Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Levi Black is an s.o.b.
He wouldn’t be wrong.
A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it.
One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running.
My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month, and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.
“Tell me you don’t want me,” he commands, a muscle in his jaw clenching.
“Just tell me!”
“Why?” I shout back. What’s the point, when we both know it would be a lie?
“Because I want to hear it from your mouth. If you can tell me you don’t want me like I want you, then I’ll leave you alone. Tell. Me.”
The wind kicks up, skating across the water and creating ripples over its calm surface. Pollen and leaves spiral in the air overhead, tumbling to the ground and into the water, mimicking how out of control I feel inside. Levi has to know that nothing between us would ever work. Even if our parents weren’t married, we’re too different. Our worlds are miles apart. But I can see how determined he is. He won’t let this go until he gets the answer he wants.
“Fine,” I relent. Looking him dead in the eyes, I say, “I don’t want you.”
The muscle in his jaw pulses as he regards me with a perfect quiet that is unnerving. I’m thinking I should swim back to shore, dry off. There’s no saving this day. I’m about to do just that, when Levi’s gruff voice stops me cold.
My brows pull down in confusion. “Excuse me?”
Moving his arms, Levi cuts through the water effortlessly, bringing himself to a stop only when our fronts touch and our legs bump into each other as we work to stay afloat.
“I said you’re a liar, Vista.”
I don’t know what to say, because he’s right, and I’ve never been any good at lying. “What does it even matter? We’re not getting together!”
“Inappropriate?” he finishes for me.
“Yes,” I bite out as he presses even closer, annoyed with myself and how my body betrays me. Every time Levi gets too close, it’s as if every nerve ending in my body comes to life.
Yes. The answer is automatic, but this time, I don’t say it out loud. I keep the humiliating truth to myself. He’s baiting me again. The problem is that it’s working. Except, I’m not angry. I’m...turned on.
My gaze drops to his mouth. I love his lips. They’re equally thick, firm, and kissable. I know because I’ve had them on me, and I yearn to feel their power again. The way Levi says my name, the way he invades my space and calls me his princess, makes me feel weak. I don’t want to be that girl. The one who falls for a guy’s quick lines and filthy mouth, but I am that girl because Levi is that guy... and I’m falling for him. All. Over. Again.
This book is about two people that are seriously attracted to each other, their chemistry is intoxicating. They share one amazing night together that changes things for them, this could be the start of something magical. But there is a huge roadblock and that would be the fact that his father is married to her mother and his father will not let some "fling" ruin the family's name. So Levi does something hurtful that pushes Vista away, breaking her heart.
Years have passed and Vista is looking for her big break. She wants to start her business and is offered an opportunity that brings her face to face with Levi again. If she can help him in his recovery for one month, she will have the means and contacts to make her business a success. Easy, right? He couldn't still have a pull over her, could he? She's put him firmly in the past, she can do this.
Levi and Vista have been through several years apart, but their bond is undeniable. Watching these two interact is dynamic and sensual. Their path to happiness is tumultuous at best, but no one said happily ever after would easy.
I loved Vista's passion for her mother, her job, and her heart. She sticks to her values even though it could cost her everything. And they way she stands up to not only Levi, but his dad too, is brilliant.
Levi may have had everything handed to him on a silver platter, but there is heart under all that playboy bravado. That's a side that he rarely shows, but his need to show Vista is powerful. I loved that about him. He does so much but does it because it makes him feel good, not for the recognition. There is more to this man than meets the eyes.
I really liked this book more than I expected. J.C. brings us a story that is exciting, heartwarming, thought provoking, tearful and loving. A love story that will melt your heart and leave you with a smile.
J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor's in English and when she isn't writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.
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