May 18, 2017
was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled
from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could
never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder.
prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his
arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the
night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have
let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.
It’s been ten years since he walked away from the only girl he ever loved. He never forgot her. The way she smiled. The way she would get dirty (not in that way….ok, maybe a little). The way she laughed. The way she made him feel. But, he still left. He had to find his way. His place in the family. And it has brought him back to Savannah and back to her. She was a surprise. And when he saw her standing there in the middle of a mess of a store. He knew he could never walk away again. He also knew that he wouldn’t let her either. The connection was still there and he knew in the moment that this was it. She was it. She was still his everything. He just needed to prove it to her.
Ellie knew it was him the moment she smelled him in the air. Even after all these years she still thought about Ford. The boy that broke her heart at eighteen. He was her future until he left. No real explanation. Just gone. She moved on with her life. Going to college. Working. And now she was home to build her business. What she didn’t move towards was finding love. She knew she was in trouble when they locked eyes. She should have kicked his ass out at the very moment but she couldn’t. He still had a hold on her and he knew it. Damn him and his sexy smirk. It was even sexier now. She couldn’t do this. Not again. She couldn’t fall for him and have him disappear. But a determined Ford is a dangerous Ford. To her heart anyway. Can she forgive him and trust that he won’t leave her again?
Ford and Ellie’s relationship is one epic second chance romance. Their story isn’t easy but their love is. He knew it. She knew it. I felt for Ellie. She didn’t want to lose herself again. She didn’t want to rush into something if it wasn’t real. She has to examine what they had before and why they still had this connection. Is it real or is it just because they were each other’s first loves? She doesn’t even know if she is ready for any kind of future with any man. Especially with one like Ford. Is it worth the risk of a shattered heart?
I loved this couple! Ford is intense, funny, sexy, protective, and oh so swoon-worthy. Something about a military man just makes me melt. And adding in that he is a family man…damn hot. Then there is Ellie. She is smart, beautiful inside and out, and is a fighter. She isn’t a pushover. That is for sure. She is stubborn but for good reason. Something she gets from her father. Together, Ford and Ellie are sexy, sweet, and remarkable. Ford has that perfect blend of alpha, sweetness, and humor. I don’t know how Ellie could have ever resisted.
Overall…it’s one of my favorites from the series. I love every moment of it. It was a fun, hot, and emotional ride. I just can’t get enough of this family. Seriously, the way they banter and love is just the best. I laughed hard. Cried more than once. And got heated in a few different ways. I can’t wait for the next book. Camilla is a puzzle I can’t to get the pieces for.
P.S. Violet is Violet and I love her for it.
“Do I look decent? I don’t have dirt anywhere or cookie crumbs on my shirt, right?”
“No, but check between your boobs,” she teases.
“He’s not going to be seeing between my boobs.”
“Not with that attitude.”
“Just looking at you is like foreplay,” I admit.
“You sounds like a country music song.”
“Are you saying I’m not glamorous?” I tease.
“Your sneakers with paint splattered over them are so, so glamorous, Ellie.”
He laughs, a warm, rich, captivating sound that feels like a balm to so many of my wounds. It doesn’t fix anything, obviously, but it does soothe me somehow.
“You always did have a way with words,” I joke, sighing for dramatic effect.
“You should give me a chance to show you how much better I’ve gotten with words.” He shoots me a smile so sinful I have to look away.
“I bet you have.”
“I’ve gotten better at a lot of things,” he whispers.
He searches my eyes as if he’s asking for permission and in my amped-up state, I’m not thinking clearly … because I smile. It’s a tiny fissure in my persona that he takes full advantage of.
My back suctions against the paint behind it as Ford cages me in. One foot on the outside of each of mine, a hand planted on the wall on both sides of my face. My knees wobble the slightest bit as he leans down and feathers his lips over mine.
They’re as soft as I remember and my eyes flutter closed as my chin angles towards him, wanting more. We move together effortlessly, like there hasn’t been a decade since the last time we kissed.
USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.