What's life without a little risk?
Or a lot of risk, if you're Sebastian Carlisle. He'll never live up to the legacy of his dead brother, so why try? Being the wild child in a family of stuck-up rich snobs suits him just fine.
Until he meets Micah Burke, and everything changes.
Micah's got too much going on for a relationship. Even if he could trust Sebastian, a distraction—a sexy, reckless distraction with a death wish—would only derail his carefully scheduled life. If it were just Micah, maybe that would be fine, but his mother and sister depend on him, and he can't let them down. Or at least that's what he tells himself.
A hot moment leads to a hot night leads to a connection neither of them are ready for. And when a crisis hits Micah's family hard, Sebastian will have to shed his bad-boy image and decide whether he can be the man Micah needs—and Micah needs to decide whether he'll let him.
My friend and fellow blogger Todd assured me this was a "fairly sexy and hot read," and indeed it was.
Micah and Sebastian are both so lonely, it hurts. Micah takes care of his rebellious 14-year-old sister and quadriplegic mother, works two jobs (one at a nursing home), and takes courses to earn a nursing degree.
Sebastian parties and chases adrenaline to escape. He's charming, reckless, and wild, but as soon as he lays eyes on the serious, intense Micah he can't let go.
These MCs have both been through more in their 19 years than I have in twice as many. Both have suffered loss and heartache. They are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin: they bury their emotions and put on a brave facade, even as they wither away inside.
Micah, scared to count on anybody but himself, pushes Sebastian away again and again. But Sebastian won't give up.
This book has serious feels. I cried unabashedly at the end. Don't panic. There's a strong HFN!
I particularly liked gruff Charlie, a Korean War veteran, who gives Micah such a hard time at the nursing home but takes an immediate liking to Sebastian who's willing to stand up to him.
Charlie gets it.
"Eventually the mask will crack. When you play a role for too long, it's hard to know who you are. If you take off the mask of your own will, you'll finally fly free."
Trust, family, make-out sessions in the front seat of an orange mustang, and HOPE, no matter how reckless: these things matter; let go and fly.