Gracie survived an emotionally abusive relationship that wrecked her. Her ex, Noah, systematically chipped away at her self-esteem through intimidation, humiliation and infidelity which left Gracie unable to trust her own perception of his intentions. But after falling head over heels for Jake, her best friend and the man who stood by her through it all, she is ready to experience life in the way it was meant to be lived. However, Gracie may find it impossible to simultaneously heal from the trauma of abuse while navigating a relationship with Jake. Can she put her heart on hold in order to heal her soul? The sequel to the five-star debut novel, In Too Deep, chronicles Gracie's steps toward healing as she falls deeper in love, reaches out for help, stands on her own, steps out of her comfort zone, faces her biggest fears, and reconnects with a sensual, talented soul from her past all in hopes of finding herself on solid ground.
Jake Rockwell is the total package. He is sweet, beautiful and loves Gracie with everything he has. He is willing to do anything to help her heal from all of the hurt that she endured while she was with Noah – even if it means letting her go. He tries to stand strong and be supportive as she spreads her wings and tries to fly for the first time – and he hopes that it won’t end in her flying into someone else’s arms.
“You are beautiful, baby girl.” I stood, patted her hand, kissed her on the top of her head, and walked up to order for us. I couldn’t stand not being able to fix her heart. She was going to need to do that herself, but I wasn’t sure she was capable at this point. I wanted to be able to take away all the pain I saw in her eyes. I wanted to steal the nightmares that haunted her almost every night. I wanted to make her whole again, but it was too soon. Everything Noah took from her was still beyond her reach. She was quiet and reserved, not the bubbly girl she was when we first met, although I could see it just below the surface. She remained guarded and second-guessed herself and her actions when it was her spontaneity that used to light her up like nothing I’d ever seen. And I knew she couldn’t look at me when I complimented her, because I was focused on a part of her she no longer saw. It was so hard to watch her struggle.”
Michelle introduces a hunk of rock and roll hotness by the name of Calon Ridge. He and his band Alternate Tragedy add a soulful dimension to the story. I have to admit that I fell a little bit in love with him! But Jake is just so perfect and I wanted him to have what he wanted the most – Gracie.
I loved this book, the message and the music. But watch out for Calon! He’s next to take center stage...