Ryan Chase left Fairbanks, Alaska, when she was 21 years old to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Somewhere along the way her dreams of stardom crashed and burned, along with her life. Thirteen years later she is forced to return to Fairbanks because her unforgiving and emotionally-distant father has suddenly died. Ryan seizes the opportunity to not only escape her abusive husband but to be able to attend her best friend's wedding. What could go wrong? It's only Fairbanks, Alaska... While wishing she was anywhere but her father's funeral and wake, Ryan is struck senseless by a stunning, drop-dead gorgeous man. Her thoughts turn carnal and she desperately wants to know him in every way-and position-possible. There's only one problem... He's the devil's spawn. He's the one who marked her for life. He's the kid she used to baby-sit. And he's hotter than hell! Shea Michaels has loved Ryan Chase for most of his life. After surviving an unspeakable childhood, he became a man of whom she could be proud of...if she ever came back. Now that she's returned, Shea pursues her with a vengeance, undaunted by the thirteen year age difference that Ryan uses as the shield between them. Confusion, guilt and lust bombard Ryan as she battles the memories of the little boy she used to know while still being drawn to the heart-stopping man he has become.
I started reading this Friday at lunch time and could not put this book down. I was captivated by the story of Shea and Ryan. The age hang up, I get that, especially when the woman is older than the man. Do I think it would be a challenge? Yes, but all good relationships have challenges.
Ryan Chase's life just turned upside down. Her father died and she is running from a mistake in NYC. When she gets home to Fairbanks, Alaska, its just like she remembered. Nothing changed and that is why she ran in the first place. Now back to take care of her late father's life, she reunites with her best friend Trina, and Trina's little brother Shea. Shea who worshipped the ground that Ryan walks on. But the age gap between them keeps Ryan at arms distance from Shea. But he is working his magic on her. At Trina's wedding to Quinn, all bets are off the table, when Ryan succumbs to Shea. Can this work?
This story is filled with ups and downs between Ryan and her past, Ryan and Shea, Shea and his past. It's heart breaking in some areas and in other's I kept waiting for Ryan's past to jump out of the closet and strike like a Rattlesnake. Some times the story between Trina and Ryan dragged, I didn't care about them, I cared about Shea and Ryan and if things would work out for them. Trina was an afterthought to me, but still an important part of the story. The chemistry between Ryan and Shea is great, it's what every girl dreams of in a man, ok, maybe not every girl, just me.
I'm anxious to read book #2 in this series, Shea's POV!! The Reason I Breathe