★ BLURB ★
“I don’t care! Do you hear me? I don’t care Pierce!” She screams at me. She is pissed and breathing fire. She has never looked so beautiful to me. Well when I can see her face and she isn’t turning away from me.
“You care. You can pretend you don’t, but you do. You came all the way out here.” I pause grabbing her hand and swinging her around to face me. “You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t care.” I’m breathing fire now myself, but I don’t care. I pull her closer, until her chest touches mine. I cup my hands around her jaw and lean down to whisper against her lips, “You made me, you broke me, now you’re going to freaking save me.”
★ SYNOPSIS ★
Courtney Pierce never thought he would love anyone but Annabella Gage. She was his entire world for eleven years. Even though she was dating his older brother, he couldn’t seem to let her go. Then things shifted and lines became blurred. Pierce wasn’t sure whose bed Annabella should be in anymore.
But Annabella has secrets. Dark secrets she will do anything to protect. So like the crazy witch that she is, she rips Pierce’s heart to shreds and devastates his soul. He’s left with the emotional wreckage and no way out in sight.
Then Rachel Sanders drop kicks into his life. The beautiful brunette is utterly hard to resist and one night of intense passion leads to an unexpected surprise. A surprise that has all their friends shocked, because Rachel and Pierce couldn’t be more different.
Now he’s left with one option and it doesn’t include Annabella. Rachel, though, is full of surprises and Pierce finds their relationship so incredibly easy. Way easier than what he had with Annabella. So easy he finds he didn’t even know what love was before Rachel.
But like any twisted love story, Pierce is hiding dark secrets, too. Secrets that he feels will rip he and Rachel apart. When push comes to shove will Pierce spill those secrets? And if he does, will they separate the new lovers before they even have a chance to begin?
Much like Pierce and Annabella, someone else has something to hide. Let’s hope Rachel sticks around because when this secret comes out, she’ll be the only one who can save Pierce.
★ MY REVIEW ★
As with all the books in this series, this one had me curled up and reading it from beginning to end. Typically I wouldn’t recommend reading any book in a series as a standalone, but with this one it is completely possible. Ms. Heath writes so well that you can still get the full story, without reading the previous two. If you’ve read the full series, it’s not going to feel like a dull repeat or recap. This is also the first book in the series that has made me belt out laughing due to random lines by the characters and the co-stars. Rachel and Pierce (AKA Courtney), are two very in depth characters. I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to this book, because while Rachel’s gossipy backside has always intrigued me, I considered Pierce to be a bit of an ass. I was worried it was going to end up in a love triangle, but let me assure you, it does not. (That’s the only spoiler you’re getting. 😛 )
The story opens up on a scene that explodes off the pages. (No spoilers!) You can’t help but feel all the angst, the emotion… oooh the feeeeels, not to even mention the “What are we going to do?” thrown in there. 😀
Pierce is coming from a rough place, he’s just gotten his heart trampled on, ripped out and handed to him, told he wasn’t man enough and would never be man enough for the girl he fell in love with at thirteen. He has spent every moment of his life in love with her and been consumed by Annabelle. So after she drops that bombshell on him and vanishes, wrecking numerous relationships in the process, he spends the next few months picking himself up, and putting together the pieces. There is a lot of sorting to do from his perspective. He’s always been aware of Rachel, just never paid much mind too her.
Rachel is the girl that’s (to me) basically been overlooked. This girl though, is an absolute firecracker. She’s sweet, sassy, sarcastic, and awesome taste in nail designs. She doesn’t have friends unless they are her brothers, she didn’t have any close female friends until the start of senior year. Her brother is massively overprotective and runs off any guy that even looks at her sideways. So Rachel doesn’t date, doesn’t hang out. She’s always known about Pierce though, They were from two different groups in school… groups that considered each other enemies.
I would love to say that these two come together in a clash, but… they don’t. I was thoroughly amused at how they did finally come together. It’s not because they want to date, or hang out, or anything normal… no, it’s a misery loves company sort of thing. Of course they are attracted to each other, but it’s never been overt. Why would it be when he’s always been with someone else (more or less) and she’s been from a different crowd? Still though, the feels are there and the author has done a fantastic job with these two.
Both of these characters to me are a bit immature at first, but they gain maturity fast. When big things happen in life, they suck it up and become adults about it. It’s something you get to be shown as it’s developing and you feel it as you’re reading. They keep over coming hurdles with each other and all of the crazy instances life will throw at you, and keep progressing.
I would not only recommend this book to anyone who wants a good, angsty, emotional read, but the whole series. It will have you laughing out loud at was are supposed to be serious situations, and maybe even shedding a tear or two. Ms. Heath is wonderful at evoking relate-able emotion via her characters and situations she puts them in.