Author: Eden Butler
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance, Military
Release Date: April 7, 2014
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Mollie Malone's mom skipped out on her. Her biker dad, always loose and easy with the law, still was able to make her feel loved, and to keep her safe. But thirteen years ago, when his luck finally ran out and he landed in prison, Mollie found herself a new family - a group of friends in the sleepy little college town of Cavanagh, Tennessee, where now they all attend the local university.
These girls know about the rotten roots of her family tree but accept her anyway, and the bond between them is so strong and supportive that Mollie is finally able to see past graduation to a future that is bright and secure.
But sometimes the past doesn't stay buried.
Suddenly, inexplicably, there's a shadow behind every step Mollie takes. Someone is lurking in that shadow, threatening not only Mollie, but also the new family she has claimed for herself.
And it isn’t just the past that has Mollie’s life in upheaval. Hunky former Marine Vaughn Winchester - who Mollie really would like to get to know much better - thinks Mollie is just a kid; he's made it clear she wouldn't ever be able to understand the demons haunting him. But if that's what he believes, then why does he keep sticking his nose in her business? And if he thinks she’s such a kid, why does he keep trying to kiss her?
Vaughn’s mind games are frustrating, especially since Mollie knows enough about secrets to be convinced that there's something he isn’t telling her, something he's so far been able to keep hidden. But when that secret is revealed, Mollie is forced into a situation that tests her loyalty and threatens even her closest friendships - just when the shadow of her past returns, and she's going to need them the most.
As a new reader to Eden Butler's works, I am amazed! She writes such full-bodied, interesting, real and believable characters that I couldn't help but fall and feel for them. The flow is just right and her writing style is lovely :) She definitely has a new fan right here!
I loooove Mollie Malone! Having grown up as a biker's girl, she is fiercely independent, sassy, tough and one bad ass woman! I love that she doesn't take shit from anyone and sticks up for herself. I also adore the relationship she has with her dad, despite how..."fucked up" he was, nobody love her like daddy does :) Apparently Mr. Nicky 'Mojo' Malone got his name as he has a magical dick ;) It would have been lovely to read more about Mollie's dad. He definitely deserves happiness and an old lady.
Vaughn, on the other hand, his mixed signals drove me absolutely batty! D< I adore him, though I totally get where he is coming from but there is only so much a girl can take. He also has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth, which gets Mollie fuming mad :3 I also love his protectiveness and the G.I Joe thing he had going on.
Both Mollie and Vaughn are very much loveable and real. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the other two books and the rest of the series to find out more about the other characters :D Especially Autumn and Delcan! Delcan seems like such a dear.
“Right. Enough of the G.I. Joe bullshit.” She looks at Declan, then to Donovan. “Take him down, boys.” And in an instant, both men have wrestled Vaughn to the ground flat on his back. He begins to fight them, to get their hands and arms away from him, but the pain must strike him fast; his winces and low curses tell Mollie that the pain is cresting.
When she straddles his waist, Vaughn’s protests slow to mild complaints. Around them, the players back off, giving Mollie room to work.
“Fine.” His voice is nothing more than a growl, “but if you’re going to do this be sure you get your knee in…”
“Hey, Semper Fi, shut it.” Mollie’s bare legs move along his ribs, dragging his shirt with them so that her smooth skin slides against his body. She rests her hands on the ground around his head, hovering just above him. There’s a small blink of time where she catches Vaughn’s eyes and they stare at each other, their breaths heating between their open mouths. “I know what I’m doing so can the instructions.” Vaughn wets his lips, eyes drifting down to her chest which is only millimeters from his mouth before he focuses back at her face. “This isn’t my first time.”
Despite the pain and the awkward tension building in front of their small audience, Vaughn manages a smile. “Well, will you be gentle?”
“No.” Mollie climbs onto Vaughn’s chest, lifting her knee just below the dislocated shoulder. Before she pushes her leg up, she leans down, catching a whiff of his sweat-slick skin to whisper just above his mouth. “Baby, I’m always good, but I ain’t never gentle.”
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