Tuesday, June 2, 2015


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John Jackson. 

He’s a sweet talking Georgia boy, rough around the edges with an irresistible smile. John sets his sights on the new girl, determined to show her what his small town is about. But she isn’t as accepting as he thought and she rejects him at every turn.

The beauty and boldness of Alyssa Winters stirs John’s blood. She quickly works her way under his skin and becomes a constant in his life – his best friend, his other half. As the attraction between the two friends grows, John wants more. 

She pushes, he pulls. 

When one reckless night of fun wreaks havoc on John, Alyssa risks it all to ease his pain, giving him the one thing he desires most...her. But John’s sadness runs too deep, the damage, irreparable.

He runs, she falls.

John must work to prove himself. Despite everything, Alyssa is the one person he doesn't want to live without. The stakes are high, and he’s willing to bet it all. Even if it means he’s left to suffer alone.

Shannon’s 5 Star Review:

5 muddy stars

So, in all honesty, I had no clue that this book would draw me so far in I could actually see myself with this group of characters. This book runs the gamut of emotions; from flirty and fun to dark and brooding, from love and hope to heartbreak and tears.  Ms. Franco did not shy away from tearing your heart into for these people. 
Alyssa is the new girl in a small Georgia town.  She’s lived all over the place because her mom won’t grow up and settle down. She’s starting at the new community college soon and knows no one.  Well, that’s until two rambunctious hotties on 4 wheelers stop her in her tracks.
John Jackson, true southern boy full of wit, sex appeal, and true alpha male lays eyes on the blonde haired blue eyed beauty from Cali, he’s a goner.  He knew it from the first time she said “I don’t play in mud. I’m not an animal” They two step around each other, flirt with each other, and continue to grow closer.  With just a simple touch or a sexy smile from Johnny she realized what he already knew – she wanted him more than she’s ever wanted anyone else.  The passion that burned between them burned a hot white but what happens when tragedy strikes will they be able to reignite that flame? Will they be able to rekindle their relationship or has stupid mistakes made it unsalvageable?

As I said above, Ms. Franco likes to pull on your heart strings.  She takes us on a journey of young love that is so strong and pure that you have to hope they’re able to overcome their mistakes, that hopefully they’ll learn to live in the present not in the past, and that no matter what obstacles are put in front of you, you follow your heart and learn to let go.  The love in this book just takes my breath away, guys.  There’s no two ways about it.  I fell so hard for John and even Alyssa.  They’re fun, young, beautiful, and in true love.  The supporting cast was without a doubt some of the best I’ve read.  I honestly hope we are able to get more from this group of characters. 

Do myself and yourself a favor; take a few days and read this book.  You deserve to read a book as touching as this one.  I promise, it’s worth it; the pain, the happiness, it’s all worth it.   You’ll see.   

Favorite Quotes:

  • “Tell me that I’m wrong. Fight against me. Push and shove and tell me no, that no matter what I do that you’ll be there.”
  • “Up here, babe,” John ordered with a snap of his fingers. “Damn, now I kind of know what it feels like when men do that to women for staring at their tits. You just eye-fucked the shit out of me.”
  • told you, I’m going to do whatever it takes for you to see that I’m not going anywhere,” then he took her mouth in an all possessive, heart stopping kiss.

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Lucia's Bio:

Lucia Franco lives in South Florida with her husband and two boys. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, you can find her relaxing with her toes in the sand at a nearby beach.



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