At eleven years old, Macie James was certain she saw her prince standing in her kitchen with his rosy cheeks and cute smile. She was going to marry that boy, she had no doubt about it. As she became a teenager, it was that boy who taught her how to become a confident and sure woman. As the years went by and they grew up, he taught her how to love and to be loved.
Greyden Michaels was surprised when he fell for his best friend’s little sister. He wasn’t opposed to it and, even more surprising, neither was his best friend. When he was in college and her just in high school, he realized they were too young to be committed, he opted for friendship with her and together they decided their love was for the future.
When you hesitate, life happens. When life happens, your plans change. Macie wanted her fairy tale and Greyden was prepared to give it to her when unfortunate events changed his whole life, including his future with the UFC and, most devastatingly, with her. Macie made the decision to live her life, to move on without Greyden, especially once she met the man who wanted to marry her and give her the life he couldn’t.
The problem with that was that Greyden had always seen her as his. Could he give her up completely for her supposed happiness or could he somehow manage to get his life in order to try and win her back, heart and soul?
“I can’t make you mine right now, Macie.” He sounded dejected.
“I know,” she whispered across his lips, this time pressing her mouth against his.
“I don’t trust anybody else with you,” he said as she deepened the kiss a little more, but he wasn’t letting her fully in.
She licked his top lip and a small groan came out against his wishes. “I know, Sugar Plum.” She kissed just his bottom lip; being the only participant in the kiss was becoming challenging.
Greyden laughed. “Noooo.” He gripped her face, stopping her ministrations. She scrunched up her nose at him. “Macie, remember our plans?”
She nodded. How could she forget? They had a future together, just not a present.
He tucked a few strands of hair behind her ear. “I promise to keep my mouth shut if you want to date, if you promise to date guys your own age and to be smart.”
Macie’s shoulders sagged in disappointment. That’s not where she was hoping he was going to go with that. “Grey, I don’t—”
“Butterfly,” he slides a finger to her lips effectively shushing her, “I wish I could be that guy for you right now, but I can’t. I know that others can’t either, but apparently you’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. That’s why I ask that you wait ‘til you’re eighteen for the major stuff. Because, Butterfly…God. Macie James, you’re not the girl guys screw around with. You’re the girl guys marry. You’re the girl I’m going to marry.”
Macie gasped in complete shock at his words. Stunned speechless. What does one say to that anyway?
Thankfully, she didn’t have to think too long. Greyden slid off the truck, coming in close contact along her body, not letting her back up. He leaned down, his lips hovering over hers momentarily, just barely brushing them before pressing the sweetest kiss to her hyper aware lips. His lips were soft and warm and Macie wanted to pull him even closer than he already was and open up to him, but that’s not the kind of kiss he was giving her. No, he was giving her a kiss of a promise, a promise of a future, of a friendship and of a love that will only bloom with time, that’s what this kiss was. It was kind of heartbreaking on her end. It may be what he wanted and needed right now, but he just told her he was going to marry her, yet she couldn’t really kiss him, or have him.
Without Hesitation is a great, emotional rollercoaster ride of emotions-frustration, some tears, and happiness. It grabbed my attention from the first page until I finished the last one. It was a perfectly paced sweet and sexy romance, and I will remember the characters for quite some time.
We are first introduced to our main characters at Macie’s 14th birthday party. Although it’s her birthday, much of the attention is given to her friends who are not shy in trying to get the boys’ attention. While they are in bikinis, Macie is in her one-piece. Grey, her older brother’s best friend and Macie’s crush, decides to remedy the situation. He decides to give her some confidence by buying her a bikini. It works, and she gets everyone’s attention, including Grey’s. This is the beginning of their long, complicated relationship. They do share an attraction, but both decide it’s best to remain friends. Without ruining anything, I will tell you their relationship goes through many, many changes throughout the years.
I loved so many aspects of this book. The pacing was perfect, and the romance was not rushed at all. The chapters were told from both Macie and Grey’s POV, and they alternated between the past and present. This allowed me to see the deep, abiding friendship these two shared and how their intense love story developed. And, I’m not exaggerating when I use the word “intense.” I loved both of the characters, but yet there were times I just wanted to throttle both of them. However, this frustration is what kept the story moving forward. This was a couple I really wanted to get their HEA, and they now are one of my favorite “book couples.”
While I loved the romance and sexual chemistry between the two characters, my favorite thing was their deep friendship and thus love for one another. It didn’t matter what their circumstances were or who they were with, if one of them needed the other, they were there for one another. Now, if you want to know if this leads to happily ever after between the two of them, you should really one-click this one today. You won’t be sorry…it really is a perfect balance of love, sex, and friendship with humor sprinkled within the pages.
Bailey Hayes has a past that is currently affecting her present. Ten years ago she made a decision that suited her at the time. Now because of that decision she finds herself extremely successful in her chosen career but extremely unhappy in a relationship she thought was her forever.
Bailey met, fell in love with and moved in with Hollister Harrison six short months after meeting him. Hollister’s true colors shine through epically when he no longer has his personal space to contain them.
Talon McAllister loves his family, his family’s marketing firm that he runs along side his sister and the game of hockey. He plays hard and works even harder but leaves no room for any one woman exclusively. That is until he meets the lovely and ultimately sexy Bailey.
Can Talon convince Bailey that her twisted sense of loyalty and commitment to her boyfriend is absolutely unnecessary and dangerous?
Will Bailey miss out on the greatest love she will ever know due to fear of repeating her past of quick decision making?
Or will Talon show Bailey that she can live and love without boundaries?
Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.
Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.
Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?
Being a dreamer her whole life, CJ had big plans as a child to move to New York and live the city life. She wanted to escape the small country town she grew up in and be an independent woman. The dreaming never stopped, changed a little but never stopped. Instead she married a boy from that small country town and decided to somewhat travel together. One day, living in Northern California they decided to pack up and move to Texas, just because. That’s where she resides today doing what she loves the most… mothering her children, loving her Husband and living vicariously through all of the stories she gets to create and write up daily.