Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.
She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.
Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the past sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.
I'm all about second chance romances and I knew I'd be in for a treat with this one. It's been a while since I've read the Wait for You series, so I definitely need to do a re-read. However, this one was a much-needed read to delve back into the world of not only this series, but the works of JLA.
Oh, Jillian. Pretty sure I liked here from the very beginning and as you learn about her past, you can't help but just admire her. But that one night that completely changed her life, pieces of her taken away from her, but most of all, she lost someone she deeply cared about, Brock.
And then years later, Brock is thrown back into her life and she can't but wonder what the hell is going on? There's obviously something more going on to this reunion than what's being said; as the story goes on a little by little, things will be revealed. Past Jillian and Brock are completely different than present. Jillian has walls that she put up for the right reasons, she wants to make more of her live. She came back to work for her dad, and surprise, surprise, someone else does to.
Brock is back in Jillian's life whether she likes it or not, and he's quite persistent on being in her life. Man, is he ever! He really doesn't give up. I totally side with Jillian, I don't know how could ever forgive someone like Brock or just want him back in your life. There were times where I simply thought was just trying too hard, but Jillian, bless her heart, never gave in too quickly. And I would do the exact same! You gotta earn it, buddy.
However, I did love their story and just seeing them repair their lives together. It's evident that the love between them is so deep. You definitely can't change the past, even though I'm sure Brock would if he could. But then we'd probably have a very different story. In order for them to move on, they had to relive the moments that happened between them. As painful as it was, they made, emotionally so. It had me at tears!
I'm sad to see this series come to an end, which means that re-read is well overdue. Their story tucked on my heart so much, Brock may have not been my favorite, but I loved Jillian. She endured so much and came out the victor! It's completely admirable.
Another well done, Armentrout!