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So we meet Michelle, a single girl trying to make it on her own as an artist and working in a gallery in SoHo. She is all alone with no family and only a handful of friends. Something happened in her past that keeps her closed off so that she can blend into the background. One fine cool morning, she goes off to get some free coffee from the new nearby coffee shop when a very handsome man starts conversing with her while waiting in line. He introduces himself as Hunter McAvery. The two have sparks flying all over the place but neither do anything about it. He does, however, buys her a cookie; it really was very sweet of him. As these two part, he wants to follow her but he can't bring himself to do it. See, Hunter has a troubled past himself and he has lived with that for some time. He doesn't think he has the right to be happy or to find love.
Luck would be on their side and the two would be brought together by unlikely third person, Alex's girlfriend Jacey! Alex is Hunter's older brother and since his birthday is just around the corner, Jacey wants to buy a painting for his office. Of course she has to drag Hunter along for his help and the two almost give up when they stumble upon the very gallery that Michelle works at. Although she isn't there at the time, Jacey leaves her number for her to call because she really loves her work.
Michelle and Jacey agree to meet at the bar so that Michelle can bring some of her work and see what would go best in Alex's office. And when she walks into the bar, Hunter is instantly smitten all over again. But of course, nothing ever goes as planned. Alex, who was supposed to be out of the bar looking at chairs, finds them in the office with the painting that Jacey has picked out. Alex exams the work and instantly requests, well more like doesn't take no for answer, Michelle paint a mural on one of the bar's blank walls. Michelle, of course, ends up taking the job which will last some time. She has never done a job this big but she is excited for the challenge. This also means that she will be spend a lot of time at the bar, and more importantly, with Hunter.
The chemistry these two have is electric but both try to fight it. Their constant will they won't they is intriguing and sometimes frustrating. But as their friendship grows, they begin to help each other get over their pasts. As Michelle begins to see her own strength, Hunter makes the decision to start living the life he really want. The only problem is that his new life is in California. Michelle and Hunter decide to spend the night together, just that one night, since he will be flying out on the morning. And boy what a night it is; a first time for the last time kind of night. So touching, so emotional. Oh the humanity, why must you do this to us Sandra! Get them together at last just to tear them apart!! ***cries***
But alas, Michelle and Hunter needed the time apart to realize what they really wanted... each other. Michelle is the one that ends up making the grand gesture and flies out to California. Of course there is a slight bump in the road, but after all make-up sex is grand! Awe, the perfect happily ever after beginning.
I am so totally in love with this book and with Hunter! And yes, I'd choose the taste of Hunter over a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie any day of the week!
Michelle and Hunter are both running from horrible things in their past. When they happen upon each other they both believe they have too much in their past to make anything work together.
Back to my first statement above.... *fans self* Boy were they wrong!
Thank you Sandra!!!
Michelle was introduced to us as a somewhat broken character. She had no family, she often had nightmares, she never took the subway, she didn't socialize, and her only friends were Chey and Miranda from the gallery. Eat, sleep and work were all she knew. And then a sexy, tattooed bad-boy walked into her life. I loved the heroine from beginning to end. Her past was revealed slowly, but she didn't elicit feelings of pity, nor did she speak to the people she came into contact with any discernible reservation. On the surface she appeared normal. Despite having a player-type show an interest in her, she didn't run away from him, but she didn't make it easy for him to get to know her either.
Hunter was a more complex, tortured character. He suffered from survivor's guilt over the loss of someone close to his heart. Hunter then followed in Alex's footsteps, drinking and sleeping his way through women, to escape his demons. By the time he met Michelle, he'd somewhat got his act together. It became evident that he wasn't really the player type. Of all the brothers, he was the softer one, the one most likely to make something more of himself. Throughout the story, he struggled heavily with moving on. Not just from the past but also getting out of the bar life and going back to his old job. I felt sorry for Hunter when Alex kept reprimanding him for something or other, or when Michelle kept catching him with some woman hanging over him. My heart broke for Michelle in those moments, and I wanted so badly to smack him upside the head.
If you're expecting a lot of sheet-gripping, sweaty sex from the get go, you'll be disappointed. Their attraction was instantaneous, but the progression of their relationship was a very slow burn. They got carried away a few times, but it never led to more. Instead, you're in for a wonderful development of a friendship where they opened up to one another about their ghosts, Hunter helped build her confidence through boxing, and whenever he f*ed up, she allowed him to explain himself. The sheet-gripping didn't happen until near the end, but it was so worth the wait and suited them perfectly. The ending was a tear-jerker. That had to be the saddest "ending before they even began" scenario I'd ever come across. But don't worry, these kids eventually got their act together for their HEA.
Alex turned out to be a decent guy in the end, and the tension with Miranda has me excited for their story.
*Complimentary copy provided by the author for the purpose of an honest review*
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