What happens when you’re attracted to the wrong person?
I didn't expect to feel so drawn to my best friend’s father when I first meet him. It’s unexplainable and most of all, it’s unexpected. He drinks too much, is rough around the edges, and is so obviously into casual sex and nothing more, but there’s just something about him that calls out to me. I’ve thought my heart was battered beyond repair, but maybe I have been wrong.
"There was something so sexual, so carnal, so intense in the way Jensen looked at me.’’
She is my son’s best friend and I know he wants more, but I can't help it. Whenever she is around or her name is mentioned I’m turned on. I’m not used to denying myself to feeling so strongly for a woman so young, but she gets me. I can’t do a damn thing to stop these feelings. No amount of alcohol helps. I didn’t think it could be possible to feel so drawn to a woman, but it looks like I have been dead wrong.
"I want her to want me just as madly as I do her.’’
They shouldn’t and yet… They can’t resist each other.
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My Review (ARC provided)
I have never been disappointed with a book Stephanie has written, this one takes on a more forbidden topic than her others. It's a bit taboo, a little bit angsty and whole lot steamy.
Aideen (h) has left home for the first time, her best friend Hal has offered her a place to stay until she gets settled. Hal has strong feelings for Aideen to which she is oblivious of, and unfortunately the feelings are not reciprocated. Aideen hasn't let herself become involved or feel anything since her last relationship which hurt her deeply.
Jenson (H) Hal's father has a lot of deep rooted issues from his time in the military, he doesn't let himself love and has only just found out he has a son sixteen years younger than him. He doesn't know how to be a father and when his son's best friend and very apparent crush comes to stay with him he feels something he shouldn't, but it's also something that make him want. He’s never felt this way but he doesn’t want to risk his son’s heart.
This book was almost a five star read for me. It pushed boundaries I wasn’t even comfortable with, and that's saying something. The age got me, maybe it's because this could happen and I have a daughter, but it's like, wow wait a minute is sixteen years really that bad? It is, no it isn't. That was mind while reading this book. And then the other part loved Hal that I didn't want to see him hurt. If I got a perspective from him I think that would have made this book five stars for me, only because I felt his character was so essential to the story. I would've also loved to get to know Jenson's background more.
All in all this was a very well written and thought out book. It has the type of characters you don’t know if you should love or hate, Jenson especially.
Another great book by Stephanie Witter.
About the Author:
Stephanie Witter is a dreamer. She started learning English at three, and fell in love with the language. Always with a book, or two close by, she can't spend a day without reading (or writing).