His heart was turned off…
Until she turned him on…
Christopher Moore gave up on the idea of love years ago. Now, his life is an endless string of parties and an even longer string of girls. Enjoying the physical perks with none of the emotional mess, he's convinced everyone that he's satisfied—everyone but himself.
Samantha Schultz has moved on with her life. Finishing her student teaching and living with her boyfriend, shes deluded herself into believing shes content. But there is one boy she never forgot—her first love—and she keeps the memory of him locked up tight. She will never allow any man to break her the way Christopher did.
When Christopher's sister and her family move into a new neighborhood, Christopher is completely unprepared to find Samantha living at the end of the street. Memories and unspent desires send them on collision course of sex, lies, and lust. But when guilt and fear send Samantha running, Christopher will have to fight for what has always been his.
And I knew I should run. Flee. Because I’d never been in greater danger than I was at that moment. His gorgeous face shifted from one dark expression to the next, his hair untamed, wild, as wild as the green eyes cutting me through as he jumped from the truck.
“Are you crazy?” I demanded against the wind, pounding my fist at my side, this man a raging contradiction.
Bitter laughter seeped from him while he glared across at me. “Crazy?”
Five excruciating seconds passed as we stood there, the storm gaining strength, gaining speed, beating at our senses. Before Christopher broke.
He closed the space in four long strides. Demanding fingers dove into my hair, pulling me flush against his body.
All defenses evaporated the second his mouth found mine. This wasn’t a sweet kiss. It was rough and angry, his tongue commanding. His teeth bit and nipped. Those flames licked and jumped, fueling the fire that years ago he had lit, and my tongue fought back, fighting a war I knew I’d lose.
Frantic, his hands roamed, cupping my neck, sliding down my shoulders and arms, thumbs flicking across my breasts. My nipples hardened, and a moan raced up my throat. Christopher groaned and swallowed it down then he gripped me by the hips.
He slammed my back up against hard, hot metal. Pinned to his truck, I gasped, his body towering, consuming, devouring me the exact way I knew he would. His erection strained against his tight, tight jeans, pressing between my thighs, pressing into my stomach. My body trembled with the idea of setting him free, the idea of what he’d feel like pulsing inside of me, taking me right here, in the dark against his truck.
He closed his mouth over my bottom lip, sucking it hard, a direct tether to my sex that clenched, begging for more.
“Fuck.” The word reverberated like a moan from deep within his chest, the urgency in his touch finally tugging at my common sense that had gone numb with the assault of his mouth.
And he felt familiar and right and totally, incredibly wrong, this man I didn’t even know, because I never really had.
He rocked against me, and all those little pleasured places inside of me cried out in tortured relief as my spine grated painfully against metal. My legs tightened their hold on his waist, my hands just as desperate to feel and remember as my heart. But another part of me screamed to stop. To remember.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Good lord this book was ANGSTY. Christopher and Samantha were high school sweethearts. They were only together for a couple months when tragedy strikes and he betrays her in the most awful way. They part ways without ever having talked about what happened.
Cut to 7 years later. Samantha is living with her boyfriend and Christopher's sister Ally moves into a house just down the street. The two reconnect and Samantha does her best to put the past behind her. Of course that doesn't work at all and the first time she sees Christopher, all hell breaks loose. Christopher is VERY angry and at first I thought he was a bit too angry. But it turns out neither of them has moved on from their awful break up and the past come barreling back into their lives.
My heart broke for these two. Even though they met as teenagers and their relationship could easily been seen as insignificant, they really did love each other. Like heart stopping, all consuming love. They thought that they would be together forever and neither of them take the break up very well. Of course there is more to the story than either of them know and when the truth comes out later in the book, it makes their break up that much more heartbreaking.
I liked Samantha right from the beginning, but it took me a while to warm up to Christopher. I found his anger towards Samantha to be a bit off putting. And at times he was just really mean to her, but eventually he did win me over. He was actually a very sweet and loving guy who was basically the perfect boyfriend.
This was my first A.L. Jackson book, so I didn't know what to expect. After reading this book I definitely want to read the previous two books in this series. I really liked Ally and Jared and even though I know how their story ends, I would like see how they got there.
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled,When We Collide, and Come To Me Quietly.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.