When Paul Harris laid eyes on Ellie Caldwell the first day of high school, his heart stopped and never beat the same again. However, his best friend Lance spoke first and ended up with the girl. Paul watched them from the sidelines as he fell harder and harder, caught beneath rules of friendship and bro codes. Ellie secretly desired Paul, but he never made a move.
Ten years later, Ellie is living in New York City, worlds away from her ex and the man her heart always craved. A New Years’ resolution sends her back to the country, bringing Ellie face to face with her past.
A forbidden love unfolds between a small town cowboy and a big city fashion designer. When time and distance are no longer excuses, secrets and broken promises come in between Paul and Ellie. All because of the one thing that has always stood in their way …
I stepped toward the window and gazed out over the snow that had begun to fall across the landscape of rolling hills. Candlelight glowed around me, igniting the fiery need between my legs. The tap of his boots echoed in the silence, thumping toward me. The sound stopped right behind me. The heat radiated off him mere inches away. His breath tickled my neck, and my chest pounded with nerves and disbelief as to what was going on between us. Barely a few sentences were said, but years of sexual tension were about to combust.
“Are you still single?” I whispered. I knew what I needed, but I wouldn’t dare try to take him away. His hands glided down my arms. I closed my eyes to absorb his touch.
“Yes. Are you?” His answer sent a throb pulsing throughout my body. Silence passed for what seemed like an eternity until his lips pressed against my neck. My knees buckled from the intensity; he wrapped his arms tight around me.
My heart gave way at his whispered question, but I needed to feel him before I gave him up forever. I turned around in his arms and stared at his lips with longing, licking my own before I answered.
“I never knew if she fell in love with the money and then the man, or if it was the man and then the money. Either way, she loved them both dearly.”
“If every morning for the rest of my life your smile was the first thing I could see, it still wouldn’t be enough.”
“His lips found mine and the earth stopped its rotation. Nothing in this world mattered when he kissed me, and I didn’t have a care in the world.”
“I have never lived until your fire awakened me. I never want to be parted from you.” “You are and always have been the love of my life. I have never deserved you, never deserved the chance to be with you, but somehow, you are here with me. Be with me forever.”
My Review:I adored this story from the first page to the last. I had read Ms. Ford’s highly enjoyable debut novel, Watching Fireflies, months ago and was instantly addicted. I think it safe to say that I took to her writing like a crack ho takes to the pipe, and being the greedy smut junkie that I am, upon finishing - I immediately wanted more. While you don’t need to read the first book in the series to enjoy the second, it is so much more fun to read them all. Both are stand-alone volumes, but the two stories interweave and the second continues both stories further. Excellently written, tastefully sensual, intelligent yet easy to read, and impossible to put down – in fact I couldn’t… at all. I had to plug in my trusty Kindle to keep going. I am anxious to see who Ms. Ford’s laser focus hones in on next, and know I definitely will be paying attention for her next delicious offering.
Jaycee Ford grew up chasing street cars around the city of New Orleans. After doing a four years stint at Louisiana State University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and fled for the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. New Orleans beckoned her home again where she put her love of the foothills into a series of romance novels. In between writing, she’s found behind her desk at a top rated law firm … or still chasing street cars.
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