Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: August 14, 2017
That’s all it was supposed to be. No strings attached, no feelings, no heartache.
But if I thought Sean Riley would be content having only parts of me, I was dead wrong. His persistence wore me down and I found myself in the one situation I was trying to avoid.
Little does he know a life with me will lead to nothing but disappointment and heartbreak. He’s a good man and deserves everything I can’t give him. Not because I don’t want to, but because I’m unable.
Pushing him away in the beginning was to protect me, now I’m trying to protect him as I gear up for the fight of my life.
A fight I could lose.
Getting into a relationship was my risk, but as things get worse, I’m not the only one who will have something to lose.
I just hope it’s worth it.
“Come back to me,” I finally plead.
She looks into my eyes and there’s so much pain I can’t stand it. “I don’t know how.” Her voice is strained as she tries to hold back the tears.
“Let me help you.” I cup her face and she leans into it.
“I just want to stop feeling this way and I can’t.” A tear falls down her cheek.
She pauses and says, “Empty.”
I thoroughly enjoyed this story!
Sean and Paige have this connection that can’t be ignored, but oh does Paige try. Paige tries her hardest to protect her heart from Sean, but eventually her walls that she’s worked so hard to build start to crumble down. Just watching these two together pulls at your heart strings.
Life has a funny way of showing you just how strong you are.
Just when things are starting to look promising between Paige and Sean, Paige has something unthinkable happen. Though Sean has tried his hardest to keep Paige from building her walls back up and fights for what they’ve slowing built. Paige fights just as hard to push him away. You start to see a side of Paige you don’t care for, but you also have to put yourself in her shoes, would you do the same if this happened to you? This helped be better understand her choices, even though I wasn’t fond of them.
Hard as he might, Sean has a breaking point just like the rest of us. After trying to give everything of himself and being pushed away, Sean finally tells Paige how he feels, and doesn’t sugar coat anything. Though this is something she needs to heard, what will she do with it?
I feel this book is more than just fiction. These things unfortunately happen to people way to often in the real world, and I think that’s what helps readers to relate. I do wish I read the other books in the series to see if there is more to Sean and Paige’s story, there were parts I felt like I was missing bits and pieces of their past with each other. I would definitely recommend this story to anyone, and would highly suggest to have a box of Kleenex near by! Great job Rachael Duncan!
WOW! I had no idea what a powerful and emotional book I would be reading when I first began this book! Paige has been pushing Sean away for years, but one steamy encounter changed that. Now, she has outright been avoiding him, but Sean, being who he is, doesn’t give up easily…thank goodness! With persistence, he gets her to first agree to a friends with benefits arrangement, then he continues to make his way into her heart. After proving his feelings to her, he has made it beyond her strong walls of defense, and she agrees to “trying” for something more. However, when her world is turned upside down and her very life is on the line, she begins to rethink everything with him, but he won’t let her go without a fight! This is the beginning of a romance about unconditional love and letting those you love take care of you!
As I wrote earlier, this is an emotional love story. The title was perfect! Paige is always in control and independent, not really taking risks, especially with her heart. Somehow, Sean gets past her defenses, and she is willing to take a risk on him. Of course, she wants to revert back to keeping her heart safe, but later when she receives some life-threatening news, it’s not her heart she is trying to protect but Sean’s. I just kept hoping she would let herself finally lean on him and trust that he would always be there for her. Because of her fighting spirit, I just fell in love with her. She was incredibly brave, and she definitely was someone I would want as a friend.
And Sean….oh my, he certainly knew how to make a woman go weak in the knees, even with his corny pick-up lines. I couldn’t help but love him. As Paige has decided to risk her heart, he has done the same. He has never stayed with a woman because he had never found someone who challenged him like Paige. He has completely lost his heart to her, and he is in the relationship with her for the long haul. He will definitely need to continue assuring her of that. He had a non-serious side that kept Paige from running at times, but when he needed to, he showed his serious side to be there for the woman who stole his heart. He truly was the perfect book boyfriend…he had it all….good looks and an even more beautiful heart.
This book had it all for me. There were times Sean would lay me out with his corny jokes, but he made my heart pitter patter whether he was whispering naughty things in Paige’s ear or being by her side at her absolute worst. It illustrated the importance of friendship and support, not only in good times but in bad times. Most importantly, it was a book about hope and unconditional love, and making sure you show others you care about how much they mean to you every day! Just be prepared for tears and laughter, but those are my very favorite kinds of books! This is a perfect book from the beginning until the very end!!!!
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn’t for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She’s the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.