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Oh, the feelings this book brought out in me! I can't convey to you how much I enjoy stories of childhood love that ended and then later is rekindled when the teenagers become adults. There is so much history, so much heartbreak, misunderstandings, and a yearning that has lasted for years. As you can imagine, it makes for a very steamy romance with all kinds of emotion and makeup sex. Yup, I said it. Makeup sex. This is my first book by this author, so I wasn't sure what to expect when she put a Sizzler Alert on her NetGalley posting. I thought, oh boy, this could end of being more about the sex than romance (which isn't usually my cup of tea), or this could be exactly what I need right now. And guess what? It was exactly what I needed a right now. The exact right combination of romance and lust. Bring it on.
There once as a boy named Sebastian and a girl named Maya, both of whom secretly loved each other. But neither felt they were good enough for the other, and in a moment of anger, a stupid mistake tore them apart forever. Eight years later, Sebastian is dead. Now there is only Slade, the road captain of the Red Dragon MC, who only has hatred for the girl who once held his heart in her hands. When his leader orders him to go pick her up and bring her to their base for safekeeping, it's the last thing he wants to do. But she is in danger, and if Slade has one weakness, it's knowing innocent people's lives are at stake. He may hate Maya, but she doesn't deserve to die. When they finally meet, Slade is both relieved and annoyed to see that Maya has no idea who he is. She doesn't recognize him. And Maya is just as tempting now as she was back then, even more so now that she is in the dark about who he is. It's too late for them though...or is it?
The history between these two is so intense...and also annoying, because there is SO. MUCH. miscommunication between them. If Slade would only tell her the truth, if Maya would only confess her feelings, if they would both just apologize to each other...but no, that would be too easy. This book is full of angst, and if that's your catnip, congratulations! I love angst personally, and this hit the spot with the right amount to keep me really wanting more. I found myself reading this book late into the night, waiting to find out when they would just tell each other how they feel. I was rooting so hard for this relationship to work, you would have thought I was emotionally invested. Which I wasn't, of course...*cough*...Slade was a tough guy with a soft heart, and Maya still loved him, even after all these years. It was so hard watching them clash, knowing that they loved each other so fiercely and completely. Yes, Slade made a giant mistake, and Maya made some poor choices, but at the end of the day, it all came down to whether they could learn to forgive and move forward with a life together.
Intriguing, captivating, and engaging! All words to describe Heather Van Fleet's latest book. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**