Rachel has always been seen as a wild child, never committing or settling down. She wants it that way, so that no one ever finds out the truth. Deep down, she is crushed over something that happened years ago that resulted in losing the only man she ever loved. Then she meets someone who tries to convince her that she’s ready to commit again. But some things are not what they seem. Realizing too late that she’s in over her head, and with her life on the line, she comes face to face with her past in a way she never thought possible.
Devin was in love once, and it destroyed him, making him swear off love forever. After a promotion and subsequent move unexpectedly brings him into the middle of her dangerous situation, he must come face to face with his past and to the woman who broke him into pieces. But she needs help. Desperately. And maybe, just maybe, he didn’t know the real truth of their past.
Can he help her survive the terrible ordeal she’s been through, and during it all, can he safeguard his heart from her? Or will the truth of the pain that has kept them apart show him that he can’t live without her after all?
I have to admit, I didn’t think LL could impress me more after reading Living Again but she has. Reaching Rachel was an emotionally gripping story that had me in tears and on the edge of my seat through most of it. I am so impressed with this author and this group of books.
Rachel has a secret, one she won’t even share with Kayley her best friend. Moving to the area five years ago she was trying to run from a break up with her one true love Devin. He left her due to lies, but she can’t tell him the truth. She just has to accept that he is gone and she deserves to be alone. On the anniversary of their break up she is in the bar, trying to forget when Justin comes to introduce himself to Rachel.
Seeing how one night stands are common practice for her, to help her forget Devin, she took Justin home, the problem is, he didn’t want to leave. This is when Rachel’s life gets dangerous and her life hangs by a thread.
Devin felt he know the truth, Rachel hurt him, lied to him and betrayed him, but his heart would never let her go. Moving to different cities in the state working for the law, he finally lands a job with the SWAT team. His goal had been reached; he just wishes he had Rachel to celebrate with him. Once he is settled into his new job, he is alerted of a situation that his team needs to rush to. Little did he know when the team makes their way into the house, his dream is drowning in the most horrific of situations.
As we see Rachel get the pieces of her life back together, Devin finds a place back in her life. She knows the truth of the past is going to have to come out soon, but how will he handle it. He promised to never leave her again, but can she count on that? Will he try to find justice for the wrong that others have caused him and Rachel?
This was one of the most heart breaking, emotional reads I have read in a very long time. I was glued to every page begging that those two would have a chance to start over again. I wanted both of them to find their dreams that had been taken from them so long ago. LL Collins is one of my all-time favorite authors because she brings us stories that will stay with the reader for a long time. Her characters become part of our soul, their stories part of our own lives. I could read this book over and over again and I don’t feel I would lose one once of emotion that LL draws out of me. I can’t even tell you how much I recommend this book. It will certainly be on my list of favorites.
Rachel lifted her face and pressed a kiss to her favorite arm her spot. “Devin, all of these years, I’ve been trying so hard to replace you, to make my mind forget by filling it with…men. But, every time, Dev. Every single time, I was disappointed. No one can ever be you because you are the only one for me. And to answer your question, yes. I’m more than okay. That wasn’t just sex, Devin. That was you, bringing me back to life. I want to do that over, and over and over again. And next time,” she rolled over to face him, a glint in her eye. “I want it like I know you wanted to do it this time. Hard, fast, and in whatever position you want it. We had some fabulous times together. Let’s do that again.”
“I want nothing more than to do it all,” Devin said, his voice low. “But don’t mistake what just happened for me just being gentle on you. I wanted to make love to you, to show you what you mean to me. I can tell you all day long, but I wanted you to feel it; feel me. My heart is beating only for you. My body is yours. I love you, Rachel.”
She climbed back on top of him, pressing her body against him. “Devin,” she said, her face even with his. Pressing kisses to his eyes, nose, then lips, her body started shaking. Why was this so hard for her? She knew it like she knew her own name, but saying it was so difficult for her. “I…” She dipped her head down and kissed his ear, running her
tongue along it, then his neck. When goose bumps broke out on his body, she grinned against his neck. Going back to his lips, she put her hands against his face and looked at him in the eyes. “I love your eyes,” she whispered. “And your face. God help me, that body is to die for. But Devin?”
“What I really love?” Rachel paused, willing her body to stop quivering. “Is you. I always have.” There, that wasn’t so bad. “I have since the night I met you, and I’ve never stopped. All this time, all these years, it’s only been you for me, Dev. I know we have shit to work through. But, I love you. I do. I don’t think there will ever be a moment where I’m not completely and totally in love with you.”
LL Collins is a teacher who loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and boys, reading, and writing. Her love of writing has found a home in the self-publishing world. Living Again and Reaching Rachel are available on Amazon Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks, in both eBook and paperback. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out and start writing and try to make her lifelong dreams of becoming an author come true. She has been a teacher for over ten years, a wife for 14, and a mom to two boys, 11 and 9.
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