Brooke Willis had everything she ever wanted: a happy marriage, volunteer placement at the art gallery, and the promise of starting a family with the man of her dreams.
Saxon Reed had everything he ever thought he needed: a successful career, nice cars, expensive apartment, and more money than he knew what to do with.
After losing her husband Brooke insists on taking over his company to keep his dreams alive. Struggling in an industry she knows nothing about, Brooke turns to Saxon, her husband’s best friend and business partner, for guidance and support. Their mutual grief, and Saxon’s need to look after his best friend’s wife, creates a connection beyond just business.
Can Brooke take over the company and find a new life without saying goodbye to the past? Can Saxon protect and care for Brooke without scaring her away?
What happens when your heart doesn’t listen to your head? When lines are crossed and boundaries are pushed?
“Life goes on, whether you choose to move forward and take a chance in the unknown or stay behind, locked in the past, thinking of what could’ve been. I don’t want to live in the past anymore. I’m so lonely; there’s nothing for me here.”
As the elevator doors open, I hear the familiar hyena laugh. I can’t help but break out in a wide smile of my own.
Exiting the elevator, I see Brooke leaning back in an office chair that normally belongs in the staff room, her feet propped up on the front desk.
Harper and Brooke are laughing so hard they don’t hear the elevator open or me approaching the desk. “Working hard, ladies?” I ask, cocking an eyebrow at them.
Harper sits up and straightens her face, places her glasses back on, and shuffles some papers on her desk. Brooke, on the other hand, tries to sit up and ends up leaning back further and tilting the chair, her arms flying about trying to gain some balance while her feet are still propped up on the desk.
I move quickly to get behind the reception desk and push the back of her chair back up. Brooke goes flying forward and suddenly stills. Her breath hitches, and I know she just shit herself. She places her feet on the floor and straightens her skirt. “Fuck,” she breathes out. I raise an eyebrow at her, and she covers her mouth. “Sorry,” she says with a guilty look on her face.
“Shall we?” I say as I hold my hand towards the elevator, while using everything I have not to laugh.
She stands, straightening her outfit again, and makes her way to the elevator. I look back to Harper who looks away abruptly and pretends she’s typing something on her computer. I shake my head as I follow Brooke.
As soon as the doors shut, she starts, “Saxon, I am so sorry. I was just saying hello to everyone. I feel I can’t just start working without saying hello to the staff.” Raising my eyebrows at her, she begins to backtrack. “Fine,” she sighs. “I was really enjoying seeing everyone and having a laugh. I can’t remember the last time I laughed like that. It felt so good being with people and just talking nonsense.” She’s rambling on, and I can tell she’s sorry and elated all at once.
“Brooke, you don’t have to explain yourself to me. I am not your boss; you’re the owner, and this is yours. If you want to sit and chat with the staff all day, sit and chat with the staff all day.” I smile down at her and she looks up at me, face scrunched and eyes narrowed.
“Well, what was all that back there then?”
“I just wanted to fuck with you,” I say bluntly, no humour in my tone and a blank expression covering my face.
“Saxon! What the hell? You scared Harper, you know,” she says seriously. I laugh loudly as she scowls at me.
“Good. I am her boss, and she was totally out of line. We’re not paying her to lounge about with her friends.”
Brooke laughs. “Seriously, though, I’m sorry. I know you cleared your afternoon for me, and I do really want to see the place and get onto work.”
The elevator doors open. “Well come on then, Willis, you’ve got lots to learn.”
About the Author
I’m first & foremost a reader & fangirl, I will always be first & foremost a reader & fangirl. I am on street teams, I pimp and I brag. I LOVE my Authors!! I have recently started writing as a way to relax and spend some time for me. My first novel Wherever You Will Go is due to release later this year. I’m having so much fun writing my first story and I’m looking forward to the journey it is taking me on.
My review –
You know from the synopsis that our leading lady, Brooke, was going to be put through Hell with losing her husband, Nate, and then trying to pick herself back up.
You also know that Nate’s best friend, Saxon is the one to be there for her.
What you don’t know is how emotional and heart breaking the writing was. You don’t know how well Brooke’s journey from happily married, to grieving widow, to someone who was rebuilding their life and learning to move on with her life was detailed and left you feeling the same emotions as her.
Saxon’s need to look after and help Brooke goes far beyond that of a business partner or even best friend duties and it was endearing to see the changes in him from his bad boy, love ’em and leave ’em ways.
All in all it was a rollercoaster of a story. There were sweet parts, there were hide under the duvet depressing parts. It has an outcome I was pleased with and coveted for Brooke.
I loved the use of music throughout the book and Saxon? Verrrrry swoonworthy!! I mean, who doesn’t love an alpha male with abs?!
Well done, Stephanie, a heart breaking, rebuilding and warming book!
My rating –
4 out of 5 stars