It was a bad idea from the beginning.
He was my brother’s best friend and the definition of unavailable.
But I didn’t care.
I had loved him for as long as I could remember.
He was worth the risk. He was worth everything.
But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him. He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn’t there to catch me.
So I ran.
Four years later, I never expected to see him again.
He was still my brother’s best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever.
He looked every bit the bad boy I knew he was, covered in tattoos and a crooked smile.
Guarding my heart from him was top priority because Parker James was where good girls go to die.
Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t a good girl anymore.
When Parker finally walked in the door, I could feel the darkness that surrounded him.
He set his keys down on the counter and stared at me from across the room.
“You’re still here.” His voice was soft and just hearing it seemed to calm some of my anxiety.
“I told you I would be.”
He nodded his head, but I could see how lost he was in his eyes.
“Are you okay?”
He shook his head and looked away from me.
“I’m just tired. I’m going to jump in the shower. Okay?”
I nodded my head and he made his way up the stairs without a backward glance.
As I watched his back disappear up the stairs, my chest ached. He was hurting. It was clear to see it, but I didn’t know how to make it better. I didn’t know how to make him let me back in.
I walked up the stairs and I heard the shower kick on as I entered his room. He had left the door cracked open, and even though I knew I was invading his privacy, I stood at the door and watched him. His forehead pressed against the shower wall, the cascade of water raining down on him.
I stripped my clothes off until I was completely bare, and I stepped into the shower behind him. He didn’t lift his head when he heard the shower door, but I watched the muscles of his back tense.
“Livy, what are you doing?”
“Parker, please.” I ran my hands down his back before pressing my chest against him.
“I’m sorry, Livy. I’m just fucked up in my head right now. I just need… I don’t know. I need to be alone.”
“Let me help you,” I whispered before I pressed my lips against his back.
He shook his head, water flying around him. “I’m just so mad at myself. I’m so fucking angry.” He slammed his fist against the shower wall, and I wrapped my arms around his chest.
“Take it out on me, Parker. Let me help you let go.”
He turned toward me, finally looking me in the eyes. “I love you, Livy.”
“I know,” I nodded my head, “but fuck me like you don’t.”
Review by Sheena
Well firstly can I take a moment to mention that in a world stacked full of books the title of this book successfully caught my attention I truly was intrigued to know where good girls would go to die?…… this is a second chance bad boy and, for that matter, bad girl romance….and I loved it….emotionally charged and filled with humour I felt sadness, happiness and anger as I became totally involved in the lives of Parker and Liv….
Told from the two main characters point of view, the story moves swiftly between the past and present..sometimes this can effect the flow of the narrative but on this occasion it provided an insight into how the current complex relationship between the two had evolved without the need for overlong explanations…
Parker James has got to be one of the sexiest men I have had the pleasure of getting to know a perfect combination of hot, protective, funny and a gentleman with tats….swoon…I loved the connection between him and Liv who was so smart and sassy not to mention the bromance and banter between Parker and his best friends…all of the characters were well written, believable and I would love to read more about all of them…..
The only gripe I had was the one I always have with this genre and that is how can two people who are clearly so perfect for each other be so obtuse and mess everything up so badly….on more than one occasion I wanted to shake some sense into them… but I suppose if there wasn’t any angst the story would be a helluva lot shorter and less interesting….
This was a great book…bittersweet, funny, romantic and sexy in good measure…I am so looking forward to reading more in this series……This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads..
Review by Cheryl
This was a fast paced story filled with angst, secrets, lies & heartbreak it’s no sunshine walk in the park romance that’s for sure but trust me it’s well worth the read.
I love a good second chance romance, this one was slightly different than your other stereotypical type which made it all the more interesting. I loved Liv and Parker together their story was passionate and intense I was routing for them to get together.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I’m now off to check out the authors other work.