I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.
He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.
The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.
A second chance might destroy us both.
Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.
Austin, as you know from the blurb, or from the other books if you have read them, is an alcoholic. Yes, he is high functioning, but he is an alcoholic. Usually, when you read a book about addiction, the characters are already at the bottom, or have started to work their way up from their worst.
Not Austin. He is a happy, functioning alcoholic with a family and a career. And, he thinks all is ok. In a lot of ways, it is...which is one of the really compelling parts of this book. You like Austin, and you are on his side in a lot of ways, you are angry when he is slighted, you want him to be the one who comes out on top. Quite the trick when you also know he is an addict.
You get to know this Austin, and if you liked him (or if you were like me and you didn't) in the previous books, he is a lot different than what you expect. And, he needed to be, at least for me, or the appeal for him and his story would have been lacking.
Julia is strong, she is a survivor, and she wants to be with Austin, but she is afraid. Of who she is, of who he is, and of his addiction.
In many ways, this is a journey of 2 people who need to be fully whole to be together. And, they each have an intense and moving journey. They are different people at the end of the book than they are at the beginning, and they are also better for it. The growth of the characters, and their emotions, in this book is absolutely stunning. I was blown away, more than once, by the way this story was handled and the emotions it invoked.
I definitely recommend this title.
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.