One horrible night changed everything.
And now, Paige can’t stop the nightmares. No one can…
When Paige Tomlin unexpectedly runs into Eli Stone one day, memories of that awful night don’t come crashing down on her like she thought they would. Instead, memories from when they were young and inseparable surround her.
The boy she rode the bus to school with every day.
The boy who picked her up and drove her around the first day he got his license.
The boy who told her his deepest secrets.
The boy who left her without saying good-bye…
The man who came back for her.
Thrown into a world of fear and confusion, they lean on each other for support and survival.
But is the one thing that brought them back together the very thing that will rip them apart forever?
✯✯5 Shiny Stars!!✯✯
Finally!! I been waiting for Bria Starr to come out with another book. I loved her debut book Your Exception and Downward Spiral was just as good. If not better. I loved the people in this story. We watch 2 people meet at the age of 12. Then, go from 12yrs old to present time. Bria had you feeling everything they did. As they were getting to know each other to hiding their feelings. To them innocently flirting. You will definitely think about your first love while reading this.
Paige and Eli meet when they are just 12yrs old and became instant friends.Paige is a major bookworm. Which I loved bc well lets face it. I'm one too. Eli is instantly intrigued with Paige. He gives her a comic book to read and from there on out they were besties.
Until high school that is. You know how it goes. When you meet someone when you guys are young. Then, when you get a little older you're group of friends change and then you start to drift away. That's Eli & Paige story. Eli becomes popular and Paige doesn't. Eli still cares for Paige and looks out for her from far away. But, when the night comes they hang out.
Eli's life turns upside down and totally pushes everybody away. Including Paige. Paige knows he's hurting so she accepts it knowing that at least there will be college. Until there wasn't. Eli leaves without a word.
Fast forward a few years. Paige and her best friend/roommate Laura go out for the night. While at the bar she's faced with her past. There is Eli & his oldest friend Patrick. Next thing the 4 of them know their lives are turned upside down never to be the same.
Now, Paige has sever nightmares. They all are dealing with PTSD in their own ways. Paige has been dating Corbin. Who is the only person I hated in this book! Corbin doesn't understand what she's going through and doesn't try to understand.
Eli ends up at the restaurant Paige still works at since she was 16. After agreeing to go to his house that night for a get together/BBQ things get crazy. Corbin 1st insists on going. To then not wanting to go. But, she always has to go to his work functions to be his arm candy/trophy girl. Then, acts like a over jealous, obsessive boyfriend!
Move over Corbin because here comes Eli Stone!! Eli and Paige understand each other. On so many levels! From childhood. To what they went through that horrible night. Eli in his own way starts to help Paige heal. When I tell you I love Eli.
Eli & Paige are meant for each other. Eli loves Paige with everything he has. He lets her know she's beautiful and how important she is. It's always been Eli for Paige. Once these 2 get back in each others life. Thing's move pretty quick. That doesn't bother me or surprise me. Some people belong together. Eli & Paige are those people.
Bria did such an excellent job with this story. I love how she gave us the stuff that impacted them the most in their earlier years. The good and the bad. It made me really connect with them. Even at the worst time in their lives, they'd do anything to protect the other one. You will absolutely love this story.
DeAnn pops her perfectly curled head of short blonde hair in. “Someone’s asking for you out front.”
“What’s the matter? What happened?”
“Nothing that I know of. I assume it’s a friend of yours?” She’s unsure because she knows I don’t really have any friends besides Laura, and she knows her well from the time she used to work here.
I walk out to the dining room and look around for a face of recognition. DeAnn comes up behind me and points towards the far window in the back. There’s a small group of teens sitting there, your typical high school crowd. They’ve always seemed to favor this exact table throughout the years.
I approach them and smile. “What can I help you with today?”
“Is that her?” I hear one of the other girls ask her. I look over at her but she’s looking at the girl in the middle who is wearing a smirk on her face.
I politely ask again, “Is there something I can help you with?”
“Are you her?” she slyly replies.
“I’m the manager here. Is there a problem with your order?” I motion to their half-eaten plates of food.
“Are you the hero?”
I stiffen. “I’m no hero. Just a manager.” I want to smack that snotty look off of her face, but I continue to smile.
“I just wanted to see you. We all did. You’re nothing special.”
My patience is running thin. “No, I’m really not,” I reassure her.
Her eyes darken and her lip curls up in a grin as she quietly says, “You know he’s going to come back for you, don’t you?”
My body stiffens and I fold my arms across my stomach, suddenly feeling like I’m going to vomit. “If that’s all you wanted, I have work to do. Enjoy your meal.” I smile as I turn away and walk through the restaurant, trying not to run and draw attention to myself. When I hit the hallway, I scurry, the tears starting to form.
“Fucking kids,” I whisper after I shut my door. I squeeze my eyes shut and take a few deep breaths. It’s been a long time since anyone has dared harass me. But never here. I’ve gotten the occasional comments and questions, but no one brings it up anymore. It’s been six months for crying out loud.
Bria Starr grew up in a small town in Minnesota and continues to live there with her husband and two kids. She’s a stay at home mom who is very close with her family, loves junk food, and is always cold. Her favorite things include reading books, writing, listening to music, and watching too many movies.
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