As though my intense and swirling thoughts had pulled Zeb into the vortex of self-pity I was struggling in, my phone vibrated in my hand with a message from him as I wandered aimlessly through the empty rooms.
I shivered at the sight of his name and then silently scolded myself for having such a powerful reaction to only his name on the screen. His message was simple but for some reason it felt full of more meaning and emotion than the three words staring up at me indicated.
Can you talk?
I bit my lip and decided how to answer. I didn’t talk to my clients after office hours were done for the day and I was already having a really hard time keeping the professional and personal lines clear where he and this case were concerned. I sighed and tapped out:
I can. Do you want me to call you?
I had started this process as his friend first and it wasn’t fair to him that my heart was pulling itself apart because of his situation. He was probably nervous and scared about what was coming next week, and I was the only one who could put some of that at ease.
There wasn’t a response for a long couple of minutes and I hated that all I could do was stare at my phone and pace back and forth while I waited to see what he was going to say. I was acting like a teenager and it was ridiculous. I snorted at myself and was headed into the kitchen to pour myself a glass of wine when the phone rang and made me jump. I wasn’t prepared for him to call me right that moment and had a bout of anxiety about answering the call before I told myself to man up and swiped my finger across the screen.
“Hey. Everything all right?” I heard a car honk its horn wherever he was calling from, and he mumbled something that wasn’t directed at me before answering.
Zeb is funny and sexy, not overly alpha, but just right! Given his past stint in prison you'd think women would be a little hesitant to get involved with him. But then again, he made his way there out of protection for his sister. Don't mess with his loved ones!
Sayer has a cold and ridged exterior. But as you read, you'll see all the warmth and adventure she has inside. An inside that Zeb is desperately tying to bring out. Perhaps she's a little scared of the real her. Her life has been so structured at the hands of her father demanding perfection. As time progresses and Zeb's alpha ways start to penetrate her (in more ways than one, teehee), she begins to see the real her and learns to embrace the newfound feelings in her life.
I did think the story was a little wordy and I was hoping for more dialogue between Zeb and Sayer. I also guiltily found myself passing over some of the sexy times, not because they were bad (because they so were not), but because I wanted to see how the story line of Zeb's transition into his new life progressed. Call me impatient, but I really needed to know!
Overall I thought it was a good storyline, not one I was expecting at all from the blurb. But I was pleasantly surprised (by the situation) and felt it gave the characters more heart than just a story of bad pasts coming together and overcoming adversity, which they did of course.
A little lesson can be learnt from this book...Stop trying to be who you think you've always been just to please others and just BE who you are. You'll be happier in the end. It sure worked out well for Sayer. And now Zeb gets to reap the benefits.
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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.
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