A dare.A dying wish.Fate...After years of loneliness, widowed Gabriella is ready to fill the void—as long as she doesn't have to give her heart to another man.Caleb's screwed himself right into a dead-end existence. Faced with an ultimatum, he's hell-bound on changing his reckless ways.A chance meeting has these two instantly attracted to one another, but when their paths cross again—this time as professor and student—the roles reverse on Professor Edwards as Caleb teaches her how to feel again.
Her shiny waves cascade over her shoulders, bouncing as she walks in my direction. The deep chocolate hue compliments her radiant olive skin tone and her glistening green eyes. This woman is fucking gorgeous. Not the kind you take home to screw, the kind you take home to Mom . . . or, er, Grandma.“Caleb. I was talking to you.”I snap back to find Aubrey’s hands around my waist. “Conversation’s over. There’s someone I need to talk to.” I walk away, not even glancing back at Aubrey. I need to know who this woman is. I’m not a spiritual man, but she just might be sent from heaven. She’s the type of woman who could change the whole game. At least that’s the vibe I’m getting.As I escape Aubrey, it’s as if I’m being magnetically pulled toward the woman now sitting at the bar. I watch her from afar at first, gauging her body language. Her fingers tap on the marble bar top as she waits for the bartender’s attention. She’s new to this. No regular waits for her order to be taken when she looks the way she does. Dude, I want to scream at the bartender, how can you not see her? She’s . . . God, not only is she gorgeous but there’s something about the way she’s fidgeting that tells me she’s completely out of her element. How could this sophisticated beauty be out of her element in a club full of women who wish they had half her class? And why is she here alone? If she were my girl, everyone would know it. My arms would be wrapped around her, my fingers settling on the small of her back, claiming her as mine.I watch this classy creature as she plays with the curled edges of her hair, twisting the strands around her index finger. I play with my hair when I’m nervous. Is she nervous or just timid? Either way, I want to know. I want to know everything about this damn woman, starting with her name.When she orders herself a Ketel and Seven I decide to be brave. “Make that two,” I add, getting comfortable in my stool.At first she eyes me like I’m some creep, but then . . . shit! When our eyes meet it’s as if the universe has made up for every shitty thing that ever came my way.
This story is about second chances on life. Living in the present and not dwelling on the past. Feeling Again. Both Gabriella and Caleb have suffered lose and couldn’t move on. From their first interaction, the connection for the two of them was evident but Gabriella wasn’t ready to handle her new feelings. Then fate stepped in!
Faith Andrews really pulled out the big guns with her prologue. She brought out all my emotions about a significant day in American history that is hard to remember and will always bring tears to my eyes. Then add in Gabriella suffering such a horrible and shocking lose, and I was weeping.
However, as the book progressed it became a bit predictable as to what the conflict was going to be leaving very little in the shock value. Also, I didn’t love Caleb in the beginning. He was kind of a mess and not in a good way. But throughout, I warmed up to him as he fell in love with Gabby.
Gabriella’s twin daughters and sister were great supporting characters even though there was a time in the book that I wanted to smack the daughters upside the head. I do wish we saw more of Caleb’s best friend, Jack. He seemed like he would have been great!
And as always, Faith Andrews gives up hot hot hot sex scenes!!!