“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it."
Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.
Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It's certainly the best way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.
When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.
Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?
"This can't happen, Emily."
The disbelief on her face pours through into her voice. "Why?"
All of those reasons that were sparking through my brain are lost. I know I had sound logic not just ten seconds ago, but I can't grasp it right now.
She stuns me when she laughs, genuine delight showing in her eyes. "Oh, we're compatible. Your working parts and mine were in perfect alignment just a few seconds ago."
Damn, that is hot!
She's clearly saying that wasn't just a kiss. She's saying she was imagining those multiple orgasms just the way I was. I almost lunge at her to pull her back in my arms, but I have a shocking moment of clarity.
I shake my head at her. "Our parts are definitely compatible, Em. But that's all it would be. It would never be anything but a fuck."
I expect those words to hurt her...to enrage her...to make her realize that Nix Caldwell is the world's biggest asshole. I hope those words cause her to go running from my house in tears.
Instead, she says, "So?"
Angie J's Review:
I was given this book by the author as an ARC for a truthful and honest review.
I must first begin by saying I love this series. I mean I review Off Sides (Off Sides Review) and fell in love with the author. I love the writing and pacing of these novels. They are a MA audience but as an erotica reader...I got plenty of hot loving :) Holy crap Nix and his dominate behavior and all his biting.....*Fans myself*
This book is about Ryan's little sister Emily. As we know her from book one, she was a self absorbed, snotty, brat of a girl. She was hateful to Danny and was in on the break up of Ryan and Danny. When she finally saw the love Ryan and Danny had, she decided to change her life. So this book is her changing her life. She went to interview Linc, one of Ryan's hockey friends, for a journalism class she is taking. Well after her interview she kinda....runs over Nix....Linc's hot as hell older brother who is a hot mess thanks to the war in the middle east. She ruins his bike and is going to pay him off quietly. She leaves the run in shaken because Nix is burned into her brain!!!!
Nix is a grumpy, loner who doesn't do relationships. He has his brother and dad and a limitless amount on one night stands and he is quite happy with life. All is good because who would want a man with the shame he has????? When Emily runs him down he can't believe this stunning GIRL has effected him. He even agreed to take monthly payments...WTH happened to him. Well a few days later they run into each other. Not to make a payment but for a party!! Emily says she can't pay cuz her beeotch of a mom cut her off her trust fund for *GASP* declaring journalism as her major in college!!! I MEAN JOURNALISM....just awful!!! Well Nix puts her to work in his shop. The more time they are together the more intense the sexual chemistry is.
Emily and friends go out and a guy gets a little "grabby" with Emily. Who does she call to save her???? *drum roll* NIX!!!!! When the 2 get to talking, their relationship begins to change and grow. The two keep denying their attraction until Emily says "no strings attached is ok with me!!" Nix is gone!!!! Emily always shocks him with how opposite she reacts to situations. Needless to say the two begin a "dating" type relationship. Well, Nix is afraid once Emily find out his "dark secret" she will leave him. When she finds his "shame" he blows up and throws her out......what happens you ask? guess you better scroll down and click the buy link:) i will say my favorite scene is the final scene where Nix does something to Emily with his hands....not it isn't sexual people but so heart felt and sweet....sigh.....I think I fell in love with him a little bit more after that scene!!!
I hope I have hooked you on this book....I am totally going to leave you hanging....I want you to yell at the screen and then go and buy this book ASAP!!!!
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