Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He's flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there's anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn't prepared for what happens next.
Never fall in love
Two rules, that's all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has "relationship" written all over her. But Graham can't stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.
When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he's prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham's past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.
He should've known to walk away.
I really enjoyed the story of Graham and Carly. Their stories are heartbreaking but yet you feel so much hope for them knowing they will eventually find their happiness in a world that has been cruel to them.
Graham is a character you will love one minute and hate the next. He gave so many mixed signals throughout the story you didn't know which way was up or down. He was also really intense. But his passion is what brings you to love him. He is so passionate about Carly but at the same time is scared to become more with anyone. Although when a blast from his past comes into town he opens up his home and heart.
Carly is a lovable character that is strong. She has had a bad past but is able to keep moving forward but at the same time keeps her heart closed off. Graham somehow is able to get into the picture but he always brings her close and then pushes her away. He gives mixed signals but she never lets him get away with things. She stands her ground to him and gives him a hard time back too! I love their conversations and how Carly is able to get under Graham's skin!
This is a great story that will stick with your heart once you have finished. You will believe in love and futures for those who didn't think it was possible for themselves.
Sybil Bartel Bio:
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.
I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
Here are ten things you really want to know about me.
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband