No one is perfect.
I wish I could scream it at them, but no one will listen to me. Instead, they choose to ignore me by making me into something I’m not. I try to make them happy, but no matter how hard I try it’s not good enough. I make good grades. Hell, I was top of my class senior year, but things happen. We make sacrifices for people important to us. My parents wouldn’t understand that. Instead, they say I could be better. I’m the good girl to everyone else, but to my parents I fall short. To most I have curves, to them I’m fat. I just want them to be happy with my imperfections. You know what? I’m tired of giving and getting nothing in return. Screw them.
The only one that I want to see me for who I really am…is him.
Taralynn Evans has always been the good girl, forced to befriend people she cares nothing about. She tries hard to be what them and everyone else expects her to be, but what’s the point when it’s never enough to gain their approval? She’s over lying to make others happy or self-sacrificing to spare their feelings. For once, she just wants to be herself. She wants to feel human, tired of being a puppet.
When tragedy strikes her in the worst way, she finds herself bargaining in distress, trying to find reason and rationality in what’s set before her, but will he give in when in most cases the good girl never gets the bad boy?
Ink, sex, lies, loyalty.
Those are the things that define me, and my life. I do me. Nothing else matters. I don’t need anyone’s approval, nor do I seek it. I’m comfortable with the man I am. The only thing that haunts my dreams are those sapphire eyes that remind me of midnight. I will shut it down every single time. I can’t have her. She deserves more than what I’m after. The problem is that sometimes life is a bitch. That curveball was nowhere in sight, but now that it’s been thrown…my life may never be the same.
Shawn Braden has always been the bad boy. He’s always had the love and support of his parents no matter what he does. He knows he can have any girl he wants. Too bad he never wants them more than once. What he truly wants is the one thing he’s never admitting to, not even to himself. What happens when he starts seeing past the facade she’s put on for years and shows him the real girl that is hiding inside? Will he fall against his will, or will she become nothing more than every girl before?
I received a ARC from the publisher (via netgalley) in exchange for a honest review.
This was a complete surprise book for me, I never expected to be blown away like I was. I love discovering new authors who write pure gold that I fall in love with. I can't wait to read more books by this author and fall in love with some more amazing characters.
This is a friends to lovers type of book although a bit off that as they do hate each other a bit at first too. Shawn is your sexy bad boy who you hate to love but love to hate. He's a cocky arrogant son of a bi*** but i loved that about him. He also happens to be a tattoo artist which is a major plus for me. I love bad boys who can ink you too. Taralynn has wanted Shawn for years and has made this clear to him but he won't go there as he thinks he's not good enough for her so he always pushes her away. Until tragedy strikes and it brings them closer together. I did want to bang these two heads together at points and found myself screaming at my kindle but my god the sexual chemistry and relationship between the pair made this such an enjoyable read. I have to admit though I ugly cried at points in this book my heart broke. Without giving to much away you will need hankies at the ready but this book is so worth the tears.
An emotional rollercoaster of emotions wrote by author whose story and writing style grabbed me and kept me addicted till the very last page.