Bailey was swept off her feet instantly with his charm and charisma. Six short months of dating, she finds herself moving in with him. The minute she had her bags unpacked, the fun loving romantic she fell hard for was starting to dwindle away as he became unnecessarily possessive and borderline abusive. Bailey insists on making her relationship work in fear of repeating her past and making a haste decision by leaving too soon. On a weekend when Hollister is out of town, she meets a guy. A beautiful charming guy whom she feels an obvious attraction for, but also a unique connection with. The beautiful charming guy is none other than her running partner’s brother. Bailey finds herself in an oddly nice predicament.
The beautiful charming guy is none other than her running partner’s brother. Talon McAllister has chosen to dedicate himself to his family’s business his entire adult life. He adores his parents and his sister and hockey. Not leaving much time for anything else he has been single for years. Meeting Bailey Hayes changed his outlook. He wants her. He will do whatever he has to do to get her on the same page.
Finding out she lives with her boyfriend deters him from his mission of getting her to be his. But when she calls and asks to tag along on his vacation with his sister, he can’t help but get excited. When he picks her up and sees her bruised and battered face he figures “game over” he is going to show her how she deserves to be treated. By the end of their first day together alone, Bailey propositions Talon with a brief relationship without boundaries and no lines to cross. He’s in… all in.
Will this brief encounter without boundaries relinquish her twisted sense of loyalty to Hollister or will she walk away from her greatest love for fear of repeating her past?
If I was as committed to the relationship as I should be then I definitely wouldn’t be having these thoughts of Talon that I am having. What am I going to do? Forgetting about Talon would be a good start. Yeah, that’s not going to be so easy to do though. Man, I wish Hollister was the same man I fell in love with; that would make this situation so much easier.
★★★★★I continue to be blown away by these amazing debut novels! Ms. Azevedo does a fantastic job of catching your attention from the very beginning as we're introduced to Bailey and her controlling & manipulative boyfriend, Hollister. The subject matter takes on a serious tone when it becomes clear that not only is Hollister extremely domineering but he becomes abusive as well. The way in which Bailey was portrayed really helps the reader get inside the mind of an abuse victim & understand their thought process when they decide to give their loved one another chance, even though we as the reader are screaming for them to leave as soon & fast as possible.
Talon, bless his little heart, is an absolute gem for sticking around & waiting for Bailey to come to her senses and deal with her personal issues. He truly is one of a kind and quite possibly the sweetest man in existence…fictionally speaking. He is exactly what book boyfriends should aspire to be. I only wish that her friends had stepped in a little more. While they were definitely supportive and patient with Bailey, they didn't force their way in enough. But they were there for her nonetheless, in good and bad times.
I found this one pretty hard to put down. This is the kind of story you will get lost in for hours and then before you know it you're done. I have to warn you though, the last 15% is an emotional roller coaster. So make sure you have your tissues handy b/c you will need them! If Ms. Azevedo's debut novel is this good, I can't wait to see what else she comes out with.
About the Author:
CJ has lived all over the state of California, Central, South, North and finally landing back somewhere in the middle. She married the boy she fell for when she was only eleven years old and together they have two beautiful heathens. CJ obviously loves to read and write. She can watch the Giant’s play baseball but hates football. She bakes when she’s sad, runs when she’s mad and dances when she’s happy (even if she can’t find a rhythm to save her life) If you’re looking for her and can’t seem to find her, look on the staircase, it’s her favorite spot to read.