An orphaned, small-town, southern girl, held hostage by responsibility and self-doubt.
A Hollywood A-list mega-star, on the run from his latest scandal and with everything to lose.
A chance encounter that leads to an unlikely arrangement and epic love affair that will change them both forever.
When his co-star and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her new director, A-list hottie, Jack Eversea, finds himself in sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. Jack hopes the sultry southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend, but his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn’t count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.
Keri Ann has relied on herself so long, dealing with her family’s death and the responsibilities of keeping up her family's historic mansion, that boys and certainly the meager offering of eligible boys in Butler Cove, have never figured into her equation. But fate has other plans. Suddenly face to face with the man who played the movie role of her favorite fictional character, Jack has Keri Ann yearning for everything she has previously avoided ... and Jack must decide whether this funny, sassy girl is worth changing his life for, before his mistakes catch up to him.
An all-consuming love threatened by fame
One last chance at FOREVER
Keri Ann Butler's life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long.
Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack's latest tabloid accessory isn't on Keri Ann's career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?
Jack knows he let the only 'real' thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.
Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?
The truth of the matter was no boy I knew lived up to the fantasy I’d created from the many books I’d read, and I wasn’t going to settle.
One night while closing up the grill, a straggler comes in, and she's attracted to him, but realizes that he's Jack Eversea, the famous movie star so there's no way in hell there would ever be a future for them. So she does what anyone else would do (ha yeah right) and treats him like any regular joe, helping him out after he asks her to keep his whereabouts a secret. Jack fled Hollywood after news broke out about his long time girlfriend cheating on him, and now he's in Butler Cove staying at one of his friend's places out there to lay low until the news dies down. Keri Ann and Jack begin to hang out and get to know each other, and we realize that Jack isn't like most movie stars. He may appear so on the outside-self assured, egotistical, arrogant, but he's just as lost as the rest of us.
“I’m guessing you don’t have to be on your own a lot?” I tried.
“I’m sure that’s pretty obvious , but what no one tells you [about being famous] is how isolating it can be to be surrounded with people all the time.” He took another sip. “I know that sounds weird, but it’s like, when you are surrounded by things and people and requirements all day long, you stop thinking for yourself. You become automated. Just doing what’s required, when it’s required. And you forget who you are inside all that and how you feel and what you like to do and how you would react.”
He leaned back against the counter, crossing his feet at the ankles. “And then, suddenly, when you get away from it for just a moment, it’s like you are in this big drowning vacuum of nothingness. There’s no you. There’s no one telling you how to be you or what to do, it’s just you, except there’s no you anymore.”
I wasn’t sure what he wanted me to say. “So you don’t trust who you are inside anymore?” I surmised.
Keri Ann is a very proud person and doesn't want things just given to her out of pity or anything like that and she's also levelheaded despite growing up reading romance novels. Her heart may be falling for Jack, but he belongs in Hollywood and knows that he's recovering from a bad breakup so she trys to guard her heart. She doesn't fawn over him, even though he makes her heart beat fast, and she doesn't let his status as an actor overshadow her wants and desires. She wants to be her own person, not someone defined by who she just happens to know.
Jack senses something about Keri that calls to him, and he realizes that she's one of the most trust worthy people he's ever met in his life. She could have used sold him and his location out to the paparazzi to make a quick buck so she'd have more than enough money to fix her house up with some left over but she doesn't tell a soul. Not even her best friend who is a DIE HARD Jack Eversea fan. Keri isn't like most girls who scream and clamor about to have his unborn child. She's wholesome and sweet, and absolutely beautiful in his eyes.
“It’s amazing,” said Jack, shaking his head and looking at me.
“It’s amazing,” he repeated, “that you seem to have no idea how fucking beautiful you are.”
Pressing my back further against the cool wall at his approach, I held my breath as he planted his palms flat against the wall behind me, his body hovering a scant inch from mine and his head ducking straight down to my neck.
“I’m glad we have our reasons laid out, Keri Ann,” he said quietly, breathing his words into my ear in a torrent of snapping electricity . “But that doesn’t mean it’s never going to happen.”
Great. How could the perfect man come along and tell you he was feeling all the same feelings you were, but you couldn’t keep him?
“The truth? And what is that exactly?” He was quiet so long, I thought he wasn’t going to answer. Then he raised his eyes to mine. “The truth is ... you’re right. It’s not fair what I am asking of you. I want you.”
Time slowed down as his words floated around me. He wanted me. I didn’t know people said that to each other in real life. Now, Jack Eversea ‘wanted’ me. My pulse ticked in my clogged throat.
“Oh, God, why?” I wept. “Why me? Why did he have to come here?”
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