At 21, Calla hasn't done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.
But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought shed left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.
Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from they moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn't give them her mom.
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I waited for the release of this book for a long time and it pains me to say that it wasn't
worth the wait.... I have loved every other book in the series, but this one fell short.
Calla has lived a hard life. Her appearance is flawed and her mental state is as well. She hides her past from everyone at school, but when things become tough she is forced to return home to a whirlwind of danger, confusion, and love.
When she goes to her mom's bar and runs face to face with Jax her heart is all kinds of conflicted. She instantly puts her guard up and tries to piece together how this hot, young guy has taken over. As the days pass Jax forces his way into Calla's business. He protects her and eventually she falls for him. Together they face scary situations and work towards building an intimate relationship.
Overall the storyline was intriguing, but I couldn't connect to the characters... Every time I started to feel for Calla she did something to make me think again. She made poor decisions and some of the scenes were just not believable.
I wish I could have enjoyed this one, but it just wasn't for me. I highly recommend the others though....