My Review – 4.5 Stars
K.K. Allen is an artist. This isn’t just a book to be read but one that is experienced. Her imagery is superb; every look, breath, movement, feeling was described in a way that made me feel as if I was standing there watching Monica and Zach. It all felt intensely real. Beyond that, I loved these two characters as well as their supporting cast. Monica and Zach were both strong and compassionate people. They cared about others and were selfless when it came to giving of their time, energy, and emotions. And there was depth to them beyond their relationship with each other.
There was so much that I loved about this book. The author masterfully wove a tale of uncertainty, heartache, need, passion, and love. She fed us tiny morsels of Monica’s and Zach’s experiences in a way that had me begging her to give me the whole meal. She teased us with pieces and clues from their pasts that made me wonder about their histories. And she interlaced them with the present in a way that had me spellbound. I was constantly trying to read between the lines and understand Monica’s hesitation and emotional turmoil. I was especially intrigued by the way Monica kept referring to the end of everything before it even began.
Toward to the end, I had it all wrapped up in a beautiful bow in my mind, so I wasn’t shocked by the turn of events. I finally felt like Monica’s resistance was justified and emotions were realistic. Their love for each other was so beautiful and delicate; it wasn’t a surprise that they found themselves shattered when the truth came to light. However, I didn’t anticipate the soul-crushing tidal wave that one moment of clarity would bring. I wanted so much for Monica and Zach that I was truly distraught by all that followed. But my heart healed along with theirs, and they taught me about forgiveness and love along the way.
Monica and Zach’s story was one I hated to see end. Their story was perfectly flawed and beautiful. I felt bereft closing the book and putting it aside. It was like saying goodbye to a friend for the last time. I do hope we get to see them again.
As a side note, I loved the reference to Rockwall, TX. I went to elementary school there for a couple of years and now live nearby. I also have an unhealthy obsession with football (TX girl) and appreciated the elements of the story related to the sport and all the work Zach was doing through his charity.
One kiss can change everything.
Fun and flirty Monica Stevens lives for chocolate, fashion, and boys … in that order. And she doesn’t take life too seriously, especially when it comes to dating. When a night of innocent banter with Seattle’s hottest NFL quarterback turns passionate, she fears that everything she once managed to protect will soon be destroyed.
Seattle’s most eligible bachelor, Zachary Ryan, is a workaholic by nature, an undercover entrepreneur, and passionate about the organizations he supports. He’s also addicted to Monica, the curvy brunette with a sassy mouth—and not just because she tastes like strawberries and chocolate. She’s as challenging as she is decadent, as witty as she is charming, and she’s the perfect distraction from the daily grind.
While Monica comes to a crossroads in her life, Zachary becomes an unavoidable obstacle, forcing her to stop hiding under the bleachers and confront the demons of her past. But as their connection grows stronger, she knows it only brings them closer to their end.
It’s time to let go.
To have a future, we must first deal with our pasts. But what if the two are connected?
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About the Author
K.K. Allen is the author of Contemporary Fantasy and New Adult Romance stories. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve shaved ice on the side of the road.
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