, practically tripping over my feet in the hall. I rush into my room, shutting the door quietly before I slump against it, closing my eyes and pressing my forehead against the rough wood.
My feelings for him haven’t stopped. I still want him. I’m still in love with him. So why am I denying myself from being with him? Because I’ve changed and I’m worried he won’t accept me for who I really am? And because my life is so crazy the last thing I need is another complication to muck it all up?
Valid reasons, but why would I deprive myself from being with him? He’s the only one who understood me. Who listened to me. Who cared about me.
I think he still does.
Cracking open my eyes, I push away from the doorway and shut off the light before I crawl into bed. I lay there in the dark, listening to him move about inside the bathroom, which is right next to my bedroom. He finishes brushing his teeth before he exits the room and I swear I can feel him standing on the other side of my closed door, waiting. Listening for any sign of life coming from within.
I can’t move. I’m frozen, holding my breath, waiting for him to knock on the door, to turn the knob, anything to show that he wants to see me. I want him to both respect my brother’s wishes and defy them. I want him overcome with need yet cautious. I want…everything.
All of him.
Disappointment crashes through me when I realize he is definitely obeying Evan’s wishes. He doesn’t sneak into my room, doesn’t attempt to talk to me, nothing. I should be happy. Pleased that he doesn’t want to upset anyone.
Instead, I’m sad.
Rolling over on my side, I punch the pillow beneath my head and settle in for the night, willing myself to fall asleep. I get to spend pretty much the entire weekend with him. Maybe we can work it out then since we’ll have plenty of time. But for now I’ll have to settle for Nick visiting me…
Only in my dreams.
~Review by Vanessa~
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book! Especially after the way the last one ended, I needed to know what was going to become of Reverie and Nick. So if you have read the last book you know that Nick and Reverie have had some trouble; her with her family and Nick with the law. Rev’s family was being investigated for stealing money from their church community and using it as their personal gain. He was a suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend who just happened to be blackmailing them. On the night she was supposed to meet him she ends up being found murdered in the front of her apartment and Nick is the number one suspect. Looks really bad right? However we as the readers know that Nick was with Reverie that night and she can be his alibi if only he wasn’t so afraid of keeping her out of trouble so he gets arrested and that was half the breaking point for the two. The other half was on Rev’s side because after all of the things going on with her family, they up and leave that next day to go back home away from their summer house, completely finishing these two off. Flash forward a couple months and Rev and Nick have lost touch; Nick has tried to call and text but Rev has had to give her phone up to the feds and is now living with her brother to get away from her parents. Nick wants answers as to why she didn’t message him back or why she hasn’t reached out but he knows he messed up and just needs her back. Rev has had some serious life changes and is done being the little naïve girl she once was. Nick broke her heart not wanting to be seen while in jail and with her parents and what they did she’s feeling so much guilt she tries to transform herself into a bad girl; with her grades dropping and her new friends Rev just wants to be someone different. This doesn’t last long because her brother lets her know she needs to clean up her act and change so she gets a job as a waitress and that’s where Nick finds her. This is all I am going to say because you’ll need to read it for all the juicy details I left out but it’s a great read. I recommend this series. I hope she does a book about the brother that would be nice.
~About the Author~
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.
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