He was the son of a woman who allowed men to use and abuse her as well as him, just for her next fix.
We became each other’s solace during that summer we met, creating a lifetime of memories in three short months. I provided him with a sense of hope that there was more than just the harsh reality of the life he had grown accustomed to, and he showed me a genuine love that I had been yearning for my entire life. We vowed to be together forever. I loved him and he loved me…. and nothing would keep us apart.
Nothing except the secrets that were hiding in that small seaside town.
I’m sitting here just trying to process what I just read. This book was not what I was expecting. If I had to use two words to describe this book it would have to be…. Beautifully tragic.
The wide variety of emotions that went through me while reading this book were so overwhelming.
I was happy, sad, angry… I was heartbroken.
This book is not your typical or traditional love story. It has a HEA in a way. It all depends how you perceive it to be.
But… Make no mistake… This book is a love story.
But… A beautifully sad one.
Sam and Jaxson I felt were meant to cross paths. They both needed someone to help them out in different times of their lives. Jaxson needed Sam first. Then later Jaxson returned the favor and was there for Sam when she most needed him.
I loved the way this book started. There was so much powerful emotions going on between Sam and Jaxson.
In the beginning….I had a love hate thing going on for Jaxson and pretty much throughout this book.
He was on the edge for me not liking him. But never really tipping over.
There was a lot of up’s and down’s going on in this book. Jaxson was kind of hard to swallow. He was just so damn mean.
I was feeling his brutingness in the beginning.
But… That was fading away fast.
He literally was always snapping at Sam and just saying mean things to her. He was super antisocial!
Once we find out the reason why he’s is the way he is.
Ok… Some of it is understandable.
But … It was just so hard to read.
Sam… She took it all. She got upset… She opened up her mouth.
But she swallowed a lot of it. She was incredibly patient with Jaxson. She just got him.
I felt the love they had for each other. The need they had for each other was so overwhelming. Sam truly saved Jaxson. She helped him see he was worthy of love.
I had a HARD time reading the ending of this book! I was ugly crying!!! Omg! I was a mess!
And I did not see the twist at the end! And my opinion of Jaxson changed.
In the end he wedge his way into my heart.
After I was done reading this book. I just put my kindle down and cried. I thought about everything that I had just read. I was thinking about all the what if’s.
This book was such a good read.
Jaxson and Sam’s story will stay with me for awhile.
*ARC provided for a honest review*
“So, did you have a good birthday?” I asked.
“It’s just another day. Nothing special about it. I’d just as soon forget the day I was born.”
“Why are you so hard on yourself?” I second guessed myself for asking as the words spewed from my mouth.
“You just wouldn’t understand, Samantha.”
My whole life I hated being called that name, but hearing him say it was kind of nice. It was as if it was his and his name only for me. I was his Samantha, and he was my Jaxson.
“Maybe I could try. I’m a pretty good listener.”
He took another sip of his lemonade and placed it on the table. “I really have to go.” He stood up and looked down at the ground.
“I’m sorry. I – I didn’t’ mean to pry,” I said, standing up beside him. “It’s just, sometimes it helps to express how you’re feeling, and I’m –” He took me completely off guard when he grabbed my face in his hands, pulled me toward him, and placed a warm gentle kiss on my lips before smoothly slipping his tongue into my mouth. I was speechless as I pulled in my bottom lip still wanting to taste more of him when the kiss was over.
“You wanted me to express myself,” he whispered. “Well, that’s what I’ve been feeling from the time I walked up on this porch. I wanted to see if your lips felt as soft as they look. I wanted to get as close to you as I possibly could and breathe in your perfume that drives me crazy. And, maybe for one second of my life, I wanted to feel like I was worthy of someone like you. That’s how I was feeling, Samantha.”
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard. I am the author of The Exception To The Rule, An Unplanned Lesson, An Unplanned Life, Drowning In Love, A Cry for Hope, A Will To Change, Blind Side of Love, When The Chips Are Down and Easy Silence.
My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of relaxation.