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Those were the root of all evil. One of those became the root of mine the day I lost the love of my life. My best friend. My lover.

Everyone disregarded it, saying, “Let’s face it, Averie, you have the rest of your life ahead of you.” They were wrong. James Lawrence was my ever after . . . until Ashton. 

If only he didn’t come bearing his own brand of evil. 

A secret. 

The reason he wanted me to stay away. 

I should have listened, and he should have tried harder, but both of us failed. And if we hadn’t, if he had told me when we first met, would it have altered the moment I realized that I was falling for him?

The slight variation in the air. The hitch in my breath. The lightness in my chest.

Impossible to know; I’d already fallen.

I was already ruined.

***A standalone sports romance that takes place in senior year high school. Due to explicit content, this book is suitable for 17+

January 30
NLM Romance Publishing
NLM Romance Publishing

Customer Reviews

Samantha B. Sokol ,

I had no expectations going into this story and ended up obsessed!

I had no expectations going into this story and ended up obsessed! Averie had it all in her relationship with James, but when tragedy strikes, her whole world is turned upside down. Relocating to another town with her mother, Averie is coping with loss the only way she thinks helps; drinking and smoking, although she eventually realizes that it’s not a healthy way to cope. Recognizing Ashton but not realizing who he is, there is instant attraction on her end, while Ashton has had feelings for her from afar for years. Initially trying to stay away from each other, the pull and chemistry between the two get to be too strong, and in turn they develop a friendship that quickly turns into a relationship. With Ashton keeping a big secret that has similarities to James and it comes out, we wonder if the growth Averie has experienced will be enough to keep them together. This was my first read by Casey and I was honestly blown away by the storyline and the character growth within both Averie and Ashton. I was so happy with the ending and the storyline itself kept me engaged so much I couldn’t even put the book down!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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