With his thick southern drawl and seductive charm, Luke is the country boy everyone adores. He has his future mapped out, but his plans with Olivia are suddenly derailed when she makes a decision that blindsides him, changing the path they both envisioned.
As Luke struggles to keep everything in check during a difficult time in his life, he must put his trust in the one person who broke it to begin with. The last time they saw each other, Olivia busted his heart wide open, turning him into the man he is today.
When Olivia returns to her roots, just like Luke said she would, he is shocked for more reasons than one. Nine years have passed since they’ve seen each other, and when their roads collide unexpectedly, Luke can only push his worry and misgivings away for so long.
Things are different now—they are strangers—and the rope that once bound Olivia’s heart to South Fork, Georgia is pulling her back in, forcing her to remember how it used to be all those years ago.
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
I don’t like writing 3 star reviews. In my opinion, they are the hardest. Mainly because there is still a lot of the story that I enjoyed, but there are things that I just couldn’t get past, and held up my reading progress.
To tell you the truth, Luke and Olivia’s story bored me at times. I know, that sounds weird considering this is a second chance love story with a lot of hurt mixed in, but it’s true. And you want to hear something crazier….are you ready for this?? There were too many sex scenes!! I know, I may have lost my mind for saying that, but I had a hard time connecting. I felt like all they did was screw, and never talk. But I guess that’s what caused their issues.
“We’re living in a generation where lying is the new truth, loyalty is a tattoo and love is just a quote. Goodbye, Care Bear.”
Then in the middle a little twist was thrown in that is not talked about in the synopsis, so I won’t talk about it except to say that Olivia handled it badly. What was she thinking?? I wanted to smack her in the back of the head for her actions. Lol!!
“She may not be in love with him anymore, but she sure wasn’t dead either.”
So, as you can see, this story brought out some frustration in me, but that I loved! I love getting all emotional about the characters. I do have to say that Luke was my favorite character here. Yeah, he might could have handled things a little different at times, but for the most part he was just the right amount of alpha and teddy bear 😉 And the songs he sings about and to Olivia…swoon 🙂
“Would it always be like this? Would there ever come a time when she’d be able to listen to one of his songs without feeling anything at all?”
Now there is one last thing that I must address…the flow. The flow, the POV’s, and the past and present all kept confusing me. I would go back and reread some parts because I just couldn’t grasp who was talking or how we had gotten to that part of the story. There just wasn’t enough of a break when scenes would change. But, that could just be me.
In my opinion, 3 star books are still good books. And we all know the things that don’t work for me may work great for another reader 🙂 Happy reading!!
“Nate,” she groaned with a sigh. “There can’t be anymore dates between us. I’m sorry, but this is the one and only date. I had a great time tonight, but this is it.”
“How about you let me decide that,” he said in all seriousness.
“No. We can’t. As much as I enjoyed myself tonight, this is it. No more. Don’t you see the lines we’re crossing?”
Olivia’s forehead wrinkled with concern. How was it that he didn’t have a drop of worry? Was he only thinking about himself?
“I do see that,” he said moving in closely, “but I don’t give a fuck about any imaginary lines, Olivia. I want you, and I’m pretty sure you want me too. So what’s the problem here? And don’t give me that patient/doctor shit. I told you I would switch doctors. What’s your problem? You can’t deny the chemistry between us. It’s there. It’s pulling at us both and you know it. I can read your eyes and see it. It’s been there since the day we met. Don’t deny it.”
Olivia glanced around the parking lot. Deep down she wasn’t sure if she was ready to put herself on the line again, but by the deep undertone he used, she knew Nate was fuming.
“I don’t have a problem with us. What I do have a problem with is you finding a new doctor. Dr. Thatcher is the best.”
“I understand,” he answered staring down at her, “but you diagnosed my problem and it seems like an easy one to fix at that. So I could switch doctors with no issue. Nate-3-, Livy, still 0. Go ahead. Give me another reason, Liv, and that will put me at 4 points and you 0, because you know I’ll win that one too.” He formed his fingers into a ‘0’ as he said it with a know-it-all-defensive-fucking-try-me attitude.
Shit. She was all out of reasons, not that she had many to begin with. She was holding back. Her one gripe was the fact that she was his doctor and he just blew that argument out of the water.
Olivia didn’t want to get hurt and feared she would. It was a gut feeling she didn’t want to ignore. She was afraid to be around Nate. He managed to knock down some of her walls, expose her layers so early on and she wasn’t used to it. No one other than Luke had done that to her. She knew she’d fall hard for him, but not until she was ready to on her terms. When the time came she would let go and love again.
“Stop,” he ordered.
“Stop thinking so hard,” he demanded with a drawl. “I can see it spinning in your pretty brown eyes.” He was just an inch away from her now and breathing down on her.
“I see what you’re doing, finding ways to say no,” he whispered. “You’re so easy to read, Liv. I know you already in this little amount of time. I paid attention to you, your body. Your incredibly sexy body that I want so, so fucking bad…” Nate trailed off, growling under his breath as he slid an arm around her lower back and pulled her up against him.
“Stop looking for an out,” Nate insisted.
“Nathaniel,” she whispered. “I can’t.”
“Says who? You? You’re the one fighting me on it right now, Liv. Don’t tell me you don’t feel it between us. Just let go and give us a damn try.”
Lucia currently resides in South Florida with her brainy husband and wild kids who drive her up a wall. There’s never a dull moment in her hectic world, but Lucia wouldn’t change a thing. Luckily she has a strong man to stand by her side and combat the craziness with her. YOU’LL THINK OF ME is not her first book, but it’s the first one she’s completed and likes. The others will come at a later date.