Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.
It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.
“Everyone deserves on grand adventure, that one time in life that we always get to point back to and say, “Then…then I was really living.”
After graduating college, Kelsey spends several months traveling through Europe, on a quest to have one last hoorah. Kelsey is bold and full of life, but underneath, she is self-loathing, and lost. She is traveling down a destructive road of nightly drunken debauchery. This girl loves to be the center of attention, and relishes in being viewed as fun, but she wears a mask to cover up the ugly that she feels on the inside.
“There was no room for unhappiness when squeezed between two sets of washboard abs.”
“I’d lived my whole life as the confident girl, the girl not afraid to be bold or brash or independent. But that was a part I played, just like any other. Thick skin and a mask were necessities of my childhood.”
Jackson Hunt…hot, built, mysterious, ex-marine, and did I mention that he’s absolutely gorgeous? Both traveling alone through Europe, he takes on a protector role, and convinces Kelsey to ditch her partying ways, and to give him one week to really show her how to travel and live life to the fullest…as friends. Jackson takes Kelsey on one adventure after another through Europe, and along the way she begins to open up. They are so insanely attracted to one another, but Jackson is determined to remain friends. They share a few steamy encounters, but he fights her advances and desperately tries to resist her.
“I’m going to kiss you, princess. But not now, not when you’re telling me to. Not when it’s just something you want to check off a list. I’ll kiss you when it counts.”
As everything starts to come together for them, they are faced with the reality of their pasts, and secrets threaten to tear them apart.
I loved the depth of emotion that I got from this book. Kelsey was obviously a very flawed woman, but she had such a fire in her that no matter how bad her choices were, I still rooted for her. The entire book is about her trying to find her way, to figure out what her place in life is while she deals with demons from her past, and falls in love for the first time. The issues that her and Jackson faced were deep and real and threatened to destroy both of them, but they were fighters and refused to let life defeat them. There was almost nothing about this book that I didn’t like. I thought it was fantastic.
This was the last book in a great series. Each book gained speed, and got better and covered every range of emotion along the way. I cannot wait to see what comes next for Cora Carmack, as she has gained a fan in me.
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