Don’t Deny Me, Part One (Don’t Deny Me #1) by Megan Hart


 Alice and Mick had it all: the happy days, the heartfelt evenings, the hot, slow nights. But Mick couldn’t give her what she needed, and in a moment of crisis, they lost everything. Torn apart, Alice tries to pry him out of her life and move on—until a not-so-chance meeting at an old friend’s party brings them face-to-face once more. Now they’re talking again, Alice can’t escape the burning in her chest whenever he’s near, the way his eyes still follow her around the room…but she won’t repeat the mistakes of her past. Passion alone is nothing to build a life on. Or is it?
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23453900-don-t-deny-me-part-one?ac=1
WOW! I’m already hooked. Don’t Deny Me: Part One has set the stage for this three part serial novel, with the author giving just enough information about Alice and Mick to know that despite a short but rocky relationship, there are still VERY strong feelings between them ten years later. I loved how Ms. Hart uses letters (sent and unsent) between Alice and Mick to reveal parts of their past. And while conversations between them and some of their friends during the weekend anniversary party for Bernie and Cookie (two of their mutual friends) reveal more details, the actual cause of their breakup has not yet been revealed. Mick accepts that he was largely responsible for the demise of their relationship a decade ago, and yet still seems to make some of the same mistakes during the weekend gathering. Despite his inability to communicate and his penchant for screwing up things with Alice, I liked Mick’s character because it’s clear that he does love her. I actually felt really bad for him when they were watching the old home movies and he had his epiphany about how much he had hurt Alice with his actions ten years earlier. I’m torn between cheering him on and telling Alice to run while she can because I don’t yet know why their relationship ended with Alice telling him she never wanted to see  him again. Add to that well written mystery, some hot and heavy make-out scenes and you’ll know why I’m ready to jump into Don’t Deny Me: Part Two now.