Sometimes, love comes with a price…
The past is always gonna try and bring you down, but you gotta fight. Fight hard for what you love. Fight to win is what twenty-two-year-old Dominick Anderson believes, but his life is a struggle. Growing up with an abusive father has made Dominick slow to love and trust, and he relies on his brother Kevin to keep him on a straight path.
Dominick fights his demons every day, every night. Now a sophomore at the University of Washington and working a steady job at a mechanic’s shop, Dominick wants to create a better life and find the future his father never wanted him to have.
Dominick suppresses his identity and feelings until he meets Denise Ramsey. Smart, stunningly gorgeous, and sharing his love for motorcycles, Denise is everything Dominick longs for in a girl but knows he can never have. When a past love threatens her life and brings out Dominick’s suppressed dark side, he must decide if she’s worth the risk.
Alright my lovelies, I am coming back from my small reviewing hiatus with a book that hits every single feel with an epic impact. Literally from page two my gut was in knots. I couldn’t wait to share this brilliance piece with you all, but at the same time I was sitting criss-cross applesauce, staring at my Kindle, trying to find words. I might be an author, but this book leaves me STRUGGLING WITH ALL THE WORDS.
So let me begin with a confession, I am a tense snob. Yeah it’s a thing. On the whole (yes, of course there are exceptions), I’m not a fan of first person, present tense books. Some stories defy my personal preferences, but on the whole, this isn’t my first choice.
Y’all… listen to me. Ms. Long’s writing was so deep and luscious and wonderful I was TWENTY-TWO PERCENT through the story before I even realized that it was first person present. And I didn’t even mind. Gracious, this was such a well-written piece that I found myself hating Ms. Long just a tiny bit out of complete author jealousy. No really I kinda want to be her when I grow up.
But as for the story itself, I’ve come across so many alpha assholes in romance that when I met Dominick… I was a goner. He restores my faith in chivalry right along with his leading lady Denise.
But listen, listen, LISTEN!! These are not simply two jaded people in their early twenties. They’ve each walked an incredibly hard path (Dominick will forever and always have a room in Lily’s Home for Broken Boys) that is conveyed in a beautiful, respectful, yet heart wrenching way. They each have a way to magically heal the other with love and understanding…
That is right up until the demons from Denise’s past make themselves all too real in the present and Dominick’s carefully restrained monster breaks free of its chain to come to the aide of the woman he loves.
Can y’all tell I adore this story?
I can’t wait to dive into the rest of this series BUT in the meantime, I’m gonna need y’all to grab this book, read it, then message me because I NEED SOMEONE TO SQUEAL WITH!!!
In case you couldn’t tell, I highly recommend this story. Not only is it an absolutely delicious read, I am beyond grateful to kick off Black History Month with diverse characters with depth and dynamic and… *happy sigh* just literally everything.