Landon Stone has it all. He’s the star quarterback for one of the powerhouse teams in a professional football league, has a beautiful supportive wife cheering him on, and plenty of money to support him for the rest of his life. In the blink of an eye, it all comes crashing down as every player’s worst fear unfolds right in front of his eyes. With nothing left, he finds himself going back to where it all started.
Autumn McCray has lived in the same small town her whole life. Being tormented and bullied throughout high school, she has those constant reminders surrounding her every day. Having put most of those demons behind her, she’s forced to confront them once again and find her inner strength in order to move forward.
With Landon and Autumn’s paths crossing, they both are faced with obstacles they never imagined they would have to overcome. Will they help each other with their struggles, or be left to tackle them on their own?
MY REVIEW: 4.5 Stars
I really enjoyed this book. Let me start by saying that when I started reading it I was so glad that I didn't have to like Valerie because I couldn't stand her after just reading her description (I even messaged Rachael to let her know that). I know I shouldn't dislike someone based on their looks, but I read Landon's description of her and I was like "Thank heavens I don't have to like her!". I don't think I would have been able to cheer on their relationship because I just couldn't stand that b*tch. Beyond that though, I really liked this book. I thought the characters were great, they were likable and real and you were cheering for them. I loved Autumn and her best friend's relationship. I loved that Landon was basically just a good guy that picked the wrong girl way back when. He basically apologizes for not realizing that Autumn had it so rough back in high school and that he didn't stop it. He was just a great guy. I also loved his parents, they were great especially his mom. I like that there was a little bit of mystery in the book and that everything wasn't happy go lucky from the start of their relationship. They had to work on it and work through things. I know that this isn't Rachael very first book (she is one half of Lena Nicole) but I thought this was a great debut for her solo career. I would recommend this book to everyone. It has some mystery, someone starting over from basically nothing and trying to do it not just complaining about how tough life is, some sexiness and some fun. Everyone should check it out. - Jennifer
In a quiet, husky tone, Landon says, “I don’t know what it is about you, but I can’t help myself. I want to devour every inch of your skin every second I’m with you, and I think about all the places I want to feel you when I’m not.” And if I didn’t need new panties before, I definitely do now. I’ve never had a guy turn me on like this with simple words. His eyes remain on the road, but each syllable has left a hot trail straight to my most intimate parts. Because my brain has completely fizzled out, I’m left speechless. “Did I scare you?” He glances over at me with a sexy grin on his face.
“No, just processing. I’ve never had a guy talk to me that way before.” I look out my window, nervous to meet his eyes.
“And how am I talking to you?” His tone is commanding, like he wants to hear exactly what he does to me.
“Like you’re going to eat me alive and do things I couldn’t possibly recover from.” My voice comes out breathy as my own desires become quite obvious.
“I wouldn’t mind eating something, but I promise you’ll survive it, sweetheart. Barely.” My eyes widen and my skin instantly heats up all over. He gives me a knowing look and responds with a wink. My mouth goes completely dry and I suddenly have a very vivid imagination that runs wild with all the things he could do to me.
Rachael Duncan is an Army wife living in North Carolina with her husband and two kids. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After working on Capitol Hill for a short time, she realized that a career in politics just wasn’t for her. A couple years later, she rediscovered her love for reading and writing. She’s co-author of the books The One Left Behind and Shattered Lives Mended Hearts by Lena Nicole.