For savvy programmer Gabrielle Alvarez, moving to Portland, Oregon means a fresh start with a blank screen. She wants nothing more than to erase the last traces of her old life, starting with an exotic tattoo to hide an old scar. Gabby’s instantly drawn to the enigmatic artist, who also happens to be her neighbor. Lucky she has no plans to date-especially sexy, brooding men.
Last year, Bowen Landry was the king of broken promises. He made hundreds to his sister to get clean and hundreds more to his band and his boss. But Bowen’s sober now and determined to stay that way. The last thing he needs are complications, especially Gabby with her curves, dry humor, and independent spirit. Gabby spells danger to Bowen’s peace of mind, not to mention his personal promise to stay celibate for one year.
Bowen is content keeping a firewall up between them until a stalker threatens Gabby’s safety. Alone in a new city, she has no choice but to turn to Bowen for help, moving into his apartment after hers is vandalized. While the two grow closer, Bowen can’t make any promises, and Gabby’s not asking. While the inexperienced Gabby can’t deny the charming, reformed bad boy, she’s unsure she can ever trust an addict again. If Bowen can help Gabby forgive her past and his, he may learn to believe in love again.
|I liked this book right from the beginning. Bowen wanting to get to know Gabrielle when he sees her at the wedding. Both are trying to put the past behind them and as much as they try the past still comes to the front. Bowen wants to get to know her but only as a friend. Just getting sober he does not think he could handle a relationship of any kind right now. He is though drawn to her curves and the way she handles herself. When she goes to him for a tattoo and the scares revel something from her past she will not open up about what happened. Even after he takes her in after her place is destroyed and the two of them become closer, you as the reader feel a shift between the characters and as the story becomes more intense Bowen just sits there as she pours her heart out to him and lets her walk out. You as the reader are taken to a whole other level with Gabrielle’s character and this last part of the book only adds to a wonderful story. Read this very good book with good characters. I received this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 5 stars. follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com|