When life brings you the perfect person at the worst possible time…
On a weekend visit to Las Vegas to visit his brother, Marine Braeden Daniels meets a woman who challenges him in ways he can’t deny. The best part is she wants what he wants.
No strings. No feelings. Just fun.
AJ is a Las Vegas performer who is finally living her dream. Growing up poor, she’s determined to succeed at any cost. No one will stand in her way—not even a hot Marine who breezes into her life all confidence and a cocky smile.
A few stolen weekends and neither can deny the feelings quickly growing between them. But the obstacles that keep them apart become more devastating when the Marine Corps calls Braeden away for a six-month deployment.
It’s only six months.
What could possibly happen?
I loved EVERYTHING about this book! I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I felt everything in between! JB Salsbury has given us another emotionally intense story with a romance that is just perfection. I freaking loved it!
While I am sad to see this series come to an end, I’ve been really looking forward to this book, and it’s a very worthy end to a collection of wonderful, character-driven stories, finishing the series with (in my opinion) one of the best. Having said that though, this book would stand strongly on its own, and could be read without the others first (though of course you would be missing background on the side characters).
Braeden has appeared in the series before. He is Blake’s younger brother who, after escaping the controlling hand of his father, became a marine. He loves his job and has dedicated his life to proudly serving his country, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy a bit of fun as well, and he often makes the trip down to Vegas to visit his brother and party it up as he enjoys the single life.
AJ is a performer in a Cirque-du-Soleil-ish act on the Vegas strip. It’s what she’s always dreamed of and she’s loving her new life, working her butt off to make her dreams a reality and not letting anything get in her way.
Braeden and AJ meet one night in the casino, there’s a spark, and it’s all on. From that first meeting full of flirty smiles and witty banter, to fun moments and easy conversation as they get to know each other, you can feel their attraction blossom. And they hold nothing back from each other, offering complete honesty about their feelings and where they are at, all underpinned by sizzling chemistry which builds beautifully into a steaming hot weekend that both of them know they won’t be able to walk away from.
Even though we’ve only spent a handful of nights together, it somehow feels like I’ve always known him. He touches me with the surety of a man who knows exactly how I like to be touched. My heart swells every time our gazes lock together to the point where I feel as if I will burst.
“I don’t want this to be it.” He cups the back of my head … “Tell, if we do this, this won’t be it.”
And thank God, that isn’t it, because what develops is an absolutely gorgeous, though undefined, relationship as Braeden and AJ steal every moment they can – having fun together, exploring their insane chemistry, and being there for each other in all the ways they want to be. But then the time comes for Braeden’s deployment and they are suddenly facing six months apart.
What are we doing?
Staring at each other now, locked gazes, I can see the questions swirling behind his eyes match my own. What started as a one-night stand has turned into something more, something neither of us planned, and yet here we are at an impossible crossroads.
They face it sensibly, knowing that 6 months isn’t forever, but also knowing that they are both single-mindedly pursuing their dream careers, so they don’t put any unrealistic expectations on themselves or each other. But those six months will change them irrevocably, and finding their way back to each other will be a journey that neither of them expected.
I won’t say any more because you seriously just need to dive in and experience it – and let me tell you that you will feel every single moment of it! My heart ached for these characters. ACHED! I felt so much for them, and I wanted to badly to reach into my book and hold them both. But the way it all played out was just magic. I could understand where they were at, and it was hard and messy at times, but I admired them so much for the way they dealt with everything. And as they work to overcome all that they are faced with, everything that was once between them is still very much there and the love story beautifully and naturally unfolds.
“Where you are will always be home to me.”
Braeden and AJ are amazing. I love their fun, their honesty, their intelligence, and their willingness to explore everything happening between them. They are the kind of characters that I love reading about. But not to be outdone, I loved seeing more of Blake in the role of big brother. He really steps up for Brae, and he had me in tears more than once as he unequivocally has his brother’s back.
The rest of the MMA crew and their girls are all a part of the journey, and I loved catching up with them and getting some progression for their stories as well, but Braeden and AJ and their story absolutely shine among a sea of much-loved characters, and I adored their book.
5 huge stars.
Advanced Review Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona.