Publication date: 11th November 2013
Layla Flaherty had the perfect life, or close to it. Until a stranger gunned her parents down right in front of her, leaving her with seizure inducing PTSD. After years of trying to pass as normal and failing miserably, she resigns herself to being invisible. But new to town Landen O’Brien sees her, and he likes what he sees. Much to Layla’s surprise, he doesn’t freak out when she has a seizure in front of him. He does the exact opposite, calming her until the tremors subside. But Landen has secrets of his own. Secrets that both bind them together and tear them apart.
Scarred by loss, Layla leaves her hometown of Hope Springs, Georgia, hoping to put her painful past behind her and start over in college in California. When she runs into Landen at freshmen orientation, she has a choice to make. Reinforce those steel walls she's built up around herself or give the only boy who can keep her still a second chance.
Landen’s more than ready to tear down those walls but this time when they come crashing down, they might bury her.
“Looking for this?” he says, holding my lime just out of reach. Ugh, my mouth is fighting the urge to pucker but it’s a losing battle. Corin said lemons would be better but I hate lemons.
“Tell me what you want first.”
“No,” I say, making a grab for the lime but missing. Damn, he’s tall.
He cocks a brow. “Why not? Scared?”
“You’re the one who should be scared,” I say, trying to sound fierce like Corin but failing miserably.
“Oh, I was scared at first. Seeing you.” He looks down at me, breaking through my defenses with the determined power of his glare. “But I’m done with that now. Now I’m doing what I want. I just need to make sure it’s what you want, too.”
“I want my lime wedge. Give it to me.”
“Oh, I will.” Landen snakes an arm around my waist and pulls me against him. “Open up.”
I swallow hard, and for a second I consider refusing. But I want that lime. And I want this man even more. Who knows if we’ll ever be this daring with each other again? So I open my mouth and he slips the lime in. And I suck it. Hard.
Heat pools between my legs, and I rub my thighs together to try and calm myself, but it doesn’t work. This isn’t a feeling I’m used to. It’s been a very long time since he had this effect on me. Maybe I used to think about him this way before, once upon a time, but that was a different girl. One who wanted love and marriage and all that Happily Ever After nonsense.
When my last EEG results came back abnormal right after he moved back to Colorado, I decided that girl could forget it. And him. And now I’m looking up into Landen’s perfect face, and I want something else. I want a physical connection. That kiss he owes me and then some. It might break us both, but I’m done being the girl who cries and hurts and longs. I want to be the girl who gets what she wants. For once. And the universe is not my friend when it comes to giving me what I want.
So I’m going to take it.
Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online athttp://www.caiseyquinnwrites.com
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