I just wanted to snatch up Charlie and put him in my pocket. He's an alpha in the developmental stage and he was just yummy. Envisioning his future using the edicts decreed by his older brother and father, he's operating at a disadvantage and doesn't even realize it. He's a one and done no-strings kind of guy as a result and doesn't quite know how to handle Ever when he meets her. He thinks of her as a unicorn since she is of the same mindset. But does Charlie really know his mindset?
Ever too is a product of a dysfunctional family. Her entire matriarchal line think of themselves as "mistresses" only and strive to make no emotional connections as a result. Too much pain in an emotional tether. Rules laid down are to be followed to emerge emotionally intact. When Ever's mother has a revelation and shares it with Ever, it unleashes a crossroads in Ever's thinking that she struggles to understand. And there's Charlie.
My take away was be careful what lessons you teach your children. Both Charlie and Ever carry baggage that isn't their own, and as they unwittingly fall in love, neither are equipped to see it for what it is. It takes tragedy to make the point, and their relationship is rocky but also sweet, not to mention steamy in the extreme. And the kicker is neither of them classify what they have as a relationship. I enjoyed the peripheral characters immensely and look forward to reading about their journeys. A wonderful read that kept me entertained from start to finish.
You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone…
Police academy cadet Charlie Burns can’t believe his luck when the gorgeous blonde he meets in a bar murmurs those magic words: “Nothing serious, ’kay?” Mind-blowing, no-strings sex with Ever Carmichael—it’s the holy grail of hookups for a guy who’s too busy following in his law enforcement family’s footsteps to think about getting serious. Charlie’s all about casual…that is, until Ever calls it quits and his world tilts on its axis.
Ever knows that when you control the relationship game, you can’t get played. But for the first time, she wants more than short-term satisfaction. Step one: end her fling with commitment-phobic Charlie. Step two: sacrifice herself to the ruthless NYC dating scene. Yet everywhere she turns, there’s Charlie, being his ridiculously charming self. No online match or blind date compares to the criminally hot cop-in-training, but they’re over. Aren’t they?
If love is a four-letter-word, why does the idea of Ever seeing someone else tie Charlie up in knots? Now he’s desperate to win her back…and a little date sabotage never hurt anyone, right?