I love Jay's writing style. It flows in a way that it makes you feel like you were there and were able to see things unfold in real life. The characters feel like they are real people that you wish you could be friends with.
Her heroes and heroines are always interesting. This couple is not any different.
“I always thought it was the firsts that matter, but now I know that it’s the lasts that stay with you.”
Rowland St. James has lost so much in life. Everyone seems to leave him and he's afraid of falling in love again. He lost his mother when he was just a kid and was placed in the system. His new home is next to the Cruz's girls and when Poppy approaches him he can't stop himself from loving her. She was the first girl to be nice to him, but Salem was his best friend growing up until the time she turned eighteen and left him behind without looking back. Poppy waited until college to break his heart leaving him alone once more.
“I feel like you and the past have been chasing me down ever since you walked into that shop, Salem.” She didn’t answer me but I noticed a little pink work its way into her dusky cheeks. “What are you going to do if I decide to let you catch me?”
Ten years later Salem is back in his life. She is part of the new store and he can't seem to avoid her. Salem brings with her good and bad memories. Rowdy knows she's here for him but he doesn't know if she will stay. Getting closer could mean getting hurt again if she doesn't stick around. When Poppy comes back too his life becomes even more complicated.
“Already been in your rearview once, Salem. I have no intention of ending up there again.”
I love Rowdy. Rowdy is a good guy. He's part of the Marked Men family and he'll do anything for his friends and the girls who loved them. Seeing Salem at the store throws him back for a loop but the more weeks passed the more he wants her and when he finally realizes that maybe the One is right in front of him he stops avoiding his feelings and moves full forward.
“I have plenty of friends, Salem. I don’t want get any of them naked or take any of them to bed. We don’t need to try and be friends again—we always were. That never went away—you did. You started this game of chase, so when you figure your shit out let me know because I’m already caught.”
Salem, what can I say, she is awesome. She is beautiful, intelligent, she's honest to a fault and fights for what she wants. I never felt like screaming at her for doing something wrong. A very strong heroine. I wish more writers would write the girls this way.
“Not a scar, not a wound . . . a mark. Something good. I want you to have good memories of me like I have of you.”
About secondary characters: the whole crowd is back and I love to see how much they still love each other and how their lives are moving along. Believe it or not I like Poppy and I hope she gets an HEA too. Jay starts to weave the love story between Asa and Royal and I can't wait to read it!
One character that needs to be mentioned is Sayer Cole. She was a plus to this book and I like who her guy is going to be.
“You’re a dumb shit. There a million first girls for a million different first things. There’s the first girl you slow-dance with, and the first girl you go to bed with. There’s the first girl to give you a kiss, and then the first one you take home to your mama.” His amber eyes lit up with humor. “There’s the first girl you fight with and the first girl you fight for. There’s also the first girl you have to let go of. There’s the first girl you love, obviously, and the first girl to break your heart. There’s always a first girl, Rowdy, but there is also the girl that is going to come after her until you get to the last girl. The last girl is the one that really matters.”
Cliffhanger : No
MLA complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.