Author: Amy Marie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Three months to fall in love.
Three sentences to destroy it all.
Seven years ago, free-spirited Hadley’s heart was shattered when her secret high school love, Ryder Blake, betrayed her with just a few short words. Now, in her twenties and committed to Braden, her boyfriend of two years, she is unknowingly still picking up the pieces, and beginning to realize her life is far from the one she always dreamed of
When sexy and all grown up Ryder walks back into her life, memories of their summer spent together causes her to want the old Hadley back. The Hadley that took risks and made her own rules, the Hadley that only Ryder Blake has ever dared to bring out.
Ryder has had his fair share of women since high school, but none have compared to the girl who stole his heart and disappeared with it. When his life starts to fall into place Hadley’s sudden reappearance and disgust towards him fuels his drive to win her back and never let her run again…
even if she has a boyfriend, and even if he has to handcuff her to his bed.
He will pursue.
She’ll push him away.
Sparks will fly.
Tempers will flare.
An undeniable chemistry will light it all on fire.
“You only need a little spark to start a forest fire.”
First loves reunite proving that with a little bit of spark true love overcomes all. This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend that you read the first two books in the series since the storyline continues. I read this book several times and each time, I felt as if I was reading it for the first time. I felt connected with the characters, on a personal and an emotional level. My heart breaks when theirs do, my emotions react the same as theirs, it’s like I’m a part of their lives. Amy wrote as if I am placed in the book with the characters. The book is also as unpredictable as it comes. You think you have some things figured out, and BAM, mindfuck! She’s gotten good at throwing these twists in your face. I’d be reading it wondering, WTF just happened… And let me tell you, it happens on several occasions throughout the book. You will start this book, fall in love with the characters and not want to put it down until you have finished.
“You owned me since our first kiss.”
Hadley Chase and Ryder Blake were from two totally different sides of the track. He’s your high school star quarterback and she’s just your average girl who loves art. His parents are rich and her parents..not so much. Their parents hate each other, more like despise would be a better word.
“My body craves his, and I can feel his craving mine. This kiss is explosive, and it tells me everything I need to know.”
You can’t help who you fall in love with. Hadley has always had a secret crush on Ryder, I mean all the girls in school have and want him but he has his eyes set one girl… Hadley… Ryder isn’t your typical rich jock. Unlike his parents, he doesn’t like to flaunt money or his status around. He wants to be your average person. And he wants to get the girl. When he finally gets her, they start off as a secret. Getting to know one another and falling in love, while the summer takes them away. But once they start their senior year, their perfect world is no more. Others try to enter their bubble. Words are said and heard. Hearts are broken. Lives are forever changed.
“I’ve only been in love once so from my experience no-but it does make you vulnerable enough to have your heart ripped open.”“You ripped my heart out.”
Fast forward seven years….
Hadley works with Noelle at her events planning business, rather than pursing her love for art. She hasn’t seen nor spoken to Ryder since that day everything fell apart seven years ago. The carefree, fun loving, free spirited Hadley is gone and is replaced with a more reserved Hadley who doesn’t take any risks. She also has a boyfriend, Braden, whom she does everything for and doesn’t get much in returnf. However, she loves him because he’s a safe choice for her. He won’t break her heart. The heart that hasn’t completely healed. They’ve been together for about two years now and she’s noticing that something is missing, but she can’t seem to peg what it is. Her life is about to get turned upside down when she meets Ryder at a bar after all these years, coincidentally of course.
“I can’t help fall for her every time I see her. It’s like she was the missing piece all along.”
Ryder is a friend of Jace, which is how he ends up meeting Hadley again. He’s all man now, and a cop at that. A very hot one. And after all these years Hadley has always been on his mind, wondering where she went, how she’s doing and if she’s thinking about him. Ryder wants her back. His feelings for her never left. She still owns a piece of his heart. He will doing anything to get her to trust him again even if it means playing dirty to win her over, away from Braden. She’s different now, but he will do everything he can to make her love him again. Yes, he’s had his fair share of women I mean it’s been seven years, but they were a means of a distraction. Clearly none of them worked, none of them serious. There is only one out there for him and he is determined to win her back.
“I just want my life back.”
“Freedom. The freedom to be me. To take risks, take chances. Live life.”
“Live a little.”
Ryder realizes that Hadley isn’t the old Hadley he knew so he feels it is his duty to bring her back, or at least try. She wants to be able to take risks, be free and live life. Ryder will help bring that part out in her. He will make her appreciate life again and be truly happy. They get to know each other all over again. As each day passes, Ryder falls deeper in love with her. And although Hadley wants to let her guard down with this older Ryder, she can’t knowing that the past is still looming in her mind. They still haven’t cleared the air and until they do so they won’t be able to move forward. Aside from the past, there are other people that are still trying to keep apart.
“I want to be that way again. To live my life not afraid because right now, I’m pretty damn petrified.”“We won’t let all that happened hinder what I think is happening between the two of us. I want to keep exploring what I think could be even better than it was before but no more running.”
Will Hadley and Ryder be able to survive the facts of the past? Will they be able to move forward as a couple? Or will the truth end them both? Can they pick up where they left off or do they have to rebuild again? Will their other friendships they had be broken as well? How will their family take the news of their reunion? Will others be able to keep them apart? Or will they prevail?
“She is worth every damn obstacle that life brings my way.” “You can’t have a healthy relationship without trust.”
“There is a fine line between lust and love – but an even finer line between love and trust.”
Amy did a fantastic job with this book. I finished it in no time and it left me wanting more. I was happy that the gang made and appearance and Noelle will have you laughing your ass off like usual. I’m glad that Hadley and Ryder finally got their story. I hope you fall in love with Ryder as much as I did. I loved watching both Hadley and Ryder grow up and mature. Seeing them go from a high school relationship to what they are now. Trying to overcome everything that has come at them. They are trying to prove that true love does overcome all. Great job Amy, I can’t wait for more!
This review was done by Jenn.
I was given an advanced copy for my honest review.
Undeniable - Excerpt
“Do you love him?”
She takes another shot of tequila but still answers. “I thought I did, but is love supposed to be this hard?” she asks before her attention is directed to the door where a few others have come in. She looks down at her phone and frowns. I want to reach over and kiss her sadness away.
“Well,” I start to tell her. “I’ve only ever been in love once so from my experience no… but it does make you vulnerable enough to have your heart ripped open.”
A snort escapes her. “I know how that feels, Ryder. You don’t have to tell me how that feels.”
“So, if Braden ripped your heart open then why are you with him.”
“No, not Braden. You.” Her words cut me to my core. “You ripped my heart out.”
My stomach twists in knots. I did everything but hurt her. Yes, we kept it a secret but I never did anything besides love her and make sure she knew that I did. Hadley was my world and when she left it felt like I was stranded in the middle of the ocean with no paddle in my one man boat.
“Well, you ripped mine out too,” I tell her before taking another shot. I know she is open, answering questions, but she can’t just put all the blame of what happened on me. I didn’t leave her without any idea of where I went. She left me and she left me broken. “But unlike you I haven’t been able to have a normal working relationship since.”
Her eyes lift to mine hurling daggers at me with each second that passes by. Throwing her hands up her voice gets loud enough to draw attention. “Normal? Is this normal to you? My “normal” relationship is hanging on by a thread right now. And you…” she points at me, “ever since you came back it’s like that thread is rapidly unraveling!”
I quickly jump out of my side of the booth and slide into her side. Her eyes grow wide and she cowers into the back of it. Every inch I move in she pushes away until her back hits the wall and her knee comes up to block me. That one sentence, that one beautiful sentence has given me what I didn’t even know I needed to hear.
Leaning in as close as I can get without tasting those beautiful lips of hers I whisper, “Maybe that should tell you something, Had. I make no apologies for unraveling you and now that I know I’m helping dwindle the flimsy string that is holding the joke you call a relationship together,” I breathe in closer. “I plan on watching it fall to the floor and then I’ll secure you with nice, strong rope. Tie us up so tight you can’t move…not that you would want to.”
Her body shakes but not from being scared. It’s quivering. I’m making her quiver and her labored breaths are causing a stir behind the zipper of my jeans. If she wasn’t taken I would claim her mouth once again.
She doesn’t say a word but just stares between my lips and my eyes, her tongue coming out to wet her mouth. She wants me to kiss her.
I lean in, pushing her erected knee into her chest. Her breath hitches as I bring my hand up to her cheek, caressing it softly, her head falling hesitantly into my palm. Bringing my lips closer she rewets hers, and I take that as my cue to grab the other side of her face and pull her towards me. Our lips just millimeters from one another, our eyes locked on each other.
I pull on a tendril of hair. “I miss the red. It suited you.”
“Ryder,” she whispers, the alcohol from her breath intoxicating me.
“Hadley,” I breathe back into her.
Her eyes blink back a tear and it breaks my heart. “I loved you.”
Taking another move getting so close I can feel her lips graze mine as I say, “I loved you more.”
Meet the Author
Amy-Marie was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and now resides in Virginia
Beach with her fantastically crazy husband and two kids.
As an avid reader, she never dreamed of writing her own novel until the characters
started haunting her at night and in the shower. Wanting to get it down on paper she set off
on the journey that is more than she could have ever dreamed.
When not writing she can be found carting her kids around, breaking up their fights,
cleaning up messes, teaching Zumba, or reading.
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