He was my first crush, my first kiss, my first everything.
But I’m not a lovesick teenager anymore, and I’d never let that cocky troublemaker break my heart again.
So when he shows up out of the blue asking me to have dinner with him “for old time’s sake,” I say I will. After all, it’s been twelve years, and I’m stronger and smarter than I was back then.
Except…he still does something to me. He’s got those eyes that make me weak, those hands that drive me wild, and a body I can’t resist—especially once I see the tattoos. It doesn’t take long for our trip down memory lane to go from sweet to sizzling.
We’re just as good together as we were back then—better, even—and I’m willing to give the only man I’ve ever loved another chance.
But he’s got to tell me the truth.
* * *
All I wanted was to see her again. Tell her I’m sorry. Make her smile.
Okay, that’s a lie. I wanted to do more than that—a lot more. But I know she’s better off without me, and I promised myself I’d behave.
Except I’ve never been much good at keeping promises…or my hands to myself when I’m around her.
I can make her laugh, I can make her cry, I can make her body surrender to mine in ways that neither of us could have imagined back then. I can—and I do—love her more than she’ll ever know.
But I can’t tell her the real reason why I’m here.
And I can’t stay.
Maren and Dallas were high school sweethearts, until Dallas disappeared without saying anything, breaking Maren's heart and leaving her in a place where she was not totally able to move past the relationship, and the heartbreak, of losing the only person she ever loved.
17 years later, life has been kind, sort of, to Maren and Dallas, and both of them have moved on and found success. And, then Dallas gets news that he is not expecting and it makes him reevaluate his life, the things he has done, and the people he might have wronged.
A need to make amends, a little lack of certainty about what the future holds, and romantic and sexual chemistry that hasn't gone away in the years since they have seen one another, and you have the story that Melanie Harlow tells in this title.
I enjoyed it. I know, for some, they probably wanted more angst, more time not knowing what was going on...but I liked this one the way it was written. I liked the chance to see how they handled the revelation, and to see the way the information changed the narrative and the relationships of the characters.
I enjoyed this title and I recommend it.