Her world was shattered and broken.
Damaged … is how she viewed herself.
Untrustworthy … is how she viewed men.
Taylor never expected to open her heart to anyone. Nick is a player, in every sense of the word, but finds himself doing anything to earn her trust — including fighting the demons she harbors inside.
Is he the clarity she’s been seeking, or will her past push him away?
What can you say about a romance where the athletic playboy finally meets his match in a woman? Nick was supposed to be getting physical therapy from Taylor for his ankle so he could get back to his baseball career, but what he found instead was the one woman in this world that wasn’t melting at his feet when he entered a room. He hated early mornings, wasn’t sure who was going to end up in his bed from the drunken night before and he was used to getting everything he wanted. No one ever told him no. He could even use his fame to get past the security guard and find Taylor in her office so why was it so difficult to use his charm on her and get her to fall at his feet?
Well Taylor wasn’t your normal woman. She grew up in small town junkville with a mother who was drunk more often than not. She had one boyfriend who took what she most valued away from her and left her broken, shattered and vowing to never trust another person, especially a man. Now that she is rooming with her best friend and has a great job as a physical therapist the only real challenge in life is getting enough sleep and keeping her roomie Kate from harassing her about not dating or going out. That is until she meets her new patient Nick. Not only does he rub her the wrong way from day one, he continues to hound her for attention that she isn’t willing to give.
Poor Nick tries his best to woo her but it seems everything he does falls apart before it even gets started. He even sends her to the doctor with an allergic reaction and she wonders if he is trying to kill her. The humor is ever present in this story and made me smile on more than one occasion. When Nick finally gets her to open up to him about her fears and past he is even more determined to prove to her that she can trust him and he will protect her. As usual though, things keep popping up and just when you think this is the final straw for Taylor she realizes that she has more than annoying feelings for Nick, he could be the one she is falling in love with.
The story has many twists in it and I haven’t covered hardly any of the scenes that will frustrate you, melt your heart or have you laughing out loud. The writing style is very smooth and makes it easy to sit back and enjoy the story. I will say I was getting frustrated with the back and forth of Taylor but it wasn’t long before I noticed this wasn’t the normal cut and run we are used to in books today. Where fear is what made her run, with each event he was able to earn a bit more trust and forgiveness from her, building to the ending that will make you glad you finished the book and experienced the story. I give this book high recommendation for an enjoyable romance that will touch your heart and make you believe in love and patience once again.
Tears are cascading down my cheeks now. The pain and sorrow of speaking about it has taken over. Admitting I want nothing more than to forget should have me feeling shameful for giving up, but instead the admission has me feeling some sense of relief for standing up for myself. It’s all I ever wanted from the moment I left that small town. To forget and never look back.
“So he just wins?”
“He only wins if I let the action of what he did to me rule my life.”
“It should have never happened,” Nick repeats.
“This is why you need to walk away, Nick.”
We both remain silent after I state the words. A grim atmosphere overtakes the entire room for the next several minutes. My heart has always been broken, but knowing Nick may heed my words and walk away has me dreadfully holding my breath, preparing myself for the heartache to come.
“Is he why you’ve been pushing me away? Because you think that way of yourself?”
“Yes,” I rasp out. “Trust is still the hardest thing for me to do. It’s easier to not trust, than to have it broken,” I announce to him, trying to swallow the lump that is sitting in my throat.
“That’s all you’ve ever expected from me, isn’t it? For me to break your trust?”
Closing my eyes, I laugh humorlessly. “You’ve already done it several times.” He seems puzzled as he takes in my answer. “You don’t take orders very well,” I remind him.
He grins, the simple turn of his lips lightening the despair surrounding us.
“That was before I realized just how important you are.” His confession has the dark walls surrounding my heart slowly shattering. “I’m a determined man, Taylor, and I’m determined to earn your trust,” he declares.
Placing his hand on my cheek, he says, “I can’t explain it, Taylor, but since the day I met you I knew you were different. You were someone I knew I couldn’t let go of.”
My once shattered heart is slowly mending. The sympathy he was giving is replaced with affection, and suddenly I want to fight to hold onto it.
“All I ask is that you give me a chance to earn your trust, Taylor.”
Gabbie is a Southern California native, who lives with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.