When your past threatens to destroy your future; how long will you hang on before Letting Go?
Cassidy Charles is picking up the pieces of her life after another terrible tragedy. The last thing she's looking for is love. James bursting back into her life is the last thing she expected, but possibly everything she needs. She can’t deny the attraction, but can she get past the fact that he may be the reason she’s lost so much? He opens up a whole new world to her that she’s only dreamed about and that she easily falls into. As a result, her relationship with him reveals secrets from her past she thought were long forgotten.
James Benedict III, local playboy and successful real estate investor hasn’t stopped thinking about her since that fateful night all those months ago. He has her back in his life, but for how long? Forever if he has anything to say about it. As more and more secrets from her past are revealed, his own demons and tragedies loom overhead threatening to destroy everything he's built and done for her. He wants her in his life, but because of him her world comes tumbling down, again.
Will they discover that the love they have is strong enough to survive everything and everyone trying to tear them apart before it’s too late?
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About the Author:
I've dreamed of writing romance novels since I was little. After having baby #4, who may or may not have been fathered by Christian Grey, I decided it was time to pursue my dreams.
When I'm not volunteering at the schools of my children, running to various appointments, enjoying time with my friends and my book club, dating my husband, or avoiding cleaning my house, I'm writing!
I love music and believe that books and music can't exist without the other. My goal is for you to read more than a good book, but for you to have an experience!
I slowly came to before the sun made its arrival. Slowly, everything from the night before came back to me. His arm was around me as he cradled me to his chest. The warmth was almost insufferable. I turned my head to find he was dead asleep. I was suddenly overcome with panic and decided I had to get out of there. I crept out of the hold of his stellar body and got off the bed with ease. I didn’t want to risk waking him so I just grabbed my dress and shoes and made my way out of his room and down the stairs. I found my purse on the kitchen island and headed for the door.
I nearly screamed I was so startled. I rushed to the door, opened it and tip toed thru it just for it to slam shut. I ran full force down the hall in nothing but his t-shirt with my arms full of my dress, shoes and purse. I fumbled with my key and finally got into my room. My door closed and I swore I heard another, “Cassidy!” booming down the hall.
“Shit, shit, shit.” Why was I running from him?
I threw my dress and shoes to the floor and sank down the door. My knees were pulled to my chest while I rested my head on them and then I felt my door shake like there was a gorilla pounding on it. Bang, bang, bang! My entire body vibrated against the force of him hitting the door.
“Cassidy, I know you’re in there. Please open up.”
I pushed myself up the door and sighed. I didn’t know what to say to him. “Go away!”
“Cassidy Charles open this door. You can’t run from me forever.”
“Yes I can!” This was ridiculous. We were acting like twelve year olds.
“Don’t make me call hotel security! You let me in or I’ll let myself in.”
He wouldn’t dare, would he? I decided to face him. I opened the door yelling at him, “You wouldn’t dare!”
He was on me instantly. I didn’t even have a moment to take in his appearance. His arms were around my back as he lifted me off the floor. He set me on the kitchen island.
“Why did you leave? You scared me.” He was holding my face in his hands. “Cassidy, look at me. You can’t deny the attraction between us. It was there all those months ago and it’s still here.”
There was so much emotion surrounding my thoughts and feelings for him. I was attracted to him like a fish to water the first time I saw him and still was. Then it all went to shit in one night. I looked in his eyes and saw that they were full of concern.
“I’m scared of what I feel when I’m around you. You scare the hell out of me.” He looked stricken and dropped his hands from my face. “Not afraid of you, afraid of this,” I waved my hand between us. “I’ve never been so drawn to someone. You left me that horrible night without a word. I didn’t know what to think. Then you were arrested and I couldn’t process it.”
He pulled me to him and started talking into my hair. “Baby, I didn’t leave you that night. I never wanted to leave you. I came back with our coffee and I saw you with a cop. He was holding you and I got the wrong impression.”
“Wait, what?! Calvin, you thought I was with…” Now I was crying and laughing at the same time. “Calvin is my brother.” I pushed away from him just enough to look at him.
He wiped my tears and said, “I know, I found out a few days later when they were questioning me.” He must have felt me stiffen. “Cassidy, the charges were dropped. You know that right?” I nodded my answer and he embraced me again. “I promise you I had nothing to do with what happened that night.”
“I spent months trying to hate you so I could get over you, but I couldn’t and I never even had you.”
“Baby, you had me, you have me still. Last night was just confirmation Cassidy.”
My Review: 5 stars
I was so not prepared for the intensity of this book. Damn! James was an enigma at the beginning of the book, there one minute, gone the next. So damn sexy but almost unapproachable. Cassidy wanted him, but was already going out with someone else. She knew Dan wasn't the guy for her, but hadn't figured out how to let him go. Plus Cassidy didn't know if that sexy as sin, tall, God-like James was even interested in her or not. I've got to say, that I figured he was interested, because right off the bat he gave her a nickname: Blackbird. That's what he called her every time he saw her. I think from the beginning James knew that Cassidy would be his and his alone. He wanted her, there's no doubt about that. She wanted him, but didn't know what to do. Some truly awful things happened one night and there were months that went by without either one of them seeing the other. James was there for Cassidy when she lost so much, that tore her world apart. But then he was gone, and she didn't know what happened to him. It was as if he disappeared.
Then just as quickly, James and Cassidy's relationship started so fast, and they were just perfect for each other, in my opinion. I loved the whole storyline, definitely loved James and Cassidy together, because they were both miserable without the other. There were a lot of things that we found out from both of their pasts that were awful things and they learned how to deal with them together. James was so giving and caring to Cassidy and she turned out be be exactly what he needs. He turned out to be exactly what she needed as well. Gotta say, I wasn't expecting the BDSM at all, but damn if J.M. didn't write those scenes so well. They were hot and sexy, James had no problem taking control, likewise Cassidy learned that she liked to give up that control to James. I don't think it was over the top at all, more like BDSM light, in my opinion.
Like I said, this was some intense reading and I absolutely loved every page. The characters were all wonderfully written and made you feel for them, want more for them. The end of the book was perfect, then the eiplogue gives you some insight for the book that J.M. has planned for Jane. J.M. has me hooked, and I want to know what will happen next for James and Cassidy, but also for Jane and Cal. At the end of the book, it said that J.M. has three more books planned for this series and I want to read them all.
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