My mother's name is Taylah, and once, a very long time ago, she was my best friend - she was everything I wanted to be.
Until the night she disappeared.
Ten years on and my life, my families lives and the world around us has never been the same again.
How can it be when you are left not knowing?
No leads. No connections. Nothing. Just pure emptiness.
My dancing is the only way I can separate myself from the pain that lies in my home, in my father's eyes and in my brother's spirit. They need me and I'll fight with everything I am to be there for them, but who will be there for me?
Then I meet Nate.
Champion Motocross racer and everything my father doesn't want for me. He's forbidden, he's beautiful, and he's carrying a bundle of his own secrets.
When I step into his world, there is no turning back.
He will consume me.
He will teach me how to breathe again.
He will put a tiny piece of my broken heart, back together.
“You define love by deciding if it’s right or wrong. That’s not always correct. Love creeps up on you at the most inopportune moment, and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Love cannot be reasoned with and it can’t be as simple as right or wrong.” ~ Avery
Bravo, Ms. Jewel! I’m a big fan of this author and this was something I was really anxious to read. When I got this ARC, I was ecstatic! It shouldn’t surprise me at all that I couldn’t put this down. Once I started, I had to finish it. I will warn you now: This will put you through the emotional wringer, but wow! was this ridiculously good!
“Do you know what you’re doing to me, Dancer? You’re making me see that there’s better out there. You’re makin’ me feel again…and it’s been so long since I’ve felt…”
Life before her mother’s, Taylah, disappearance, Avery seemed to have a happy and stable life. She had a loving mother, father and older brother. After her mother disappeared, everything fell apart. Her father became more distant and her brother, whom she was really close to prior to the disappearance, has turned to drugs to cope. The only thing keeping her sane is her dancing. Her life complicates further when she meets her brother’s friend, Nate.
“I’m falling for you, in a way I’ve never fallen before. Don’t walk away from me. You’re the only sunshine I have left.” ~ Nate
From the outside, Nate’s life looks ideal. He’s a Motocross rider, married, and has a beautiful young daughter. However, it’s far from ideal. His marriage is on the brink of breaking; having an alcoholic, neglectful wife certainly doesn’t help. When he meets Avery, she’s like a burst of light in his dreary life. She’s innocent, sweet and one of the most compassionate people he’s ever come across. They develop a close friendship, but as much as they want more, they know try to keep things on the friend-level – it makes for some great tension, let me tell you.
I’ve allowed myself to feel possessive over something that is not mine.
This was an emotional read that had my heart and mind going in so many directions. As much as I disliked Nate’s wife, she was still his wife and the dilemma it created in my head drove me nuts because I wanted him and Avery together. Why couldn’t he just leave her? The reason seemed so simple, but alas, it was Nate that made it more complicated than it had to – at least that was my opinion.
I cannot recommend this story enough. It was angsty, hot and really emotional. I love these types of stories and Ms. Jewel delivered this story almost flawlessly. I really hope there will be more from the characters from this story. I would particularly love to hear Kelly’s story, just sayin - this would make an awesome series. Loved it!
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About the Author
Bella Jewel is an Aussie girl through and through. She spent her life in Western Australia, growing up in many different areas of the state. She now currently lives in Perth with her husband, children and mass amounts of pets. She's crazy, fun, outgoing and friendly. Writing is her passion, she started at the young age of 18 but finally got the courage up to publish, and her first novel Hell's Knights was released in August 2013.
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