I fell in love once.It was amazing. She was amazing. Life was amazing. I lived for each time I could see her, and nothing else mattered, not that our families were enemies, our time together was forbidden, or we had to meet in secret. Our love could conquer all.
Until it didn't.
So I was ripped away from the love of my life and shoved into hell, forced to continue without her. It shattered me, broke the best parts of me, left me permanently damaged. Or so I thought.
Years later, I swear history’s trying to repeat itself because she’s back in my life, and I’m just as drawn to her as I was before. But I'm older and wiser now, and I know she should stay away from a worthless ex-con like me. So, I will not let her in. I absolutely refuse to hurt her. I will keep her away.
Then again, sometimes risking your greatest fear to get to a smile makes everything worth it, and besides, I’m not sure I can resist her, anyway. This is the story of how Felicity Bainbridge changed my life forever, starting one summer day long ago after I was forced to change a dirty diaper... --Knox Parker
OMG!! Linda Kage is just amazing! I love this series so much, and just when I think that she can't get any better, and that the next book can't possibly top the last one, it does. This book had tragedy and a forbidden love in a Romeo and Juliet type way.
I loved both of these characters from the very beginning. My heart absolutely broke for Knox. Here's a guy that fell in love with the wrong girl. She's the a part of the family that his hates, and vice-versa. The two of them are able to set aside their families' hatred and develop a relationship at a young age. And then they were ripped apart.
One thing I really loved about this story is that you got to watch the progression of their love twice. First they're teenagers falling in love with the wrong person, and then years later they're new adults and you get to watch it all over again from a new perspective where tragedy, horrible events, and guilt keep getting in the way. Knox has been broken and rose out of it, only to find out about another horrible tragedy in his life that he didn't know about.
For her part, Felicity was an amazing character as well. She was so sweet, such a caring person, and she had some spunk to her. I loved what she did with her life, and how she made it her own. When the two of them are brought back into each other's lives, it was wonderful to watch. The romance was like a return to home, but at the same time, it slowly progressed, since one of them fought it as hard as they could.
Linda Kage knows how to get your heart strings and yank on them. This story was beautifully and poignantly told. The characterization was perfect, and the ending was exactly right. I dearly love this series and really hope she intends to just keep going with it. I'm already waiting impatiently for the next one. Perfect read.