Sometimes life leaves a mark.
Most days, Andrea doesn’t know whether she wants to kiss Tanner or punch him in the gut. He is seriously hot, with legit bedroom eyes and that firefighter body of his, but he’s a major player, and they can’t get along for more than a handful of minutes. Until now.
Tanner knows he and Andrea have an epic love/hate relationship for as long as he can remember, but he wants more love than hate from her. He wants her. Now. Tomorrow. But the more he gets to know her, the more it becomes obvious that Andrea has a problem. She’s teetering on the edge, and every time he tries to catch her, she slips through his fingers.
Andrea’s life is spiraling out of control, and it doesn’t matter that Tanner wants to save her, because when everything falls apart and she’s speeding toward rock-bottom, only she can save herself.
Sometimes life makes you work for that happily ever after…
We met Andrea and Tanner in Frigid and even then you could tell you they had a love/hate relationship.
So I was super happy to get a book about them.
Andrea and Tanner aren’t friends, they are more like acquaintances. Tanner knows Kyler and Kyler is dating her BFF Sydney so they have to, sometimes, get along.
They snipe and bicker at each other and when Sydney tells Andrea that they are all going to go away for a week you just know sparks are going to fly.
A few nights before they go out and like usual Andrea gets drunk, this time is different though. Tanner gets jealous when Andrea receives male attention and he steps in.
On the trip up to there week away Tanner and Andrea call a truce to their bickering. But Tanner wants more from Andrea… as his feelings for her come at him all at once he won’t stop until Andrea is underneath him…
Andrea has her own demons and even though she knows she should talk about it all she doesn’t. She bottles everything. When Tanner says he wants her she can’t quite believe it but things get hot and heavy between them and Andrea can’t cope.
She spirals out of control and she’s having the worst attack she’s ever had.
Things get worse though and Andrea won’t accept help, until something happens that makes her change her ways.
But she’s convinced Tanner won’t want her when he finds out the truth. Can he convince her that he loves her for who she is?
Andrea was a character I could relate to whole heartedly. She doesn’t think she’s good enough or worthy enough. She knows she’s not relationship worthy and she has problems she won’t talk about. She’s curvy. Her stomach isn’t flat and her thighs rub… everything a guy wants obviously! She’s wanted Tanner for a while and has crushed on him hard. So when he starts paying more attention to her she can’t quite believe it. Why would he want her? To help with her problems, Andrea self medicates with alcohol. Which makes her forget everything.
Andrea doesn’t want to speak her feelings aloud because then it makes everything real but when Tanner says something to her in an argument, Andrea has a massive anxiety attack and she’s mortified that Tanner saw her. She knows she needs help but when they get back home and is alone with her thoughts and drinking… something happens that makes her change her life.
Tanner. He’s hot, just like every JLA guy haha. I loved how Tanner loved Andrea for who she was. Her body shape didn’t bother him, in fact he loves her curves… a lot.
And even though Andrea has a lot of problems that doesn’t bother Tanner either. He wants to help her. He wants to be there for her. He’s the guy I need! He waits for her to open up and his heart breaks when he sees how she acts and behaves when she’s had a drink. Her attack is an eye opener but he still doesn’t run. In fact he gives her space and lets her sort herself out and tells her he’ll be there for her. However long it takes.
What I loved about this book is how JLA touched upon depression and anxiety and how it makes people feel. She delved into the mind set of people and I found myself bonding with Andrea because all the things she’s felt are things that I’ve felt or are still feeling.
This book gave me hope that someone is out there for me who won’t be bothered about my depression and anxiety. Just like Tanner is with Andrea.
Yes this book was slow in some parts and was different from Frigid but that didn’t matter. She brought to life a subject that not many people are familiar with or don’t understand. She made it easier for people to spot those signs.
So thank you JLA for putting depression and anxiety in a book and thank you for giving those who suffer from it hope. Hope that we can get over it and hope that there is a guy like Tanner out there for us.
5 out of 5 stars