Commitment. That’s what I really want from Colin. Ever since my brother, Danny, died in Iraq, Colin’s done so much to help me, including giving me a job at his popular restaurant so I can leave my crappy waitressing job at the strip joint. But lying in bed with him every night to comfort him from his horrible nightmares isn’t enough anymore. I know he feels guilty about Danny’s death, about not going to Iraq, but I can’t keep living this double life.
I love him desperately, but he’s got so many demons, and if he can’t open up to me now, then he’ll never be the real partner I need him to be. I gave him a month, and now I’m out of here. If he truly loves me like he says, he knows where to find me.
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2013 by Bantam
Genre: New Adult
* I received a copy of this book from Random House Publishing Group-Bantam Dell via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
This book started off with a bang. There was so much sexual tension and chemistry that I wanted to put a do not disturb sign on my door and power down my phone. I always enjoy it when there is a build up to a relationship because it makes it that much more powerful when it finally happens.
Jen and Colin have known each other for years. Colin was Jen's older brother Danny's best friend until he died fighting in Iraq two years ago. He has many regrets and demons but promised Danny he would look out for Jen and take care of her.
Jen has secrets of her own. Colin rescued her from the strip club she was working at after fleeing her parents home. He gives her a place to live and a job, a promise of friendship and security but her secrets still haunt her and seem to follow her.
Both have deep feelings for each other but both are afraid to admit it. They both feel like they are not good enough for the other and their secrets keep them apart. Even as Jen crawls into Colin's bed night after night to comfort him from the terrible nightmares that plague him, they won't admit their true feelings.
Although I was routing for the two of them to get together, it dragged on a little too long for my liking. There was so much talking in their heads about why they couldn't be together and why they weren't good enough that it got a little dull after a while. I wanted to reach inside the book and shake both of them. If I'm honest, it got a little annoying at times.
I did like the book and there are some pretty steamy, melt the pages parts to enjoy but I feel like the story would have been better served if it just a little bit shorter with a little less talking themselves out of being together. My rating would probably be much higher if it wasn't so repetitive. Having said that, I do think that most new adult contemporary romance fans will enjoy this book.
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