Mike Haddican is a proud small-town gym owner, a renowned karate instructor, and all-around good guy. He’s never needed much to be happy: his family, his friends, his girl. Especially his girl. But when Kyra left him seven years ago to chase her dreams, she all but destroyed him.
Contemporary dancer Kyra Brims made it big, but it cost her dearly. With her life and career in shambles, she doesn’t need a do-over, she needs a friggin’ miracle. Injured, broke, and out of options after going through hell, she’s come back to Alden, the town she swore she’d never return to and home of Mike Haddican, the man who ripped her soul to pieces, to lick her wounds and recover.
Forgetting and letting go proved impossible when they were worlds apart; now that they’re stuck together they don’t stand a chance, especially with Mike’s grandma and her partners in crime plotting, meddling and refusing to give up on them.
As the passion that never died burns out of control, so do old hurts and unresolved issues. Both have reasons to be angry and feel betrayed, but now that they’re older, are they wise enough to make things work?
“I haven’t forgotten a single thing. I remember it all.”
I am of the opinion that Elle Aycart is trying to make us all self-combust by simply reading one of her books! I’ve read and loved her books in the past but NEVER have I found a book to be so incredibly arousing that it not only kept me hot and bothered page after page, but I was also genuinely ‘into’ every single sizzling scene in it. Mind you, this is not a book for the prude folk out there – we have a very dominant and rather kinky alpha male in the house who is not afraid to voice his wishes, and every time he opens his mouth, something so mind-blowing comes out of it that you will either blush like a schoolgirl or want to start a fan club. But do not be fooled, this is not a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am-on-repeat kind of scenario – at the core of this mouth-watering book is a tender love story of second chances, one that stays with you long after the bookish afterglow is gone and you’re back breathing normally. If I told you that I loved this book, I’d be lying because I WORSHIPPED every word in it and plan on revisiting it whenever I am in dire need of a skin-tingling read.
“He didn’t want to want her, but his body hadn’t gotten the memo yet. Seven years and he was still pining for her. Still getting hard at the sound of her voice.”
Mike and Kyra were childhood sweethearts, each other’s first and only loves, but while Mike grew up in a large, loving family, Kyra was a foster child who dreamed of leaving their small town and making a name for herself as a dancer. With very different plans for the future, they part ways, heartbroken, bitter, angry with each other, and for seven long years their paths never cross again.
“I wanted to see the world. He wanted to keep me chained to the foot of his bed.”
Now a world-renowned dancer and mother to a beautiful little girl, Kyra seems to have achieved every dream she has ever had, but in reality, her dreams have cost her sorely. Forced to return to her home town to recover from an injury and a painful divorce, Kyra is no longer the same vibrant young woman she used to be, the past seven years having left her broken and vulnerable to the world around her.
“Humiliation is looking at that kid of hers, that beautiful baby girl who looks like the love of your life and wishing with all your heart she was yours and not some f*cking asshole’s. For six years I’ve hated him for being the father of the kid that should have been mine.”
Mike has never stopped aching for the woman who left him behind, his hurt having turned into an anger that reignites every time he thinks of her. Having her living again in their small town and avoiding her on a daily basis proves to be a challenge, only exacerbated by the well-intentioned meddling of the ‘Original Grandmas’ – the four town matrons who have decided to play Cupid. Pushed into each other’s arms, time after time, Mike and Kyra initially fight their feelings for one another, but their bodies have very different ideas in mind.
“Let me have you tonight. I took your virginity, baby. All you know about pleasure you learned from me. I know how to make it work for you, how to do you right. I know what you like. And how you like it.”
It all starts with a dance, a kiss, and before they know it, no amount of self-control can keep them apart. But seven years of resentment and what-ifs have left their mark, both now afraid to surrender their hearts once again while they willingly surrender their bodies. And, oh my God, what sweet surrender it is… The sexual tension, the submission to each other’s wildest fantasies, the passion in every single touch, are of the charts. I literally had to force myself to take deep breaths during some of those scenes. Just hearing Mike speak before, during and after sex would have been more than sufficient for me, but then Ms Aycart had to go and give us a beautiful love story as well and I was totally and utterly in book junkie nirvana.
“Tell me to leave… Tell me to get the hell out of here… If I stay here, I will f*ck you.”
This has got to be one of the best examples of erotica and romantic fiction merging together so flawlessly to give us a sexy but deeply emotional story to lose our minds over. Mike and Kyra are two characters who might have missed their happily-ever-after when youthful pride and dreams of greener pastures made them blind to what they already had, but life has taught them that second chances are rarely given, especially when the prize is the only thing they ever truly wanted in life. This became one of My Favourite Books even before I finished it, this story, these characters, this new series being everything I seek in a steamy read.
“I love you, Kyra. I was born to love you. It’s always been you. I’ve tried everything, believe me, to change that, but I realized at the end that I will die loving you.”
After a colorful array of jobs all over Europe ranging from translator to chocolatier to travel agent to sushi chef to flight dispatcher, Elle Aycart is certain of one thing and one thing only: aside from writing romances, she has abso-frigging-lutely no clue what she wants to do when she grows up. Not that it stops her from trying all sorts of crazy stuff. While she is probably now thinking of a new profession, her head never stops churning new plots for her romances. She lives currently in Barcelona, Spain, with her husband and two daughters, although who knows, in no time she could be living at the Arctic Circle in Finland, breeding reindeer.
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