Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2019
So, I have some mixed emotions with this one. On one hand it’s a super sweet easy read about true love triumphing overall, but it felt very rushed. It’s seems to jump through things rather quickly it’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you want just a quick romance. I tend to want a little bit more in my stories. I enjoyed it for what it was, but I felt it could be so much more.
The slightest pressure against my palm has me looking down. My heart leaps into the sky when I realize he’s holding me in return.
Grady is this brooding character who’s been through some really terrible things that leaves him closed off. But since the day he met Sutton he’s been in love with her. However, he’s also best friends with her brother and because he grew up with less than reputable parent’s he doesn’t feel worthy of her. All fine but the issue I have is he ignores her for 4 year’s when she goes away to college. He stops going to her parents’ house for dinners and such. Then she comes back something happens and boom he’s all swoony and want’s to be with her. Again, all fine, except immediately he tells her brother and like a week later he tells her parents. It’s hyper speed when he all but felt unworthy of her for the last decade they’ve known each other.
Sutton was kind of lost on me character wise. I couldn’t really get a feel for who she was other than her love for Grady. She went to college came home and works in media marketing that’s legit all I got.
But the hole in my black heart is bigger than ever. Sutton would heal all the broken parts. If only I let her.
I love this author and would 100% read anything she writes; I just felt this one was rushed. It was an easy read with all the romance you could want, but there wasn’t much depth. If you’re in the mood for something light and fun than this is the story for you. The writing is great, and Grady is absolutely delicious he will melt your heart into a puddle on the floor. It was also amazing seeing Braelyn, Ollie and Brance again I missed them!!
“Tell me a happy something, Sutton.”
I was only seven the first time Grady Bowen whispered those words to me. Cloaked by the black sky under a blanket of stars, it was easy to get lost. He didn’t have any good memories of his own, and needed to borrow mine. I’d willingly give him anything.
Being infatuated with that boy was a beautiful curse. What could have been special didn’t get the chance to bloom. He’d never see me as more than his best friend’s kid sister. That was a hard lesson to learn, but not the most difficult.
Grady had always been struggling against the odds. Eventually he quit fighting and let his family’s reputation own him. Try as I might, those influences were beyond my reach.
He didn’t mean to break my heart. Or maybe he did. I shouldn’t have made it so easy for him. Either way, our wrongs against each other carved new lines between us.
I went four years without seeing Grady—each one more painful than the last. That distance did nothing to dull my feelings toward him. But things are different now. Most noticeably is Grady. I barely recognize this man he’s become. And that’s the way he intends to keep it. Not that it really matters.
Grady Bowen stopped being my happy something long ago.
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I take a closer inspection of this swoony charmer. Not an ounce of deceit registers in his expression. There’s no stony edge blocking his emerald stare. His ironclad guard is nonexistent. Zero inhibitions block the sliver of space between us. Everything is on display for me to see. I should be the one to stop this. He’s obviously not in his normal state and under the influence of hefty narcotics.
Who the hell am I kidding? Basking in a rare smile from Grady is a gift I won’t take for granted. Appreciating from a safe distance will be the true challenge. I test my willpower by trying to evade the sneaky fingers inching up my thigh. But our skin is magnetized and moving is impossible. The golden specks in his eyes glitter at my failed attempt. Yep, he’s onto me. I’m a goner.
As if there was another option.
The itch to comb through his shaggy hair tickles my fingertips. Would he lean into my embrace if I cupped his jaw? The tiniest bit of resolve stops me from acting on those impulses. But it doesn’t stop my brain from working overtime.
I wonder if anyone else has seen this side of him. The romantic in me wants to believe I’m the first, and hopefully only. I shove the fanciful notion aside. “Well, you sure seem to be in a great mood.”
That luscious bottom lip gets trapped between his teeth. I’d love to take a bite. As if hearing my thoughts, Grady rolls toward me. “Abso-fucking-lutely. Why wouldn’t I be? I have a gorgeous woman within reach, ready to take care of my aches and pains.”
This time I really do choke on my tongue. “W-what?”
The hand he has on my leg drifts higher. “You sound shocked, Sutt.”
How could I not be? “That’s an understatement.”
“Stay with me,” Grady croons.
“For the night?”
“For always.” His gaze is smoldering. Damn, he’s sexy. And irresistible. I’m liable to straddle his lap and offer him everything. But the chains of our past hold me hostage. I can’t fall victim so easily.
“Why now, Gray?” Whatever painkillers he’s on are proving to be an effective truth serum. I might as well use it to my advantage.
His blink is slow. “I miss the peace, Sutt. My slice of goodness.”
Harloe Rae is a USA Today & Amazon Top 10 bestselling author. Her passion for writing and reading has taken on a whole new meaning. Each day is an unforgettable adventure.
Harloe is a Minnesota gal with a serious addiction to romance. She’s always chasing an epic happily ever after. When she’s not buried in the writing cave, Harloe can be found hanging with her hubby and son. If the weather permits, she loves being lakeside or out in the country with her horses.
Harloe is the author of the Reclusive series, Watch Me Follow, #BitterSweetHeat Series, Ask Me Why, and BREAKER. These titles are available on Amazon.
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