I almost didn't believe it was him. In high school, Sebastian Pryce had been an aloof outsider who kept to himself. But now, 10 years later, he's back and unusually attractive. With muscles in all the right places and hands that know exactly what they're doing, Sebastian is everything I didn't know I needed. And while he isn't exactly friendly, he has a magnetism that draws me in. He pulls away, afraid he'll break me. Until the night I demand more - and he gives it. (Hard and deep. Twice.) Are we just two lost, lonely people seeking solace? Or could a disgraced reality TV star and a flawed, frustrating man actually find some sort of happy together?
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This isn't the type of book I usually go for.... but WOW it absolutely blew me away in oh so many ways. The handsome Hero Sabastian suffers from OCD and has probably been that way since a childhood drama happened when he was just 8 years old. He was skinny, strange, obsessive and was called names, bullied and made fun of during his High School years and he eventually moved to NYC and became a Lawyer to try to overcome and fit in when he was older. But relationships proved hard when you have to check things over and over again, when you have mood swings or when you have to do things in 8's or in even numbers. So now Sebastian has moved back to his Hometown for peace, tranquility and to try to get control of his life.... and to stay away from people. However, the feelings Sebastian brought out in me as I listened to his story was how vulnerable, shy, misunderstood and loveable he was and I just wanted to give him a great big hug...... but that will prove to be Skylar's job.
Beautiful Skylar was the popular girl in School, made friends easily and moved to NYC with dreams of becoming a famous Actress - but the only thing she achieved was being labelled as 'the bitch' on a reality dating show. The Producers wanted her to act that way and clever editing did the rest which had her trashing her Hometown and its residents in order to boost ratings. So now, with not much to show for her years trying to make it big, the only thing left is for her to go home.... but the Town's residents aren't at all understanding, sympathetic or forgiving.
One day, when it all proved too much, she laid down on a deserted beach, wept and let it all out - but when she pulled herself together there was a handsome sexy stranger, with a a body to die for, just staring at her - straight faced and tongue tied. They didn't get off to a great start because nervous Sebastian had secretly yearned and lusted over Skylar since their High School days and now he just can't overcome the negative voices in his head. And this starts off one of the sweetest and most touching love stories I've listened to because these two wounded souls find each other, help one another and learn, through a bit of trial and error, to trust, to overcome..... and to love.
It wasn't all smooth sailing though, there was a lot of give and take as Skylar slowly had to understand the depths, moods and triggers to Sebastian's OCD and Sebastian learnt to share his thoughts and to trust Skylar unconditionally but this was done through a bit of conflict and angst. So there was a lot of character growth and it was also a fun, romantic, passionate, tender and touching love story as they went from tentative friends to red hot lovers and, in the bedroom (or wherever!!), boy did Sebastian's Alpha side come out to play. Dual POV's, a romance driven story that was emotional, hot, had a few noteable secondary characters and the narrators did a fantastic job breathing life into two loveable main characters who worked hard for, achieved and very much deserved their HEA ending.
Worth a credit? Yes, it was nothing like I had expected... but it actually surpassed all expectations by delivering so much more and it left me craving to hear even more about these two wonderful characters whose struggles to find happiness entertained, amused and pulled at my heartstrings.
- CAROLYN "I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again"
Realistic portrayal of mental illness
As someone who has been married to a man with OCD for ten years, I have to give the author a lot of credit for either researching OCD very thoroughly, or for living with it or being close to someone who has it. I went into this book not knowing it portrayed a character with OCD, and was shaken a few times by how accurate it is ... the struggles, the drastic mood swings, the intrusive thoughts, the rituals, the way a loving partner gently pushes back and says, "No, you don't need to do/say/count that again." The characterization of the man with OCD was a pleasure to read, and I found myself wishing my husband was as open about his struggles as Sebastian was. Kudos to the author for jumping in with both feet and making a flawed human being likable and worth getting to know. This turned into much more than a fluffy, sexy read, which was a surprise.