Lyla's a person who's very soul has been damaged, not by the death of her boyfriend, but what she see as the ultimate betrayal by Alex. She's closed herself off to every person she's come in contact with since she left Alex. It's almost as if she holds every person up to the standard she held Alex to and includes his betrayal in there as well, assuming they will hurt her just like Alex. What was truly interesting with Anna was underneath all the hate she's been harboring for Alex was the need to love him with all her being...no matter what.
Alex had given up his playboy ways when he met Lyla. He fell head over heels for his best friend's girlfriend while helping her grieve. She was the only woman he'd ever loved and he was devastated when she left and even more so when she wouldn't let him apologize or explain what had happened. For Lyla, he changed his ways and vowed that he would get back the woman he truly loved.
Throughout the story, we witness the reuniting of Alex and Lyla and how they deal with being around each other after five years. While Alex plots ways to be near Lyla and win her over, Lyla does what she can to avoid him because she can feel her anger and resolve slipping. Their emotions seem to leap off the page at you and draw you into the middle of their relationship. I found myself wanting to do whatever I could to convince Lyla to give Alex a chance.
This story was only 115 pages, but it most definitely was the most emotionally challenging and engaging 115 pages I've read in quite sometime. I was absolutely captivated by both characters and didn't want it to end.
Lyla has to move on. She’s been stuck in a rut since her heart was broken five years ago. Trying to decide about life with her fiancé, Nick, she resolves to finish one last project before moving to Spain and starting a new life. That is until she is face to face with the one man who broke her heart all those years ago, Alexander Knight.
Five years ago, when Alex and Lyla meet at his friend, Andrew's grave, they fall deeply in love. But, Alex is hiding a secret that will destroy his relationship with Lyla and does. What Lyla doesn’t realize is that Alex has changed since their break-up, because of her love, only she still has hate in her heart towards him.
But now, fate has brought them together in such a way that they have no option but to remain dangerously close - dangerous enough for Lyla to fall in love with him again. How can she? Not after what she knows about Alex and what he did to Andrew.
It’s true that love can change people for the better. But is it enough? What will happen when two broken people with a past come together? Can they forgive and heal?