At twelve years old, I was torn from my family.
At fourteen I met her: my reason to draw breath.
One look into Everly Williams's big brown eyes and I knew I’d do anything to protect her. And for eight years I did. She was my world. My best friend.
But afraid I'd lose her, I held on too tight. Became a dark cloud blocking her sun. So I did what I needed to, and walked away. I hurt us both.
Now I’m home, and need Everly back in my life. Only everything is different. We’re different. My body burns for her when she’s near. And after one explosive kiss, I know she feels it too. I’ll do whatever it takes to earn her trust again.
Because I don’t want what we had before. I want it all...for a lifetime.
A complicated love
I'm not going to lie, I was nervous about this book. We got glimpses of Dane in the first two books and they weren't flattering. He is a major hothead and just reacted in a juvenile way. Thankfully we got some growth in his character from book 2 to this book. He's still pretty quick to trigger with his temper but he handles it better.
For not expecting to like Dane, I actually thought he was the best part of this book. The growth we got to see helped, but it was also the way you see how much he cares for Everly. I do enjoy a possessive and protective alpha, and that's what you get with Dane.
I did have a harder time with Everly. She's nice and sweet but her actions a few times also came off a bit juvenile to me. I also had a really hard time accepting how she handled the conflict towards the end. The good thing about Everly is that you never doubt her feelings for Dane either. These two were crazy about each other, they just needed to grow up a bit more and communicate better.
This was more of a 3.5 stars for me due to some of that immaturity, but I tend to lean more towards older, more mature issues these days. There is no denying that this author knows how to ramp up the steam factor in her books and you get that heat between both Dane and Everly.