I know what you’re thinking. It’s unconventional to want a man nine years older than you. It’s inconvenient to crush on your dearest friend’s older brother. It’s silly to pine after a man for six years. It’s cliché to lust after a celebrity. It’s pathetic to fall in love with a man who barely knows you exist.
I know what you’re thinking because I’ve thought it all, too. And yet that hasn’t stopped me from wanting Blake Campbell. Charming, gorgeous, brilliant, kind, selfless – Blake is everything I’ve ever wanted, but he doesn’t see me that way. In fact, he hardly noticed me until one night.
Traumatic events brought us together for the first time, but then he tossed me aside. I know it’s irrational, but I wanted him up until the moment he left me lying there alone.
When his eyes finally open and he finds out I’ve left, will it be too late?
Note: Pressure Point is a standalone novel, though characters from New Point make appearances.
Stella has had a thing for Blake since the moment she met him, but she’d never dare act on it. His little sister Zoe is her best friend, and many people have used Zoe to get closer to Blake. Blake is famous, you see. He has money and power and people constantly try to get a piece of him.
Stella has vowed never to be that person. But when tragedy strikes Zoe, it throws Stella and Blake together for one night where they both give into the desires they’ve tried not to act on for years. But one night is all it can ever be…or can it be more?
If I had to sum up this story in one word, it would be intense. This book covers the span of years, and that entire time the chemistry builds between Stella and Blake. They want each other, but think they can’t have one another for various reasons. It really keeps you reading to see if they eventually give in, and if they stop getting in their own way to see what could be wonderful between them. I thought they both were in their own heads too much, and inevitably they assume things about each other that are frustrating. It’s the classic story line for books like these and I found myself as a reader becoming increasingly frustrated with the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I liked them…but they really needed to get over themselves a bit. I did like that they story was such a slow build, and that it spanned a long period of time. That really invested me in the characters and the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will definitely check out the other books in the series. 4 stars.
“Stella, please wait.”
I know my heart is at risk. It’s tottering on the edge of a cliff, and a stiff wind could send it over the edge. He has the power. To scar me. To break me. To destroy me. But the moment that he murmurs my name, I relinquish control.
“Why?” I choke out. “Who are you? The nurturing big brother? The loving, compassionate guy I’ve come to know, or the conceited prick using me for my body? You know what; don’t answer that. I can’t do this anymore.”
I take a few steps back. Heartache, my steady companion, reappears. Without the distraction of his touch, I’m reminded that it’s bitterly cold outside and a stark shudder rolls through my entire body.
“You’re cold,” he mutters unhappily and shrugs off his suit jacket. Before I have a chance to argue, he drapes it around my back. Blake’s large hands settle on my upper arms and begin to rub vigorously.
“Why does my temperature matter?” I ask the question to this collarbone, refusing to make eye contact with the man who continues to torment my emotions.
“Stella –” there it is again, my name on his lips is tremendously distracting–“I want to start over with you.” Another shiver cascades through my shoulders and he makes a pained expression. With an arm anchoring me to his side, Blake leads me back through the door of the club and into the secluded hallway. I wrench out of his grip and put some much-needed distance between us.
“Start over with what?”
“A first date, we’ll need one of those.”
“You’re not making any sense, Blake.”
“It’s pretty simple. When a woman captures all a man’s attention, when she’s the only thing on this mind, he takes her on a date. Then another and another and another until he can convince her to be his.”
The words make my body go rigid in disbelief and my heart slow in my chest. I let my eyes fall closed as I shake my head back and forth. “Don’t say things like that to me, Blake.”
Even though I can’t see him, I sense him getting closer. Then his knuckles trail down my cheek in a whisper of a caress. “I won’t stop, Stella. This is going to happen and we’re going to do it right. That night last month… I don’t regret what happened between us because I wanted you.” His voice drops into a husky murmur.
Olivia Luck lives in the middle of America with her loving husband and her obsession with writing. She wrote her first romance novel at age eight. When she’s not reading, editing, or writing, you can find her in the kitchen learning to cook. Olivia loves to travel and spend time with her family.Get in touch with Olivia, she adores emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
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