by Julia Sykes
Release Date: July 31st
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It was supposed to be one wild night in Nashville. Another night flirting with strangers; another night pretending I wasn’t desperately lonely. I met a man with pain in his eyes and lies on his lips. A man even more isolated and damaged than I was. For one passionate night, we held together the broken pieces of each other’s souls.
When he shows up in my life months later, it can’t be coincidence. I don’t even know if he gave me his real name, but I crave to learn more about the enigmatic man who set my body on fire. He told me he does things that haunt him to keep people like me safe. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and terrible secrets in his heart.
Indulging in our intense connection could leave me more broken than ever, but I can’t help hoping we might find a way to heal each other.
I thought I no longer believed in soulmates, but this damaged, scarred man could be my happily-ever-after.
His keen gaze took in the tears that spilled down my cheeks. “Are you all right?”
“No, I’m not all right.” I couldn’t stop myself from railing at him. He’d stripped me raw. And then, he’d abandoned me. “I haven’t heard from you in weeks, and now, you think you can just show up here?”
His brow furrowed. “I told you I’d come back for you. I came as soon as I could.”
“Right. You couldn’t come sooner because of your job. Because of your secrets.” I ran my fingers through my hair. “I can’t handle this.”
My heart couldn't handle any more. It had been shredded beyond repair long before I’d met Scott. Somehow, he’d worked his way into the tattered gaps and ripped them farther apart.
“You left me.” The accusation hitched in my throat. “You’ll always leave.”
He reached for me, wrapping his arms around me so I was trapped in his embrace.
I shoved at his chest, but I rested my cheek against his shoulder. My mind told me to push him away, but my soul told me to cling to him. The intimacy between us was too sweet to resist.
“Why are you doing this to me?” I asked on a strained whisper.
His hands stroked up and down my back. “Because I’m a selfish bastard. Because I can’t stop thinking about you. The way you taste; the way you fit in my arms; the way you understand me like no one else does.”
His fingers curled beneath my chin, and he tipped my head back so I was caught in his intense aquamarine stare. “I can’t stay away from you, Addison.”
“Then don’t,” I begged.
About Julia Sykes
Julia Sykes is the USA Today bestselling author of the Impossible Series. She has always kept dark stories tucked away in her mind, so she was thrilled when she discovered that other people actually want to read them. Her books blend romance, suspense, and BDSM.
You can usually find Julia in Starbucks with a venti iced coffee clutched in her hand (two pumps of mocha, liberal half and half). If she's not in Starbucks, you will find her with a glass of prosecco in hand, probably reading Harry Potter. Again.
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Addison is trying to find a reason for living after going through an abusive marriage and an even worse divorce. She is an erotic romance author caught in a depressive stage of her life and blocked from writing. In her loneliness, she seeks human interaction by going to a local bar late in the evening, in hopes to be able to interact with other adults and minimize her despair. This is where she meets Scott.
He is mysterious and yet so alluring. Addison can tell right away how introverted he is as if he were unable to share any part of himself. What little she is able to glimmer from their conversation, Addison realizes Scott must be in the military and work for a division where he is not allowed to share any information about himself or his work. What starts as a one night stand becomes more.
This is a story of two lost souls who are seemingly beyond reprieve. They somehow find a link that is seldom found by regular people. The question is will this be enough? Will they be able to overcome their pasts and make this a permanent relationship?
This is a haunting and erotic story that will leave you with a book hangover. I can hardly wait to read the conclusion coming soon!
I am voluntarily reviewing this book. Thanks to the author for sharing a copy with me.