mesmerizing gaze and searing touch still invaded her every thought.
Declan James had just one rule when it came to women. Keep it simple, and never linger. That all changed the moment he met Leah. Even across a crowded bar, he could tell she was different. Sweet, with just the right amount of sass, she made him break his golden rule and now he couldn’t walk away.
When casual becomes anything but, and emotions run deep, will Leah and Declan fight their fears, or let old insecurities tear them apart? When Declan’s past comes roaring back in a way neither of them could have expected, will they stand united or be torn apart by the challenges that lie ahead?
It was only supposed to be one night, but only forever will do.
Berg is a California native living in the South. She’s married to her
high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful girls that drive them
batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will most likely
find her curled up with her iPad reading, in a yoga studio or devouring
“Well, that’s up to you, Hotshot.”
“Yep. Cocky attitude, arrogant disposition, and sexy as fuck–it’s a good nickname.”
“All right, so what are your terms, Leah?”
I fought back the urge to
touch her. Stuffing my hands into my pockets, I paced the room in a vain
attempt at keeping myself from just saying, Fuck it, and pinning
her against the wall before she could lay down any terms or
requirements. Because whatever she was about to say, I was going to
agree. She didn’t know it, but she had my balls in her perfect little
hands, and I was at her fucking mercy. I both hated and wanted her at
the same time. She made me feel out of control and weak with need. I
couldn’t stop the pursuit, and I couldn’t walk away.
“I will not be an easy fuck
whenever you get too lazy to find a new bimbo for the evening. I will
not allow you in my bed, wondering where you’ve been and what kind of
sloppy seconds I’m getting,” she declared.
Then, she said the one thing I never wanted to hear.
“I want to be exclusive
with you–for however long we decide to do this. I don’t care about
labels or dates. You don’t have to take me out to dinner, bring me
flowers, or buy me anniversary presents. The only thing I ask is that,
for the time we are together, you are mine.”
“Yes,” I answered immediately, surprising us both.
“Yes? That’s it? No counteroffer? No freak-out or temper tantrum, Declan?”
“No, Leah, no temper tantrum. Just one request.”
I joined her on the sofa. My thigh brushed hers, and I heard her breath falter.
“And what’s that, Hotshot?”
“Make it two,” I amended.
“First, the same rules apply to you. While we’re together, for however
long, you’re mine, Leah,” I purred against her ear.
Her eyes widened, and her
breath became ragged, giving me a quick sense of satisfaction because
I’d broken through her calm and collected exterior.
“And second?” she asked timidly.
“Don’t fucking call me Hotshot.”
We met Leah and Declan in “When You’re Ready” since they are friends with Clare and Logan. Leah and Declan hit it off in the first book and this story is 6 months after “When You’re Ready”.
There are so many things about this story that makes me love this story. Leah’s compassion for her father, even though he is an idiot. Declan’s need for Leah even though he isn’t sure he wants to be committed in a relationship. The surprise that happens to be revealed during the course of this story and how Leah and Declan handle the situation, both as an individual and as a couple.
I loved seeing the updates about Clare, Logan and Maddie. I can’t wait to see whose story we get next, but I am hoping it is Clare’s brother!