Once upon a time, my life was good. I had a family, I had a girlfriend, and hopes for the future. That was long ago, but I remember it. A hazy dream of what could have been.
That's gone now. I lost it all. Life f****d me over, and now I'm scared of my own damn shadow.
I'm training to be a tattoo artist, but I bet I'm not good enough. I have a roof over my head, but every morning I'm scared shitless that I'll find myself on the street again – or worse, back in prison.
And every time a pretty girl looks at me, every single f*****g time, I know I can't be with her. Not only because she'll find out I'm an ex-con and run the other way, no. It's more than that. I just can't. The thought of anyone touching me, the thought of getting aroused from that touch brings back every damn nightmare from my past to swallow me whole.
Can't f*****g do it.
Not even if it's the prettiest girl on earth – Cassie. With her long blond hair and her pretty t**s, her short skirts and high heels, she's all my fantasies rolled into one. See, the fact she kissed one of my buddies? That's good. The fact she looks at me like I'm a bug under her shoe? Even better.
Because it means she's not interested in getting hot and sweaty with me, and that I can keep living that fantasy.
The fantasy that she wants to be with me as much as I want to be with her – even though I know it will never happen.
Standalone novel. No cliffhanger.
*Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young readers.*
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I love this series more and more with each book. I was so curious about Cassie after her snafu with Jessie! She always made it seem like she never meant to do what happened, and it really confused me! And Shane, he was always the super quote and broody one. His reaction to Cassie was so awesome! I love that she made him smile, when no one ever got a reaction out of him before. This was one of the first couples that had really liked each other from a distance. Really one of the first girls that was brought into the group from one of the girlfriends. I think that made this a little more special coupling.
After reading Seth's story we got a little glimpse into the life that Shane had led, but we didn't know everything. I love that we really got to dig deeper into what happened to him. Shane had gone through so much in his past life, I love that Cassie had become his angel. She had become his light. I really loved this story so much!
This is Shane and Cassie’s story. I wasn’t sure if I liked Cassie in previous books, but I think she was dealing with a lot from her messed up mom. Shane had a good life until he lost his mom. He felt lost without her and then he went to prison at age 17 for something he didn’t do. He doesn’t believe anything good will last and he doesn’t think he can have love. He and Cassie begin a friendship of sorts that turns into something more. Will they be able to navigate through their problems to be together? Seeing Shane struggle was heartbreaking. I think he and Cassie were good for each other though. All the books in this series end more abruptly then I would like. I feel some things are left unfinished, but still a very good read.
Shane will touch your heart!!
Jo Raven has done it again. Shane is an emotional roller coaster ride. The feels are incredible. Shane has gone through so much pain and torture in his life and feels like he doesn't deserve love. Cassie uses men mostly for sex and then moves on. From the moment they met...a special spark was ignited. Read the book to find out how their story unfolds!!! You will not be disappointed!!