When Garrett Andrews finds something that catches his eye, he goes after it, letting nothing stand in the way of what he wants to possess. The first woman to arouse his heart could be the one person who helps him to finally open up and feel again.
Laurel Hart was a swimming champion until a frightful event and unknown health issues derailed her career. With a recent degree from MIT in Bio-Medical Engineering and an offer to join one of the leading innovators of medical equipment in the world, she plans on making a new life for herself; letting nightmares from her past stay in the past, or so she thinks.
Neither of them wants to date, but she finds herself drawn to him and Garrett uses every excuse to be near her. Laurel’s afraid to let anyone get close, but finds solace in his arms. Garrett is finally able to be himself around someone. Together, they discover a connection that manages to soothe both their souls and starts opening them up to new possibilities.
Once Garrett finds out about Laurel’s past, all rules in regards to “relationships” are changed, because one false move could drive her away. He attempts to calm her nightmares and gain her trust so he can show her who he really is and the relationship he desires from her.
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I read this book over a few days. It sucked me in, but I was able to linger over Garrett and Laurel. Laurel is graduating college and looking for a job. She has had some unpleasant experiences over the last year and when Garrett offers her a job in Florida, it sounds too good to be true. Garrett is mouthwatering! He softly takes charge, caring for Laurel during her health difficulties. He takes care of her emotionally and satisfies her sexually in ways Laurel didn’t think were ever possible. Garrett and Laurel have secrets and painful pasts that will take more than love to overcome. Unfortunately, they aren’t even dating!
Although I had several parts of this book that I fell in love with, one of my favorite parts was when Laurel was talking to her roommate, Hannah about Garrett. “For the first time, I felt a strong, burning passion deep inside me. Hannah’s eyes grew big with my disclosure. A moment later she was smiling widely. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear you’re really into him Laurel and from what I’ve seen, he’s totally smitten with you.”
About the Author
Cynthia P. O’Neill grew up in Clewiston, Florida and moved to Central Florida to attend college. There, she married her friend, love, and soul mate and still resides with their amazing son, and a feisty, four-legged little boy.
In her books, Cynthia draws on her background in healthcare and business, along with her husband’s engineering knowledge.
Cynthia currently writes on all levels of Romance. The Remembrance Series encompasses Young Adult, with a touch of Paranormal activity and a hint of Historical romance. The Learning Series is for those who like a little more steam with their books, falling into the categories of New Adult, Contemporary and verging on Erotica, with a hint of suspense.
She tries to make her writing very personal and close to her heart. Regular life is the inspiration for her books, but her imagination takes them to new heights, opening up possibilities that would normally not exist.