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First published September 8, 2018
One word to describe, Banner, our heroine: convenient.
If a guy spends the duration of an academic semester in a serious relationship with his girlfriend then hits you up only on the eve of your departure for a three month(?) internship, then you are not important to him.
If a guy, barring one lacklustre attempt, spends the better part of a decade without consistent and sustained effort at explaining the incident that caused you both to part ways, then you’re not important.
If a guy knows you’re in a relationship yet disregards it as inconsequential because, of course, HE decides that YOU want him instead. Then, not only are you unimportant, he lacks respect for you.
The greatest puzzle of this book is how, once Jared deigned to throw a smile her way, Banner went from this fierce lioness to a toothless tiger. Further, her lack of respect for Zo is inexcusable.
Overall, I’m surprised I persevered until the 50% mark before throwing in the proverbial towel. What a waste of what could have been a solid read (IMO).
“Be unafraid to want it all and be disciplined enough to work hard to get it.”
I honestly don’t know what’s under all those layers Banner wears, but those aren’t the layers I care about. I want to peel back her surface and study her soul.
Banner was attracted to me, for her it wasn’t about how I looked. Not really. Just like it wasn’t about that for me either. I would have fallen for Banner blindfolded.
“You’re so beautiful,” I whisper, my hands addicted to the feel of him. “It’s only a shell,” Jared says, his words seductive, his breathing more erratic. “I’ll crack it open for you and pour everything out.”
“For good?” He frowns and gives a quick shake of his head. “For good is too sanitized. I want your dirt and your pain and your darkness. Your weakness and your flaws.” He sprinkles kisses over my cheeks and nose, leaving adoration everywhere he touches me. “I don’t want you for good, Banner,” he says. “I want you forever.”
“I don’t want you for good, Banner,” he says. “I want you forever.”
”I don’t deserve you, Jared Foster,” she says, softly, surely. “But I’m going to have you anyway.”