Sometimes you can’t change—and sometimes you just don’t want to. Discover Ben’s side of the story in this fourth novel by the beloved, top-selling indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths,One Tiny Lie, and Four Seconds to Lose.
Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…
This is a really great book! The whole series was great, as a matter of fact. Each book has its own personality that you can't help but be reeled in.
I loved Reese's character. From her take no crap attitude to her somewhat vulnerable side, she is one of those characters that you instantly want to see have a happy ending. After her horrible divorce and her failed attempt at having a fling on vacation, she is now ready to turn things around and be the responsible adult she needs to be.
Ben is the one-night stand, no relationship kind of guy. He is laid-back and care-free. He has worked hard to get where he's at, but he's not completely ready to be a complete grown-up.
These two are thrown together again after meeting one another on vacation. The draw each other has in undeniable. Then throw in Reese's ex moving in to town, and you have one big cluster of insecurities.
Reese battles with herself. She knows she needs to move on from her cheating ex, but she wants revenge. She wants him to hurt the way she did; the way she still is. Her wanting revenge has blinded her to what was really happening between her and Ben to the point that she could destroy what could possibly be the best thing for her.
Ben is drawn to Reese, but she is off limits. She's his best friend's step-sister. She is his co-worker. But he can't help himself. He opens himself up to her and shows his soft side without even trying. Being around her and being what she needs just comes naturally to him.
The back and forth with these two characters is interesting to see. The fight within themselves and the willingness to show their inner-selves made the story that much better!
Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.
When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.
Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.
And there’s only one person who can give that to him…
And don’t forget the rest of the Ten Tiny Breaths Series…