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395 pages, Kindle Edition
First published January 18, 2013
“So you went swimming I see,” Dillon remarked, peeling the shirt from his body as he and Emily entered their room. Closing the door behind him, he shed the rest of his clothing and tossed them into a pile.
“Very good observation,” she laughed.
Dillon walked into the bathroom, turned on the shower, and got in. “I hope you kept the body that belongs to me covered up around my friend,” he called out.
“You’re not answering me, Emily. Did you cover yourself up?”
Walking into the bathroom, she let out a frustrated sigh. “Dillon, what do you see right now?” she asked, motioning her hand over her body, her voice a touch irritated by his question. It was clear to her that she wasn’t baring too much skin.
“What do I see right now? I see my hot girlfriend’s ass hanging out from beneath her college T-shirt. So why don’t you get in the shower and give your man what he needs?”
After downing a shot of tequila, a slight pang of guilt for not giving Dillon the little he had asked from her hit the pit of her stomach. He’d emotionally taken care of her through the most difficult time in her life, constantly complimented her on a daily basis—whether it be about her physical or educational attributes—and made her want for nothing financially. Sex in someone’s home—be it crowded or not—shouldn’t have been an issue in her mind.
“First, you need to stop feeling like you’re completely indebted to Dumbass, Emily. He did what any good boyfriend would’ve done. Nothing special.”
“Damn it, Emily, I want us! You belong with me, not him.”
“His impressive presence was that of polished power, economical grace, and unyielding demand. He simply was a force she couldn't help but notice.”
“Nope, there's shmexy, and there's sexy. And you, my friend, are shmexy.” ~ Emily
“He might have stolen her breath the first time they kissed, but there and then— stealthy like a cat burglar— he was trying to steal her heart.”
"When you want something this badly, you don't just give up. You fight and fight until you absolutely can't fight anymore."
"Sometimes bad choices bring us to the right people."
"I want the good, the bad, and the in-between. All of it is what's going to make us amazing together."
"You're in my dreams, in my thoughts, in my skin."
"She'll be out there, son, and when you find her, you'll know it the very second you see her. She'll pull at your every instinct. Without any regard to the natural order of things, she'll just....appear."
“You’re supposed to be with me, and you know it. You said it yourself that you feel me when I’m not near you.”
Dipping his head, he looked straight into her eyes, his voice low. “
God, Emily, please…you have to give us a chance. Let me take care of you. Let me love you.”
Oh my, how I adored him in every f***ing way! She had my undivided attention from the first page until the very last and let me just say that it takes a pretty, awesome author to do that to me because I can get easily distracted, but here? oh hell no there was none of that happening! I didn't want to go to bed, I didn't want to eat dinner, and I didn't even want to go to the bathroom!! okay okay so you want me to tell you WHY I loved this book so much well that is easy and I can even sum it up in TWO words yep that's right only TWO words....GAVIN BLAKE!!
This wonderful man captured my heart and my soul and even totally aside from this: Emily's description of him
"Yes, he was that good looking. Take-your-breath-away good looking. Want -to-strip-your-body-naked-and-let-him-devour-you-alive good looking. Certified-eye-candy good looking."
Okay I had my Gavin moment so now we move on to Dillon, Emily, Trevor, Olivia & Fallon. I will start with Emily, oh my dear Emily such a, how do you say, somewhat likable but difficult character and at the very same time I understood her.
She has lost her mother and throughout all of the devastation that took place with that, Dillon, her boyfriend, was there to see her through it all, to take care of her, take care of the funeral expenses and arrangements, you name it, he did it making Emily forever indebted to him, at least in her mind. I personally didn't like Dillon from the get go, I don't care what he did, and for very good reason!!
After that emotional roller coaster was over Emily moved to New York where Dillon lived although she wasn't ready to move in with him just yet, (I am secretly thanking God here) she decided to room with her friend Olivia and I just loved Olivia!! She made me smile more than once especially when she said
"I'm about to drop it like it's hot."
referring to snooty tooty Joan, Dillon's mother.
Once Emily moves to New York she finds a job at a restaurant where she meets Fallon and they also become friends. One evening there was a delivery to be made and no delivery man so Emily took on that role and that is when her world would completely change and she would collide with HIM!
Gavin's attraction to Emily is instant and completely overwhelming to him in every way. After there encounter he decides to pursues her only to discover she has a boyfriend but will that change anything? Does he continue to pursue her? why yes, yes he does and let me just quote this for you and then you can decide for yourself what Emily should do...
"I want you more than I've ever wanted anything before in my f***ing life."
"I could've f***ed you over... and over...and over again, and I could've f***ed you very well, but I stopped because that's not the way I wanted you."
Holy hell does my man have a heart and got it all going on or what? I could go on and on about how much I loved this book! There is Drama with a capital D, there is angst, sex, love, frustration, torment, lies, and emotional, heart and gut wrenching pain but oh so completely and utterly worth every bit of it!! (I only wanted to throw my kindle once lol)
The last quote I will leave you with because I was a highlighting queen let me tell you.
He was everything she wanted, and apparently, she was nothing he needed.
So what will Emily do? Will she stay with Dillon or will she let go and give herself to Gavin?
I was provided an ARC of this by the author, Gail McHugh, for an honest review and for this I truly, truly thank her because she is one talented lady and I can't wait for the day she makes the NYT'S bestseller's list and I can say I read her books before they made it here!!! Do yourselves a favor and BUY this book because I truly believe you will not be sorry and you WILL want more!!
Though his father had told him stories about it happening, until that fateful afternoon, Gavin Blake had believed that love at first site didn't exist.
"I've never felt so heartbroken and so in love at the same time. If you would've told me the day we met that you were going to break my heart - and that days, months, or even years would pass, that I would still be hurting like this - it wouldn't have stopped me from falling in love with you."
Her mind tried to fight a bloody battle against what her body already knew. She wanted him, and she wanted him bad.
"Am I making it hard for you?" he asked mockingly.
"Yes, Gavin you are," she quietly spat, her fingertips white-knuckled around her glass.
With his need for her trapped inside - blistering hot, sweltering, ready to explode - he leaned in closer, dropping his voice. "Good, because whenever you're near me, I fucking lose every bit of self-control I have left."
"There's not a man on Earth who doesn't wish he was me right now. Your mind and your body will never forget the things I'm going to do to you tonight. Every...single...inch of your body is going to feel me."
"Oh my God."
"I want you to give in to what I see behind your eyes every time I'm near you. I want you to give in to the way you trembled in my arms when I touched you... the way your breathing becomes faster when I look at you. I loved the way your lips felt against mine, and I'm pretty sure you did, too. I also enjoy the way I can almost feel you becoming wet for me right now. Are you going to pretend that you don't feel anything for me, Emily?"
"Sometimes, bad choices bring us to the right people."
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*No, just no*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
“Want to know something really funny, chick?”
Emily stopped in the threshold and waited for her to go on.
“It was Gavin who was supposed to come out and visit that one weekend with my brother when we were in school—not Dillon. Crazy to think that right now you probably would’ve been dating him instead.”