Cover Design: Cover Me Darling
Release Date: April 19, 2017
I want to prove my worth, show them what I have.
I may be flawed; we all are.
But I’m smart, driven, and ready to take on the world.
No one needs to know the rest.
I wasn’t counting on him, couldn’t imagine someone like him coming into my life.
The blue eyes, the chiseled body, the man I can’t resist.
Truthfully, I have no plans of ever resisting him.
He has the carefree, playboy life he wants,
The one he created and refuses to give up.
But he didn’t count on me waltzing in and changing everything.
Gray can’t deny his passion for me—all parts of me,
Even the truth I try to bury—the flaws he knows I’m hiding.
And trust me, he’s imperfect too.
But sometimes, we need more than love—more than we can give.
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My Review – 4.5 Stars
The prologue gutted me. I immediately wondered what went so wrong to have Annie in such a state of despair. Then reading the beginning of her journey, her past, and relationship with Gray, I became hungry for her story. And I ate it up like a starving woman until the last words. Stephie is a fantastic writer. Many won’t appreciate Annie’s story, but I beg you to give it a chance. The author’s ability to convey the depth of this character and all of her emotions is masterful. Yes, Annie’s damaged. Yes, she has an addiction. Yes, she’s dependent. But this book isn’t about finding her happily-ever-after. It’s about being bound to the past and the never ending cycle of pain and self-loathing. It’s also about healing and trying to rise above all that keeps you down.
Some might have an issue with Annie’s choices, and I have to admit they were hard for me to accept. But I’m almost 40. I had to dig deep to recall that boy I believed I was so desperately in love with for 3.5 years. The one who broke my heart over and over again, because I let him. All he had to do was smile at me, look at me with such longing and love in his eyes, or touch me, and I was a goner. Reading Annie’s story brought all those feelings back—the insecurities, the jealousy, the despair, and feeling like I would never find another love. And like Annie, I received one of those wedding day calls from my old flame. It was in that moment that I realized if I was the bride, he would probably have been calling someone else. I would never have his whole heart or devotion. It seemed that after years of Annie putting the men in her life first, she may have finally understood that as well. Watching her grow emotionally and realize her self-worth made me extremely happy. I found myself cheering for her and celebrating each small victory. But the end left me wondering if she would truly be free of her past or would Gray drag her under again.
Well played, Stephie Walls, well played…
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