From New York Times and USA Today best-selling author J. Daniels. The second book in the Alabama Summer series. Luke Evans is a heartbreaker. I didn't want to give mine to him. Not when he kept me out. He gave me enough, just enough to make me fall in love with him. I say this to convince myself. But I know the truth. I would've fallen in love with him at a distance. Handing my heart over to Luke was the easiest thing I've ever done. I was naive when I wished for more, when I hoped he wanted the same things I did. I try to hate him. I try to forget him. But it's not that easy. Love is a ruthless bitch, and I'm her latest victim. Tessa Kelly is a man-eater. When she sets her sights on you, she doesn't just consume your heart: She goes for your soul. What we had was perfect, real, and all I would ever want. But she destroyed it. She destroyed us. I try to hate her. I try to forget her. But it's not that easy. Love is for people who have hope, and I have none. Warning: This book contains adult themes.
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I loved the first book as I thought what the heck and got the second. So glad I did this was just as great as the first. I am intrigued by the third but will wait a bit I think before I get it. 😀. This one though well worth the credit.
- Pam Audio-Listener "Read/Listen, Review and Recommend!"
A BITTER-SWEET ROMANCE THAT WAS SIMPLY YUMMY
Luke and Tessa's three months turbulent sex only relationship, and their inevitable break-up was captured, scene by emotional scene, in book 1 of the Alabama Summer series but it's painfully and briefly revisited from Chapters in this book so you don't necessarily need to have listened to Where I Belong first (but sadly you'd be missing a great book). Their break-up was because Luke wouldn't let Tessa, or love, in because of the heartbreak, anguish, destruction and pain loving someone does to a person when they leave. And Tessa judged and kept something back from Luke. So, for Luke, it's best never to fall into that trap and he should know because his world fell apart when tragedy struck many years ago in his young life and he was still living with the consequences. So, for those three months, he shared his body but not his secrets however Tessa wanted to know and trust the man she was crazy about.... but unfortunately for her that road led to relationship suicide.
With this book, it's been a year since the break-up and Luke's 'dipped his wick' into oh so many eager and willing females but never the same woman twice.... no emotions, no tender feelings and definitely no ties - simple, just slot A into B and wait for C and never repeat. Luke is a gorgeous, sexy, cocky, arrogant, moody, brooding Alpha Cop and Tessa is loud, sassy, loving and funny and, for the past year, they have tried to stay away from each other. It's not because deep down they don't feel the chemistry, the pull and the intense lust they have for one another but the anger, animosity and pain towards each other over their break-up masks the heartbreak, the raw feelings of loss and the what might have beens. Because beneath it all lies regrets, unspoken tender words of love and ignored soul deep belonging. But slowly through jealousy, passion filled verbal sparring and heated kisses they find each other again however, despite everything, Tessa realises nothing has really changed which eventually takes its heartbreaking toll as, once again, Luke's painful memories and secrets are still not shared which rips this couple apart. Leaving the heartbreak of two lost souls needing to, but incapable of, moving on.... without each other.
This was a listen that drew me in and I couldn't stop it until the end. It was emotional, powerful, funny, heartbreaking, sexy and the dual POV well written and narrated Chapters just flew by. There's drama when Tessa tries a Dating Agency with near deadly consequences and plenty of angst when Luke finds out about it, angst as they fight their reactions to each other and angst and heartache when they finally give in. Mia and Ben (from book 1) are in several of the Chapters as Mia is Tessa's best friend, Tessa is Ben's brother and Luke is best friends and Cop partners with Ben and it's nice to catch-up with what's going on in Mia and Ben's HEA relationship.
Worth a credit? Yes and I'm eager for more please.