In the dim light, I find my clothes on the floor, discarded along with his. As quietly as I can, I pull my skirt on, grab my clothes, and slip out the door. I look down at myself, in his t-shirt and my rumpled skirt, and smile. I totally earned this shirt.
My eyes adjust to the light as I determine the path of least resistance. At the end of the hall is a set of stairs. If I go down the stairs, I don’t know what or who I’ll run into. My heart races at the thought. At the other end of the hall is a door that looks like it leads outside. It might just be my saving grace. I’ve never done the ‘walk of shame’ before, and I don’t want to start now.
I cringe when the door loudly slams behind me. The narrow, steep steps look like those of a fire escape, and I hesitate for a second. But a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.
I take one more look behind me and breathe in a deep, calming breath of air. After making sure it’s all clear, I throw my stuff over the side, watching it land in a heap on the ground. I turn around and begin backing down the ladder one foot at a time. This is it. I’m going to fall to my death and embarrass my parents who still think I’m a virgin. They’ll never get over it. I can’t believe I’m doing this. I’m so stup- Oh, thank God, my feet are on the ground. I will never do this again.
I turn to grab my clothes and run straight into a brick wall. A brick wall of muscle and strength. And it smells so damn good… so familiar. I close my eyes as my heart jumpstarts itself. When I open them, I find myself face to face with a smiling Declan.
“Going somewhere, Liza?” My name sounds sexy rolling off his lips, but I hear it there… the smugness.
“What’s it look like?” I stand straight, my chin high.
“Liza, I distinctly remember telling you I’d take you home, and that’s what I plan to do.” He crosses his arms over his chest, his eyes traveling down my body to my bare feet and back up again. So damn smug.
“And I remember telling you that’s not how this works.” Let the record show that no one tells Liza Jane Nichols what to do.
*Review copy received from the author for an honest review*
5 “Declan White” Stars
Finally!!! I have been waiting for Declan’s story. As much as I love a bad boy like Brody, I also fell hard for Declan and his giving, patient, and heartwarming ways. My heart was broken for him in Choices, so naturally I needed to see him get his HEA. And that HEA comes in the form of a red boots and red lipstick wearing girl with a few issues….Yikes!!!
“It’s like a train wreck. I don’t want to watch, but I can’t help myself.”
So, I got nervous as I was starting this story. I couldn’t handle seeing Declan get his heart broken twice and I had my fingers crossed that the author wasn’t going to do that to me. But, I was pleasantly surprised by where this story took me. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard to be in his head at times, and hear how he felt about Quincy, but I had no clue Declan White had another side to him. One that I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed 😉 It made this bad boy addict a little giddy to know he could break out of that polo shirt every once in a while, and enjoy himself.
“Naughty? Oh, I love that word coming from his mouth.”
Then Eliza (AKA Liza), I liked her. She made some bad calls and I didn’t totally agree with how she handled some things, but for the most part she was good to Declan. As good as she could be considering her circumstances. The progression of their relationship, if that’s the correct word for it) shocked me. When I thought of Declan’s story, I thought of all the sweet things, such as flowers and romantic dates. But, it wasn’t like that and yet I think I loved it even more. Love is work and these two proved they had what it takes to fight for it.
“Sometimes, forgiving is something you do for yourself. Forgiveness sets you free.”
So, as you can see, I really enjoyed this continuation of the Choices series. And I am very hopeful that we can get Seth’s story very soon!!! I am anxious to see what is going on with Seth, and I felt like Hope sorta started his story, and there will be more to come soon 🙂
If you haven’t already started this series, I highly recommend it!!