Alexandria’s drug-dealing boyfriend, Joel, isn’t exactly the white knight she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t deny the crazy connection they have. She would do anything for him, including helping him sell drugs in order to fit perfectly into his world.
After catching Alexandria dealing for Joel, instead of turning her into the cops, Alexandria’s mother forces her to move to her grandparents’ farm in West Virginia. Spending the summer in the country, away from Joel, is the last thing Alexandria wants to do. But lucky for her, the sexy farmhand, Landon, who helps out around her grandparents’ place, is a very nice distraction. She tries her best to ignore her attraction to him, especially since she still loves Joel.
When Joel does the unforgivable, Alexandria turns to her new friend, Landon, for comfort, and it ignites an undeniable spark of attraction between them. Soon, she finds herself caught between two very different men, and the struggles within her heart just might end up breaking Alexandria.
Oh for the love of Pete...pass the Kleenex! K.A. did a smashing job on this one. It literally crushed my insides, big ugly tears clouding my vision through a portion of it. I LOVED it and give it a whopping 5 Stars!
Alexandria is a tough-as-nails 17 (almost 18) year old just trying to find herself. Her first and only love, Joel, has been a big influence on her current demeanor and frankly she has a huge attitude problem. Joel is the neighborhood bad boy, selling drugs and throwing parties, so Lexi changes to fit in to his crowd. Everyone was scared of Joel so they needed to be scared of her too. That was the only way she would be able to protect him if he was in trouble or a deal went bad. Despite Joel's flaws, he really did love Lexi and I really wanted to see better for them. When the sh*# hits the fan and Lexi is forbidden to see him, we get to see the softer side of Joel and yes, I melted...
“He cupped my face and pulled me closer. “Read my lips, woman. I’m a lot of things, but a cheater isn’t one of them. I love you, Lexi. No amount of time apart will change that. I know we’re young, but it doesn’t matter to me. You’re mine, and I intend to keep it that way for as long as you want me. I keep waiting for the day when you’ll wake up and realize that you’re so much better than me.”
When Landon enters the story, things get a bit interesting. At first I thought ok...I think I know how this is going down...bad girl falls for good boy and changes, they live HEA. NOPE! Not even close! I am a huge Landon fan in this book. I loved the back and forth banter and friendship between him and Lexi. The more time they spend together, the more Lexi feels like herself again.
“Landon leaned over me, his face inches from mine. “I’m telling you right now that I’m not going to give up on you. I want you to be mine, City, and before the summer is over, you will be. I’ve never wanted someone the way I want you.”
My heart started racing as I let his words sink in. What he wanted was impossible, and I was going to break him.
“I’m sorry, Landon,” I whispered.
“Don’t tell me that. I’m not letting you go.”
There was a determination in his eyes that scared me and excited me all at once. Some small sick part of me didn’t want him to give up. It wanted him to chase me until I gave in.”
But soon the past comes back to haunt her and her world crashes and burns around her. I was not prepared for the direction K.A. takes the story and I was a teary mess. But it was a perfect story about grief, healing and redemption. HIGHLY Recommend!
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K.A. Robinson is the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author of The Torn Series and The Ties Series. She lives in a small town in West Virginia with her husband and toddler son. When she isn't writing, she is reading or listening to rock music.
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