by Elizabeth Lee (Goodreads Author)
Jesse Vaughn was never good at letting people in. He’d learned a long time ago that it’s easier that way because people leave, or, unfortunately, die. The one person he wanted to let in doesn’t want him anymore. The only problem is he can’t stop thinking about her. Jesse returns to the childhood home he left behind with one goal in mind… to convince her that they should be together.
When Jesse finds Alyssa she’s not the same girl he left behind. She’s wild, reckless and hell-bent on not giving Jesse a second chance. Lucky for Jesse, his stubborn streak has always been a mile-wide and he’s not about to give up on her.
When your life has been shattered can you really pick up all the pieces and move on?
I am always a big fan of friends that turn into lovers and this book did NOT disappoint. Right from the beginning you felt for Alyssa with the loss of her friends and than having a raging bitch for a mom.
The friendship between Jess, Garrett and Alyssa was beautiful and your heart does get shattered with the loss of Garrett. I can only imagine what that loss could do to a person especially if you feel it is your fault. After that so many obstacles get in the way between Alyssa and Jesse from miscommunication, manipulation and fear.
With Jesse you love him right away and are routing for him the whole way through. His love for Jess is breath taking and real. When they are together their connection is real yet passionate.
It is so crazy the effects that parents can make and with Alyssa and Jesse their parents made quite the impact on them in a negative way. However their friends and good family make up the difference. Hap, Jan, Kelly and Craig show them what love and family is supposed to be like. This book is about love, hope, finding oneself and loss.
I really enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to future work of Elizabeth Lee.
4 Thumbs up!