My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Love is ugly and secrets will destroy you.
I don’t beg.
I don’t cry.
And I don’t give second chances.
Ream, the lead guitarist of the rock band Tear Asunder, deserves a gold medal for best dick move ever when he ran the moment he discovered my secret after two days of hot sex. Then he brings some chick to my coming home party from the hospital—after being shot.
I hate him.
Ream’s six foot two frame unfolds out of the car after being gone on tour for eight months. I stared. And in my defense, any girl would stare. It would almost be rude not to because Ream was the type of guy who stood out. Not because he was loud and obnoxious. No, it was because he was the complete opposite. Subtle and dangerously quiet. If he spoke, you’d better hope he liked you because otherwise you’d be falling at his feet begging for mercy. Except me … I don’t beg—ever.
But when our eyes locked, it was Ream’s steady confidence that had my nerves shooting off like jet sprinklers.
Ream told me he didn't need a second chance because he was still working on his first.
Sex is ugly. It’s using someone for your own narcissistic pleasure. I did it, but hated it—until her. She was unexpected. Then I had to wreck our beginning with my screwed up past. I don’t deserve her, but I’m selfish and I’m taking her anyway. This is who I am and it’s too late to change me.
*Warning contains violence, sexual content, and coarse language. Some scenes may be triggers. Mature audiences 18+
★★★★ 4 'Overwhelming' Stars!
"We detonate the second we touch."
"Yeah, in flames."
"No, into shrapnel."
From the moment I met Kat and Ream in the first book of the series, I've been interested and highly anticipating their story. They seemed to have so much history already and I couldn't quite figure out what happened that would cause so much tension between them. The first book in this series, Torn from You, was one of my favorite "darker" reads of last year and once again Nashoda Rose delivers a captivating, heart wrenching and unputdownable read that kept me on the edge of my seat until the final page.
**WARNING: Review contains SPOILERS for those who haven't read book 1 in the series yet!!**
At the beginning of the story Kat and Ream have been living at the farm for about two weeks and they've just started to become a bit more than "just friends". But, Ream doesn't do relationships and he makes it painfully obvious to Kat that, despite his inner feelings for her, there's never going to be more between them. They get into a fight and shortly after Ream leaves on tour with his band, Tear Asunder.
Now, approx. two years later, Ream's back for good and he's again staying at the ranch. Obviously, this causes a lot of trouble (and sexual tension!) between him and Kat. They still have unfinished business. Yhey both said hurtful things to each other and Ream is determined to fix things and find out if there's really a possibility of a future between them. Kat is the first woman that makes him feel anything in the first place. She's the first one that can make him forget the painful memories of his sordid past.
"You make everything ugly inside me beautiful, Kat."
Even though Kat tries to fight it, she too, feels something more for Ream and after a while she decides to give them another shot. In the meantime, their witty banter sure made for some entertaining conversations and steamy scenes.
And just when I thought things were going to be okay, something else happened that threw all my expectations out the window. The final 25% of the story were the most action-filled and suspenseful and they made it seem like nothing was ever going to be alright again. Ream's past is so much more complicated than I thought and finding out all the details really made me feel so sorry for him. They showed just how strong he really was for having overcome those events and for having found the power to move on with his life.
"Second chances are for when you're done with the first. I wasn't done. I'll never be done. I don't need a second chance, beautiful. Not with you. You're my first chance."
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Kat and Ream's crazy beautiful story. At the beginning of the story I wasn't that big a fan of Kat and Ream seemed like just another rock star man-whore, but I couldn't have been more wrong about them. They both made so much progress throughout the story and despite their own personal demons they complimented each other perfectly. It was fun catching up with Sculpt and Emily and all the other side characters and I'm already looking forward to the next part of this series!
"Baby, you're the safest place I've ever been. You're the only place I'll ever belong. And you belong with me."
**ARC courtesy of the author, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review**