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on September 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Format: ARC, Paperback
Source: Corvisiero Literary Agency
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They've spent their lives pushing each other away, but what will happen when they need each other most?
Anita Martin doesn't expect much from life. Growing up on the street, bouncing from one foster home to another, she learned to rely only on herself. Even after she finally found a loving family to take her in, she was still an outsider-something Abraham, one of the family's older sons, never let her forget.
Abraham Evans doesn't know how Ani always manages to get under his skin, only that's she's been doing it since they were teens. She is-and always has been-undeniably gorgeous. But he's never met anyone as pissed off at the world as Ani.
For fifteen years, Ani and Bram have agreed on exactly one thing: they can't stand each other-until one night when their anger gives way to passion. Yet even as Ani and Bram begin to secretly seek comfort in one another's arms, they remain emotionally worlds apart. When Ani's life takes a dramatic turn and she realizes she needs more than Bram can give, their fragile, no-strings relationship unravels. One way or another, Ani is determined to survive. But when Bram finally admits his true feelings, he may discover Ani has moved on without him...
I am relatively new to the world of romance novels and by relatively new I mean that I’ve only read three other romance novel: Nicole Jacquelyn’s first novel in the Unbreak my Heart series (Unbreak my Heart) and both novels in the McIntire County series by Winter Austin. I fell in love with the genre immediately. When Kelly from Corvisiero Literary Agency mentioned that there could possibly be a blog tour for this novel I was ecstatic.
The plot for this novel is different from the first novel. I’ve noticed that in romance series each novel focuses on a different character. I don’t know if that’s how every romance series is, it’s just what I’ve noticed so far. Anyways, This novel focuses on Bram and Anita, who are foster siblings, however, Anita moved into Bram’s house after Bram was already an adult and had moved out. The novel starts with a family dinner where Bram rushes out and Anita decides to follow him because she thinks he’s up to something sketchy. It turns out he isn’t, but he gets pissed that Anita follows him. This is followed up by an intense make out session that leads to back seat sex. Basically, after this happens, the entire novel is them trying to figure out what exactly is going on between them. Bram tries to deny his feelings about everything throughout the novel.
All of the characters in this novel feel so real to me. I believe that readers will be able to relate to, at least, one of the characters that appear throughout the novel. There was a depth to each character that I really appreciated. Jacquelyn did an amazing job with her characters. Some contemporary novels I’ve read have had characters that I feel have fallen flat and are boring.
I really love the Jacquelyn writes her novels. Some of the scenes can be so intense. I sometimes feel like I can’t read them fast enough! She writes about situations that feel like they could be real. Nothing she writes feels fake or unneeded. There’s a reason I was able to finish this book in 4 ½ hours and it was because Jacquelyn’s writing was simply amazing.
The storyline for this novel was so good! When I say I couldn’t put it down, I mean it. I was glued to this novel from start to finish. Anita and Bram stole my heart from the scene of them together in the bar. When he grabbed her by the throat and kissed her I was hooked. When Anita had her surgery after her and Bram hooked up, I cried a little. All I want in life is to have children and now she can’t. Of course Bram being a guy thinks it’s the best thing ever that he can have sex with Anita and not worried about getting her pregnant. He has a hard time seeing past that and realizing exactly how Anita feels now that she can’t have kids.
When Anita finds out that her biological sister is pregnant and wants Anita to raise the baby, of course she says yes. It’s all she wants. But it also means losing Bram. The second he realizes what is happening he leaves her. He absolutely does not want kids because of his past, but when he sees the baby, his frozen heart starts to melt.
I really wish that I could talk about every character without making this review way longer than it needs to be. Anita and Bram were so frustrating. Anita was a little less stubborn than Bram was. She tries really hard to make what Bram and her have work. Bram on the other hand acts like he just wants to have sex and nothing else, even though on the inside he enjoys being around Anita.
One of my favorite parts of this novel was when the whole family got together and all of the foster children came to visit. Readers got a glance at the foster kids during the first novel, but I feel like readers really got to know them in this one. Henry and Alex were definitely my favorite secondary characters to read about. They were such a hoot! I loved their humor and witty banter. They made the novel a lot of fun.
Why do authors keep shattering my heart? Henry’s death killed me. I finally got to see a good glimpse into his character and then he’s just gone. I sobbed like a baby and I had to do it quietly because I was in a cabin with two other girls who were sleeping. It sucked.
My heart was pieced back together when Bram (finally!) decided to be part of Anita and Arielle’s lives. I am so glad that he finally got his shit together and realized that he can’t live without them.