My name is Rob Winters, aka, Jackass. Even to my closest friends.
I wasn’t always so arrogant and condescending. It only took one night to change me—one point twenty-seven seconds, to be exact.
When tragedy struck, I promised myself, no matter what, unbreakable chains would lock my heart. If one veers too close or digs too deep, the cruel and mean bastard many hate is unleashed. My plan has succeeded for the past seven years. I’ve driven away a girlfriend and killed a few friendships along the way.
Then, just when the chains loosen around my heart, she walks into my life—or worse, the room next door. She strolls into my house with her bouncy brown curls and banging body, slithering herself through the smallest opening and making me crave the one thing I’ve denied myself these past years.
Her smell, her eyes, and her caring nature are everything I’m not worthy of enjoying. How long do I have to struggle with the demons that haunt me every night before the torture ends? Forever, I remind myself, but the links protecting my heart break each time Paige Kensington enters the room.
Let Me Go
“Lost before I found you.”
I was hesitant at first to start this book. I had lots of mixed feelings about Rob, based on how he was in the previous books. I hated him, despised him more like. I didn’t think I would be able to like his book. However, after reading this, mighty fast I might add, my heart broke for Rob, my feelings for him changed very quickly from the very beginning, and I pretty much fell for him; hard. Michelle redeemed Rob with this book. I think all you Rob haters or doubters will quickly change your views on him after this, just you wait. I was one of them and I was quickly converted. Everyone has a story as to why they are assholes, I get that now. And this is Rob’s story.
“You’re changing me.”
Rob Winters hasn’t always been the asshole he has always walked around portraying himself to be. There was a time in his life when he was gentle, kind, friendly, actually gave a damn, and had room in his heart to love. But it only took one night for it all to change. One night for his life to shatter. One night for his guard to go up. And that one night for the old Rob to go away. Years of therapy did nothing to free him of his pain. He is still fighting his demons daily, while keeping everyone at bay. Not even his “closest friends” know what happened that awful day. And while dealing with his own problems, he is repairing his relationship with his mother, while having nothing to do with his own father.
“You’re like the sun, so bright and warm, it’s hard to stare right at you.”
Paige Kensington hasn’t had the typical life growing up. She would have the father who would come and go when the time arises, however, he would love her wholeheartedly. He would provide her with anything and everything she needed and when he would be in town, he would be the father he could be. Then she would have her mother, who would be physically there, but not mentally. Kind of selfish in a way. It’s as if the roles were reversed; she would play the caretaker in most situations, especially when her younger brother came into the picture. There has never been a time in Paige’s life where her needs have ever come first, to anyone. Just once she would crave/want that. Her trust for everyone has gone out the window. And because of that making friends would be hard, yet alone being in a relationship with someone.
“Sometimes I struggle looking at you.”“She captured me and I don’t want to be thrown back.”
When Paige moves into the room next door, Rob gets one rule, don’t sleep with the roommate. He agrees at first, not wanting to piss his roommate Chrissy off by sleeping with her. Plus Paige doesn’t seem like the hit it and quit it kind of girl, and that’s all he can offer anyone. He doesn’t do long term, hasn’t in a very long time. Once he lays his eyes on her, her body instantly makes him feel things. Her body is to die for, yet there’s something that calls to him deep down inside. She’s captivating, unlike anything he’s ever seen.
“She captured me and I don’t want to be thrown back.”“You cracked the code and opened my heart to possibilities I thought I could never have.”
He tries like hell to stay away from her. Damn he tries. She’s your average girl not the usual ones though that hang around him. But there’s just something calm and easy going about her that make him want to spend time with her. She’s easy to talk to and for some reason he wants to spend time with her. He slowly starts to tell her things he normally wouldn’t tell anyone, it’s like she’s got the magic key to open up the lock he has inside.
“It’s like he’s an angel trapped in Satan’s body. For some reason I’ve been the chosen one to heal him.”
There’s something about Rob that makes Paige’s heart skip a beat when he’s near. He gives her goosebumps when he walks past. Why he gives her that kind of reaction? Who the hell knows. It makes a little part of her giddy on the inside. She wants to jump him one minute, but yet run far away from him the next. She knows nothing can come from anything with Rob; she knows his type all too well and she will not go down that path. She knows what will happen and she is not willing to deal with that heartbreak.
“There’s an element of surprise every minute with Rob and I don’t yearn for anything different.”
They form a fast, easy friendship. It’s as if they have known each other for a long while. They begin to easily open up to each other about personal things, even the deep ones with no issues what so ever. They both know when to push and when not to push. It’s like they have that strong of a connection. Yes, something’s are still kept hidden, but that’s what makes their relationship different. The more they get to know one another, the more they crave the other. Not just in a sexual sense, but just having the other person next to them, being able to talk to them puts a smile on their face. Their relationship is slowly changing and they haven’t even gotten to the sex part yet. But when the inevitable happens, it definitely changes the dynamic of things. Though it only proves that they really have a strong connection, overall. If their emotions weren’t invested, they are now…fully. Neither one of them wants to acknowledge the change in their relationship it because of both of their pasts. They don’t want what they have to be ruined because feelings get involved. Nothing good ever happens when feelings get involved.
“Paige scares me shitless. Damn, she’s the first girl to make me want to gamble for a different life.”“She’s fighting for me and it feels like the first time I rode on the tallest rollercoaster.”
Will they both be able to get past their demons? Can they come clean with all their secrets? How will it change the dynamic in their relationship? When the past comes rearing back, will it end the connection they have? Will they let the past consume them or will they fight for what they have? When more things come to surface, will be it too much pressure for them to handle? Is what they have enough to keep them together or will it be the end?
“My number one. Paige. You’re it.”
I loved what Michelle did with this book. She was able to take Rob, the guy that I didn’t like and told his story. To pretty much explain why he is the typical class A asshole. Now I get it and underneath it all is a guy that I can fall in love with. After reading this book, my views on Rob have completely changed. I love the relationship between Paige and Rob and how they started. They had to help each other fight and overcome each of their demons and they could always count on each other. I loved that they would fight for each other as well. Michelle did a wonderful job incorporating the rest of the gang again as well. It was great seeing how they are doing. And I also loved seeing that they all are more than just friends, they have built more of a family bond with one another; picking up and helping one another when help is needed. It’s like watching them grow up. I really liked seeing both Rob and Paige develop as characters. Trying to find who they are individually and when they are together. Michelle did giving each other the space they both needed.
So here’s what I pretty much came up with: Every asshole has a story. Every asshole has a kind heart. So don’t be quick to judge every asshole till you hear their story. Michelle overall great job! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!!!
This review was done by Jenn.
I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
I place the package in the microwave and press the button. “I’m a little surprised you’re missing your signature apparel this evening,” Rob comments, and when I swivel around, he’s leaned back in his chair, his fingers strumming along the table. This incredible sexual response comes over me, that he was admiring me going about doing a mundane task. The pleasure brings so much warmth through my veins, I wish he was mine and I could saunter over and straddle his lap. I ache to grind against the hardness I created, as his hands would find my ass.
Instead, I swallow the urge. “Oh, well, laundry day.”
He nods, his eyes moving up my legs. “I’m not sure which one I prefer.”
I laugh. “Really? Pajama pants with absurd expressions are your things?”
“Not usually, but on you they are.” My breathing stops before sputtering back up. Our eyes meet and an unbearable inner excitement flows through me. The more I swim in the blues of his eyes, the more he spins me in his web of magnetism. Just as I’m about to ignore my mind’s resistance, I jolt from the beep of the microwave and quickly spin on my heels. Grabbing the bag, I toss it back and forth in my hands because it’s so hot.
Rob laughs behind me and then the chair legs scrape along the floor and his footsteps thump behind me. “Let me help you.” He relieves the burn in my hands, opening the two corners. Steam rushes out of the bag and I grab a bowl to pour it into. We accomplish the menial job together as a team. He’s about to retreat back to the table, when he stops, leaning forward. “I like that I give you that reaction.” He whispers and I lick my lips out of reflex.
“Keep doing that and I won’t stand a chance in keeping my distance from you.”
“What if I don’t want you to?” The words slip out of my mouth before I can filter them.
“Hmm . . .” He places the bowl on the counter and then nears closer, gripping the counter on either side. “Believe me, Paige, you do.” My heart stammers and the edge of the counter digs into my palm.
Then he backs away and goes back to the table, leaving me mute stricken and frozen in place
Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
The Invisibles Series
Don’t Let Go (Book #1)
Let Me In (Book #2)
Let Me Love (Book #3)
Can’t Let Go (Book #4)
Let Me Go (Book #5)