She was broken, lost and scared – and he was always her safe.
Scout had just came out from rehab, and she was thrown into Dane’s. Not exactly what she expected, but her brother was busy. She had always trusted him, she never felt more secure and safe than in his arms, it was only him who could fight all her nightmares away. She knew he wouldn’t hurt her, and no one, even her brother, could understand her the way he does. He had been through it, and survived it unscathed. She wished she could do it too. But, Dane is also the man she could never want. He is her brother’s best friend, and destroying their friendship because of something not sure would not be a good idea.
Dane can never say no to Atti, especially when it comes to Scout. So bringing Scout into his home for three weeks isn’t really something out of the ordinary. He had been taking care of her since then, but looking at her right now, all grown up and pretty – it will just stir up trouble, especially when he needed to put his hands off her. Is he strong enough to do it?
When two broken people who had too much baggage, too much history and too much issue find their way into each other’s arms – will it ever work? Will the risk be ever worth it?
They can’t be together – he was a manwhore who sleeps around and leave girls, and he was to valuable in her life for her to lose him. Dane’s fear was Atti – how can he possibly tell his best friend that he wanted his sister when all he ever asked him was to keep her safe and sober?
They were a bomb waiting to explode. And don’t hate me if I tell you, I was waiting for her to slip – after all, she had been slipping in the past. The darkness in her past was too much, and it was too painful for her to share to anyone else. She even couldn’t share it with Dane, which I really feel sad about. The fact that she felt safe around him, and he’s the only person she could trust and still she couldn’t tell him about that night.
I wasn’t really happy with Atti in this novel. He cares about his sister, enough to put her Dane’s care since he won’t be around much because he was too busy with his book. But he never asked her what happened, what drove her into to do it. I wish he took the time to be with his sister, and talk to her, I knew it would have helped her move on, and bring them closer to each other.
Scout had bottled it for a long time, and it was a surprise, when she finally asked for help. She tries her best to stay sober, to clean up her mess, and not to be tempted by Dane. But she had wanted him ever since that night, and ever since she was a kid. Question is – will she be ready to cross that line?
I love the both of them – two people who need much love in the world. No matter how they lacked it, and how they seem to be broken, they were already enough for each other. They were the perfect match, and I love watching them jump out and take the leap – well, more of some baby steps because none of them are ever ready to make that major leap with both eyes open, or close. It took one angry Atti, and a fatal accident for them to realize that they were done walking around their emotions.
This story is short, and I savored it in one sitting, unable to have myself to set it aside. Reading the blurb, I knew I’d love this part of the series, which thankfully could be read as a stand-alone. The sexual tension gave enough hit to spice up the romance, and the anticipation of the much-needed happy ending gave me all the reason to adore this novel!
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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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