Lead Me Home
A second-chance, friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance in A.L. Jackson’s Fight for Me series…
“A TOP 2018 & LIFETIME ROMANCE!” ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog
My heart rose higher in my throat with every pound on the wood. It was as if an accelerant had been poured directly into my blood.
It was close to two in the morning.
Someone showing up at this time of night—in the middle of a downpour, no less—should make me cautious.
If I searched myself, I guessed a little part of me was afraid, but only because I was sure of who was on the other side of the door.
He’d always been dangerous.
Dangerous to my sanity.
Dangerous to my heart.
Obviously, none of that mattered. I was drawn to him anyway.
Nothing more than an offering.
I hoisted up on my tiptoes to peer through the peephole, and I sucked in a breath when I saw the tortured face pleading back.
So gorgeous in its hardened, chiseled way. Wind gusted through the longer pieces of his dark-blond hair, his shirt soaked and clinging to his massive body from having to make his way through the deluge that pummeled at the roof.
Quickly, I worked through the lock and yanked open the door.
All brought on by the sight of him.
“Ollie,” I whispered, my spirit in an uproar.
He staggered in with a half-drained bottle of scotch clutched in his hand and kicked the door shut behind him.
He dropped the bottle to the carpeted floor, and there was no time to contemplate the thud before he was stalking my way.
A burly, beautiful, beast of a man.
I took a startled step back, sucking for the air his presence had stolen. Energy streaked through the room. Those big hands darted out and captured my face in the same second his mouth captured mine.
Lips and tongue and searing heat.
My head spun and need blistered across my skin.
He groaned in misery and released the words between the manic scourge of his mouth. “I need you, Nikki. Need you in a way I haven’t needed anything in all my life. Take it away. Fuck . . . please take it away.”
My ARC Review:
The third book in the Fight for Me Series, and this is Ollie’s story – oh boy I’ve been waiting for this one, I couldn’t wait to see just what happened to Ollie with his sister!!!
Oh my goodness, such an emotional read!!! Ollie and Nikki and all the years of heartbreak and gut wrenching sorrow, each in their own hell, unable to move on, unable to get passed what happened with Ollie’s sister Sydney!! I don’t think I was fully prepared for the range of emotions this book brought out of me, it really knocked my feet from under me and left me gasping to breathe at times!!
Ollie is broken from grief and guilt, his soul and heart shattered when his sister disappeared, years of non stop searching and looking for any clues to find her. Nikki was Ollie and Sydney’s best friend, they have grown up as a ‘three’, Ollie always there looking out for them, protecting them, until he didn’t, until she disappeared. Nikki is just as broken as Ollie, unable to get passed her grief. But there has always been this ‘thread’ connecting Ollie and Nikki, something more, a connection they were just exploring when Sydney disappeared. Now all these years later, Ollie is in a dark place, unable to see the light, consumed by grief and guilt. His only light is Nikki, who is always there for him, but he is unable to give her what she wants, and she can’t take being used by him any more. When a situation develops and she has to leave her home, he takes her in without a thought, but being in the same room as her has all his and her walls crumbling around them, unable to resist their connection.
A fantastic story, emotionally charged, gripping, with angst and suspense, filled with characters that you just can’t stop yourself falling in love with, a fabulous second chance read! I couldn’t get enough of this, couldn’t put it down – this has been a fantastic series, I’ve loved each book, but this one was the best of the lot. Ollie and his brokenness really got to me and will stay with me for quite a while. A massive 5 star recommended read.
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