Unexpectedly thrust into a whirlwind romance, Bree thought her relationship with Drew could withstand any obstacle thrown their way. Excited for the future, everything she thought she knew came crashing down in one horrible night. Forced to re-evaluate her feelings, Bree is left alone with a heavy heart and the realization that Drew’s nightmare changed everything.
The effects of his trauma once again surfacing, Drew had no idea how volatile his actions were until it was too late. He must work to rebuild trust with everyone around him, all while participating in vigorous therapy and being separated from Bree. When a once-in-a-lifetime career opportunity presents itself with impeccably poor timing, Drew has some tough decisions ahead.
Can he heal the wounds his past has created and quiet the demons that haunt him? Can he repair the damage done with his love or will he give up?
Discover if it’s all too much and Drew ends up…
Author’s Note: Tapped is a continuation of Totaled, the first book in the Totaled series. It is highly recommended to read these books in sequential order. Due to mature content, profane language, and sexual situations, this book is recommended for ages 18 and up.
Something told me to walk around to the back and my legs took me. I followed the skinny path within the dunes and sea oats on the side of his house until he came into view. Standing with his back to me, he watched the water as the sun rose higher and higher above the horizon, the colors beautifully framing his silhouette. He turned his head ever so slightly, I guess sensing that I was there, and then turned around completely.
I was unable to take another step for a few seconds as we stared at each other. His posture relaxed, relieved to see me before him, and he advanced toward me. I walked forward, my stomach in knots of nervousness, and he matched me step for step until we were mere feet apart. The salty sea breeze blew violently around us both, coming off of the crashing waves and onto our skin. The second we entered each other’s space, my world went silent. I didn’t hear the water or smell the ocean. I didn’t feel the wind on my face or the sand under my feet. I was only in tune to him.
He swallowed hard, his eyes sharp and assessing, darting around my face as he took me in. They roamed and finally settled on my cheek just underneath my left eye; his shoulders fell as he exhaled. His right arm reached for me, stopping midway and then slowly continuing up, his eyes asking for permission. I lowered my chin and leaned into him as his fingertips grazed over my skin, tracing the scar he had given me. My eyes closed at the intensity of the moment.
He moved a few inches closer and cradled my jaw in his hand, urging me to open up and look at him—to really see him. I did and his eyes brimmed with tenderness and compassion. I looked into them, trying to memorize every shade of green, every fleck of gold, not knowing what the future held. I just knew that if I was never able to lay eyes on him again, this was the image that I wanted to remember. My gentle and loving Drew, normally stuck inside a giant, rough exterior, was now exploding out, his shrapnel penetrating my soul.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 4 “Redeeming” Stars ~
Tapped is the second book in Stacey Grice’s series. This book is a continuation of book 1, Totaled. Tapped takes off right where Totaled ended. This is NOT a standalone book. You definitely need to read the first book before going into this one or you will be completely lost.Just like in Stacey’s debut book, I thought this book was an enjoyable and emotional read. For only being her second book published I think Stacey did a fantastic job completing Bree and Drew’s Journey. This book deals with a serious subject matter, such as PTSD. I thought Stacey did an amazing job getting the reader into the head of a person who suffers from this disorder and what they go through on a day to day basis. She accurately portrayed that when dealing with PTSD you have to remember that it isn’t a quick and easy fix….it’s not a sprint but a marathon. But as long as you have loving, loyal and supportive people around you can get through anything. My only negative with this story, is that I was hoping to see more of Drew and Bree together. I wanted to see them happy together for more of the book. It’s hard to explain what I mean without spoiling the storyline, so I guess you’ll just have to read the book to understand what I am saying 😉 This in no way took away my enjoyment of the book.Like in book 1, Tapped is told in Dual POV. I think that was the right direction to go with this story, because we really needed to be in both characters heads to appreciate everything they are going through. Drew and Bree do not have an easy road ahead of them in this book. They definitely have a lot to overcome and work out. I have to say that I really loved Bree in this book. She was such a strong character. After everything that happened in book 1, she never faltered when it came to her love for Drew. No matter who told her to move on and forget about him, she wasn’t willing to do that. I loved watching her be his rock in this journey. Drew was such a broken soul in this book….it was heartbreaking watching everything he went through and all that he had to overcome. I was glad to see that even after a small time of weakness, with the help of therapy, he was able to get things back on track for him and learned to love himself and realize that the things in the past weren’t his fault.
We get to see all the same secondary characters in this book. I have to be honest and say that I trouble with a couple of the secondaries in this book. Pat (Bree’s Father) and Sue (Bree’s BFF) I really wasn’t happy with them for the majority of the book. Pat was just an overbearing parent, that I thought Bree should have told to stuff it. She was an adult and he treated her like she was a teenager. I understood why he reacted the way he did, but he also needed to learn to let her go and make her own mind up. I was glad to see that Sue eventually came around, but I still think she was a little hard on Bree and Drew also. I would’ve liked to learn a little more about Liam in this book. There were questions raised about him in my mind while reading this book and I don’t feel they were every really answered. It’s not anything that is bothersome, I use felt more could’ve been revealed about his feelings during this book.
I would recommend this book/series to anyone who is a fan of a MMA story. I think everyone should give this author a shot, because I know that I will continue to read whatever she publishes.
I am a mother, wife, Registered Nurse, avid reader, and most recently pursuing taking my own writing to the next level. I appreciate honesty but not cruelty, a wicked sense of humor, and a good cup of coffee, blond with enough creamer to coat my tongue yellow.
Being an astute people watcher and having an extremely judgmental mind gives me constant inspiration for my stories. But my characters, like many authors, are conceived from actual people in my life. A hodgepodge of personality traits, real world instances, and conversations that I have directly taken part in are the foundation for my fictional world.