Grant is damaged, selfish, and undeserving of love…or so he thinks.
Jessa is happy, in love, and has overcome her past…or so she thinks.
Grant and Jessa can’t stop thinking about one another since being introduced at a party a month ago. And despite their differences, they can’t seem to stay away from each other either. However, both are hiding secrets of less-than-perfect pasts, fearing what will happen when those mistakes come to light. As they grow closer, they each battle their own insecurities, and neither believes that they are worthy of the kind of love that they both still want. So if it’s true that opposites attract, what happens when the similarities begin to surface?
Once the game ends, I politely stand up to say my goodbyes. After hugging all the women and shaking all the men’s hands, Jessa says she’ll walk me out.
“What are you doing for the rest of break?” she asks as we continue to take steps to the front door. I can’t help but feel that my time here has gone by too fast tonight.
“I have to work but other than that, not much of anything,” I answer.
“Well, call or text me and we can get together,” she says casually when we reach the door.
I grab my jacket and turn back toward her. “You do the same, I’ll be around,” I inform her.
“What are you doing for New Year’s?” The hesitation in her voice makes me hopeful.
“I usually meet one of my buddies in their hometown, but this year I don’t have any plans,” I embarrassingly admit.
“Well, you do now. I have a friend who’s throwing a party. Why don’t you come? Brady and Sadie will be there too,” she says. The way her fingers fiddle with her multiple ear piercings is adorable. I wonder if it’s a nervous habit. The thought that she’s uneasy asking me, makes my lips turn up widely in response.
“Alright, do you want me to pick you up?” I pray the desperation in my voice goes unnoticed.
“No, that’s okay. Rob will be home, so you can meet us there. I’ll text you the address.” Just like that, the excitement of a date with Jessa vanishes.
“Sounds good.” I open the door, displaying what I imagine is my fakest smile. “See you, Jessa,” I say, waving my hand.
“Hold up, Grant,” she calls out. When I turn around, she wraps her arms around my neck and pushes herself against me.
I quickly back away, after the briefest and most awkward hug ever. Regret consumes me automatically when I see her questioning face, but the last thing I need is her feeling how excited she can make me just from a simple hug.
“Merry Christmas, Grant,” she softly says, nervously biting her lip. This girl has so many different personalities I’m beginning to wonder who the real Jessa Harrison is.
“Merry Christmas, Jessa.” I turn around, walking down the steps. I desperately want to turn around to see if she’s watching me go, but I can’t bear the thought that she isn’t. The chance that she might have shut the door right away kills me. Turning the corner after walking through the small wrought-iron fence, my willpower weakens and I glance up to the door. To my surprise, she’s still standing there. I give her a quick wave, and she smiles at me before waving back. When I turn around, I can’t stop the huge grin that absorbs my face. Yeah, I’m not the only one feeling something here.
Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
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Sadie Miller is attempting to change her ways and hide somewhere no one knows her former self. She only wants to finish her final year of college, obtain her degree, and get out from the hold of her affluent parents. Then she meets Brady Carsen, the lead singer of The Invisibles, a local band popular with the college crowd. She tries to stay away but quickly realizes that, although he might not be what she’s used to, he’s exactly what she needs and more importantly, everything she could possibly want.
Unfortunately, Sadie’s troubled past left her with insecurities that make her question Brady’s true intentions. And while Brady is convinced that Sadie is the one for him, he has his own secrets that he fears will be their undoing. If they want to be together, they will have to stand united and fight the outside influences that are threatening to tear them apart. Can they put their pasts behind them for good in order to secure their future?
WOW!!! Am I allowed to give more then 5 stars??!! Because, 5 stars doesn't seem to be enough for this book. I absolutely LOVED book #1 Don't Let Go. (my review here) But, I must say I think I'm in love with Grant & Jessa MORE then Brady & Sadie. I really can't believe I just said that!!
We start off exactly where book 1 ended off. Jessa just moved into Brady's house, along with Sadie & the rest of The Invisibles band. She's dating Rob. You remember him. The asshole that always gave Sadie crap when she first started dating Brady. We'll Jessa is with him. Nobody knows why. I honestly don't think Jessa knows why half the time. Other then she told him her past & why she transferred schools & he doesn't hold it against her. Poor Jessa doesn't think she'll find another guy who will accept her!
Grant on the other hand. We know from Don't Let Go that his mother died. His father ran off with Brady's mom. Which was why they didn't speak for awhile. We do find out that Grant has a secret of his own. A secret that makes him think he's damaged. He's sworn off relationships, women more then a 1 night & love.
Everybody decides to go to a New Years Eve party. When Rob and Emily (Grant's date) disappear. Grant & Jessa end up sharing a midnight kiss that has them confused & messed up for days after. Grant makes his mind up to stay away from her. He refuses to mess with someone else girl!
Rob decides to ditch The Invisibles to go on tour with another group. Brady calls Grant & he agrees to play with them to help them out last minute. Grant shows up praying Jessa will show up. Jessa shows up & is shocked to see Grant on stage playing guitar. She's instantly turned on even more. Esp since she's never seen Grant this happy & free.
Grant & Jessa FINALLY decide to take the next step. Which I was beyond happy about. Because their chemistry was unbelievable!! Once they got together everything seemed right. They both were able to let their awful pasts stay in the pasts. Somewhat!!
I love that when thing's got hard between them, they both had people to talk to. Grant would have Brady. Brady's dad Mr. C who's still in rehab. But, Grant visit's him every week. He also has a box of letter's from his mom. Which every letter she wrote made me cry!!
Jessa would talk to Sadie & Trey. Oh Trey, how I love him! I'm super excited he's getting his own story next!!
I'm not going to give a lot away. I will tell you that over the weeks, months of Grant & Jessa's relationship. They both have demons in their pasts that they must over come. They both must trust each other enough to tell each other the truth. They have obstacles that will test them. Grant & Jessa must decide if what they have between them is real. They have to figure out how real their love really is. Trust me you'll LOVE this story as much as I did!!
"God, what you've done to me. I can't screw another girl anymore. I can't sleep without you invading my dreams. I can't get those lips out of my mind."
"But Grant, if you honestly can't give yourself a hundred percent to me, then don't say yes. I've been in half-assed relationships my whole life, and I'm not about to go into another one."
"It's not just your looks Jessa. You're the most beautiful thing I've ever seen,. It pours out of you when you walk into the room. People can't help but notice you.''
"Yes, Jessa. It's not your hair, your tattoos, or your piercings. You have such a big heart and you love so easily. I'm envious. I didn't fall in love with the way you look; I fell in love with this part of you." I move my hand over her heart.
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