Five years ago, Embry Jacobs ran…
She ran from a past that still hasn’t let her go, but her dream of becoming a lawyer is stronger than her fear of confronting that past. Embry’s sole focus is to get through law school—with the help of her best friend, Morgan—and make something of the broken girl she became. Not thinking about falling in love, being in a relationship or even
entertaining the idea of romance, Embry is moving forward one day at a time.
Luke Brody is charming and sexy, and has a past of his own. He wants nothing more than to put his demons to rest and move on with his life. But, when Embry enters the picture, is he destined to repeat those same mistakes?
Blindsided by their instant attraction, neither Luke nor Embry are prepared for the feelings they’re developing.
But will it all be for nothing?
Will they let their pasts destroy them, or will they risk everything to fight for their relationship when it all comes undone?
I am all about forbidden relationships in my books. The more forbidden the better! This book contains a grad student/professor affair, and having had some hot professors back in my day, I say bring it on!
Embry returns home to New York after leaving to go to college 4 years before. Her best friend asks her to go to Law School back home. Though she’s terrified of running into a person who is part of the reason why she left in the first place, and her family relationships aren’t all that, she concedes and returns. There, she meets Luke Brody. At first, they just exchange pleasantries, but she sees him a few days later and the sparks fly, their attraction is palpable. They
begin a relationship that is technically forbidden since she’s a student, but since they opened up to each other before they knew that tidbit, they continue it anyway. Problem is they are both keeping secrets, secrets that have the potential to destroy what they have together? Can they make it work?
First of all, Luke is tasty.
If he were a cake, he’d be a tasty cake.
He’s inked, he’s kind of bad, and he’s all kinds of sexy. If I’d had a professor like him in college, hells yeah I would have done what Embry did! He’s also a bit mysterious, because he and Embry have something in common – they both run away from their problems to try and start fresh. If it’ll work is still up in the air. But personally, I thought Luke was the best part of this book. I liked Embry, but she’s seems a bit wishy-washy with her feelings. She makes a decision, then second guesses herself. Just do it already! Isn’t decisiveness a good trait for a lawyer?
Overall, I liked this book. I did think that the relationship between the H/h was one of those lightning speed types. They meet a few times and then BAM! Relationship. I guess when you know you know, but with all they had to contend with, it seemed a bit fast.
I would have liked to see more of a build up there. I will say that the sex is pretty steamy, and as you know that is a must have in any good book for me! Bring on the sexy times! This book does not disappoint in that department. This book is a cliffhanger, so you’ll have to keep reading to see how it’s all resolved. As it stands now, a solid debut novel. 4 stars.
Embry sat in the middle of Luke’s floor, surrounded by baking flour. It was everywhere.
He walked in, and she did everything she could to hide her smile when she saw the look on his face. He was sexy as usual with no shirt, pajama pants hanging off his hips, and bedroom eyes. Until he took in the scene in the kitchen. His beautiful bedroom eyes widened into surprised saucers as he stared at Embry.
“Problem?” she deadpanned.
Luke shook his head, seemingly at a loss for words.
“I was going to make you breakfast.” She picked up a handful of flour and let it sift through her hands like a child would sand on the beach.
“That was nice of you,” he said carefully. “What happened instead?”
Embry hung her head. “I had an incident with the flour.”
Luke walked toward her, leaving floury footprints on the dark, tiled floor. Squatting in front of her, he brushed her hair from her face.
“I can see that, baby. But what, exactly, happened?”
Good question. She’d woken up determined to surprise him with a nice breakfast. After searching his well-stocked pantry and refrigerator, she found all the ingredients necessary for blueberry pancakes. She pulled everything out that she would need except the flour. His pantry had tall pull-out cabinets, and the flour sat at the top of one. She’d poked around until she located a step stool. She used it to reach the flour, but the stool didn’t give her enough height. Stretching as far as she could, her fingers grazed the tip of the package. She hoped she could knock it over into her arms, but the flour toppled into her chest before it fell to the floor and exploded.
“I was going to make you blueberry pancakes, but I knocked the flour down from the top shelf of the pantry, and it kind of exploded.”
His eyes traveled around the kitchen. An inch of flour covered most of the surfaces, including Embry. He brought his eyes back to her and wiped at a smudge of flour on her cheek. “I kind of figured that part out.”
She glared at him, grabbed his arms, and pulled, causing him to fall to the floor in a cloud of white powder.
He narrowed his eyes and tackled her, pinning her arms above her head and hovering over her. “Really, Bree? You sure you want to play this game? You’ll lose.”
Never one to back down from a challenge, Embry wiggled beneath him, trying to pull her arms free. “Bring it on, Brody,” she said, her voice husky.
His mouth found hers, and he released her arms, giving her free rein to explore his body. She ran her hands over his muscled back, up his arms, and into his hair. Just as she was starting to enjoy herself, he pulled away. Before she knew it, he had pulled her back to her feet.
“All right,” he said, clapping and making flour fly. “Pancakes. Let’s do this.”
Embry stepped toward him, softening her eyes and sticking out her bottom lip in a perfect pout. “I’m not interested in pancakes anymore.”
R.E. Hunter is a native New Yorker and lives on Long Island with her husband and their monster kitty. She works as an attorney by day and writes whenever she can. As an avid reader and writer, she’s excited to be on this crazy journey publishing her debut novel, Undone, this November. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her somewhere near
a beach. She loves traveling, road trips, concerts, photography and good wine.