Love was my weakness.
In the light of the truth, no one can hide.
Derek had ignited a spark inside of my heart, a hope for a love I never expected to find. However, our connection lacked the substance it needed to burn. Weakened with resentment, our relationship crumbled under deception, slowly dissolving into ash.
I had sacrificed myself for him and paid the price.
By the time Brandon entered into my life, the longing in my heart had turned cold. But fate was not done with me. His crystal blue eyes and fluid touch revived a wish that had been frozen in time. He gave me hope once again.
Hope is a dangerous thing, especially when you dare to dream.
**WARNING: This book contains adult content and drug use.
Gahhhh!!! I devoured this book. The writing and story was phenomenal and I feel like a tool for not being able to give this a full five stars, but I promise I have a legit reason (which I will address at the end of this review.) But in the mean time, just know that Ms. Abel delivered one hell of a story.
That had always been our problem; our love burned too hot and died too slow.
Penelope & Derek:
When I first met Derek, I admit, I was charmed just like Penelope. Dressed in his Marine uniform, he was persistent in his pursuit of Penny. At the time, all she wanted to do was focus: finish school and never be dependent on anyone. But meeting Derek changed that. As the years went by, her ambitions and dreams were put on hold, slowly becoming someone who she thought Derek wanted. But Derek’s charms weren’t just for Penny and she took notice.
The flashback scenes of Penny & Derek’s relationship made the first half of this book extremely emotional. You really could feel Penelope happiness and struggles. Its no wonder why she is the way she is. But after finding strength that she never thought she had, she made some necessary changes.
I could smell him, feel his heat, remember his taste.
Oh dear. I don’t know where to start. He’s smart, tattooed and extremely sexy. He showed Penelope she was still desirable. He didn’t know it, but he also gave her the courage to change. He’s not a perfect Hero, but his mere presence brought hope & light into Penny’s life.
A woman with a dream of being loved is a danger to herself because she will see it places it doesn’t belong and doesn’t exist.
So, why not a full five stars? As much as I thought this was a fantastic and expertly written story, it was the ending that fell a tad bit short. Don’t worry, it all ends happily, but the epilogue really left me wanting more. It was unsatisfying, at least for me. Plus, there were some unanswered questions I wanted answered, or at least mentioned. Aside from that, I would definitely recommend this story. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Abel will write next.
Advanced Review Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Ms. Abel
E.M. Abel was born and raised a Marine Corps brat. She spent a large portion of her life moving and living in her mother's home country, Japan. As a result, she gained independence and a unique perspective on the world. The youngest of three girls, E.M. Abel spent a lot of time alone in her room writing or sketching in her journals and dreaming up stories. Growing up, she wrote poems, short stories and articles for her high school newspaper. She also fell in love with art and discovered her deep need for self-expression.
Now, a Navy wife with two small children of her own, she still loves being creative and most of all translating her stories into novels. E.M. Abel, now referred to as E or Em by her friends and readers, can often be found with her headphones on jamming out to punk rock, in a chair getting tattooed or cooking dinner for her kids and attending gymnastics practice. No matter what she's doing in her life, she's always sure to do it her way.