Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbour with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
Before Kacey died four years ago, and all that's left is a mess. A mess who spent a year in physical rehabilitation to repair her shattered body, only to be released with a shattered soul. [..] After Kacey doesn't cry, not a single tear. I'm not sure she knows how. She doesn't open up about anything; she cant stand the feel of hands because they remind her of death. She doesn't let people in because pain trails attachments closely. The sight of a piano sends her into a dizzying haze. Her only solace is to beat the crap out of giant sandbags until her knuckles are red and her feet are raw.
"There’s no getting better, Storm. This is it.” There’s no coming back from the dead.
Then there's Trent, WOW! He is amazing. So patient, caring, and the boy has dimples! That sold me from the beginning (What can I say? I'm a sucker for dimples) Its obvious from the beginning there are things holding Trent back from giving his full self to Kacey. They both keep their pasts a secret from one another, yet Trent is able to sense Kacey's pain and reservations, so he moves slow, giving her time to adjust. The connection between them is divine. From the moment they first touch, Trent is able to give Kacey something no one has been able to for four years. He makes it his mission to make her happy, and OMG does he do a good job of it.
“I want to make you smile. For real. Always. We're going to go for dinners, and see movies, and walk on the beach. We'll go hang-gliding, or bungee jumping, or whatever you want to do. Whatever makes you smile and laugh more. Let me make you smile.”