Release Date: February 2, 2015
I live for the pain; it’s what drives me to keep moving. But there comes a time when one has to push the demons aside in order to survive.
I thought I buried them deep. I thought I was ready to finally live. Until… my brother, Alex; he throws me into the fire—right into the place I could never control myself, the one place I never want to be again.
When I put my hands on people, they get hurt. Things happen that bring me back to that night. The one that will forever torment me.
I’m doing fine, keeping to myself in order to ensure no one gets hurt by me. Then along comes Lyric, and all I want to do is touch her, to put my hands in places that I know will only lead to her being crushed by me.
She’s the rush that I crave. The darkest of poison running through my veins, killing me bit by bit; like a drug I can’t get enough of even though I’m almost down to my last breath.
And being around her only hurts more, but what she doesn’t understand is that I welcome the pain; I get off on it, which in the end leaves me with the hardest decision of my life—one that might get us
Lyric steps away and laughs before walking over and stopping in front of me. She looks up into my eyes and licks her bottom lip. Her whole body is glistening with sweat now, and all I can think about is tasting every inch of her. “Dance with me, Memphis.”
I pull my eyes away from her lips and flex my jaw. As much as I want to put my hands all over, I need to fight it, but this fucking liquor isn’t doing much to help it.
She takes a step closer and runs her tiny, soft hand down my arm. “Just once. It’s not even a big deal. It’s just a dance. It’s not like I’m asking you to fuck me. I’m asking you to touch me.”
“You want me to touch you,” I growl. I roughly slide my hands over her hips before gripping her waist and slamming her up against the wall. Leaning in, I fist her hair in my hand and whisper in her ear. “Is this how you want me to touch you? Touching someone that I know always leads to them getting hurt.” I grip her waist tighter and press my body flush with hers. Her body trembles against mine and her breathing picks up as my bottom lip brushes over her ear. “I’m fucking tainted, Lyric. Running now would be your best option.”
She looks up into my eyes and wets her lips, fighting to catch her breath. “I. Want. You. To. Touch. Me. I’m not running anywhere.”
FUCK! Those words do me in.
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T Birds 4 Bare Naked Stars Review ****
What an emotional ride this story turned out to be. I was entrenched in the emotions and denials throughout the whole story. The frustration of Memphis pushing Lyric away would drive me insane, just as it did Lyric but I had the benefit of understanding why he was doing it. The moment the truth came out and I realized why I was so protective and forgiving of him and his refusal to be loved, my heart melted even more.
Lyric is a strong, take no prisoner kind of woman. She spends her time working in a piercing/tattoo shop and taking pictures. Her family life was never stellar yet she created a “family” with her best friend Bailey. Her world is about to take a sudden shift when the sexy tattooed man pulls up to the house next door. That house had been vacant for a long time, yet no one was able to rent it, so who was this man who suddenly appeared and will become the driving force in causing chaos in Lyric’s rather calm life. She never takes crap from anyone, they can shove her away, and she will stay. Men can make passes and advances and she will offer to serve them their prized body parts on a silver platter. She isn’t afraid to go after what she wants, express her feelings about things and she sees past the BS and into the soul of Memphis.
That sexy tattoo man, the one about to rock Lyric’s world is Memphis, fresh out of prison and on the search for his little brother Alex. He has a plan, get his brother and get as far away from this hometown as possible. Memphis use to fight, he thrived on the pain and he could beat just about any man who dared to walk into the ring. While he was sitting behind the bars of prison he realized his life was over as he knew it, his mother and brother were on their own, his future will forever have a black mark on it and his guilt is going to kill him if he doesn’t make a fresh start. Easy plan but hard to execute when he can’t find his brother at first and when he does, he realizes it isn’t going to be easy to leave. What he is running from is the one thing forcing him to stay. Now add the fact his heart needs Lyric but his head is telling him he isn’t good enough for her, we have an epic battles of wills that is going to lead to some fierce passionate tension.
Lyric sees the good in Memphis that he refuses to acknowledge and once you hear why he has kept himself in the mental prison it will break your heart. He is going to give her the courage to go after her dreams; she will have to give him a reason to believe he is worth loving and forgiving. Both are meant for each other and the journey they are about to embark on will claw at your heart. I really enjoyed this book, the story and characters. Alex is a fire cracker that you can’t help but love even though he is young and makes some dumb choices, you just get him. Memphis will make you swoon over him and be willing to fight to fix him. Lyric should be every young woman’s model of how to love a man and yourself at the same time. Certainly a book I would recommend to those readers who love a suspenseful, intense romance that is created out of emotions and not just sex.
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Victoria Ashley grew up in Rockford, IL and has had a passion for reading for as long as she can remember. After finding a reading app where it allowed readers to upload their own stories, she gave it a shot and writing became her passion.
She lives for a good romance book with bad boys that are just highly misunderstood and is not afraid to be caught crying during a good read. When she's not reading or writing about bad boys, you can find her watching her favorite shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter and True Blood.
She is the author of Wake Up Call, This Regret, Slade (Walk Of Shame #1), Hemy (Walk of Shame #2), and Get Off on the Pain. Victoria is currently working on more novels for 2015.