Title: Love Wasted
Author: Shirl Rickman
Genre: NA Romance
Published: June 22, 2017
Available on Kindle Unlimited
“A great slow burn” - Amazon Review
“SO MANY FEELS THROUGHOUT…” - Amazon Review
She loves him. She loves him not.
When Cassandra Porter was seven years old, she fell in love with her next door neighbor and her best friends brother. Cass loved that boy every single day…until he broke her heart and all that remained were the pieces.
Ten years and what feels like a lifetime apart, that boy—now a grown and sexy, warm blooded man—is thrust back into her life. He might make her temper flair and blood boil, but a few unresolved feelings are no match for the way her heart races when he is near…
She drives him the good kind of crazy.
Paxton Luke led his life with one thing on his mind: success. Friends and family come first, with no room for emotional attachments—not even with the neighbor girl, who's turned into a complete knockout. His sister's best friend. Emotions only lead to love, and love was trouble.
They’re determined to fight this undeniable attraction to the bitter end. It’s too damn bad their hearts are about to get love drunk-- wasted on love.
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Uncomfortably polite. It was uncomfortable because it never seemed sincere when she spoke to me. She kept her distance, and when she was forced to talk to me, it was curt and without much emotion.”
When Cassandra Porter was 12YO, her best friend’s brother, Paxton Luke, broke her heart. She’d idolised him since she was little but, from that day, she hated him. Over the subsequent years, she avoided him as much as she could or, when in his company, acted indifferent towards him. However, Paxton seemed to enjoy provoking her, but she gave back as good as she got.
“I’ve been away a long time, and I shouldn’t still feel this way when it comes to Cass – that conflicting feeling of want and guilt over allowing myself to want her.”
Paxton was determined to make a name for himself, and that meant leaving his home town to spread his wings. His ambition to succeed was everything to him. He’d always had a soft spot for Cass but she made him feel things that he wasn’t prepared to face, so he buried them by hurting her, over and over.
“I want Cassandra. I crave her more than I thought possible. She complicates what I’ve always thought I wanted for my life.”
By the time he comes back home to live, it’s been ten years since they’d seen one another. Cass is dismayed that her feelings for him have never changed. He’s dismayed that she affects him in ways he’s not prepared to acknowledge. However, when they find themselves living in close proximity, they attempt to start over as friends, but old feelings, mutual attraction, and jealousy get in the way.
Overall, I thought this was a great read, although I was a bit mystified as to why Pax felt so driven. There didn’t really seem to be a trigger for his ambition to prove himself. He had a loving family growing up, and a good upbringing. Cass really held onto her hurt and resentment, but I guess these feelings just festered over the years. I didn’t really understand her relationship with her on-again-off-again boyfriend. They had some weird understanding between them. I guess she hung onto him because she felt safe in a relationship that seemed to be going nowhere, and she only had to give a small part of herself over to it, since deep down, she still carried a torch for Pax.
It was clear that these two were destined to be together, but over the years, they just sabotaged their connection. It was great to follow them as they forged a deeper connection and understanding, and give in to the attraction that had always been there between them.
Shirl Rickman is a writer, a dreamer, and an optimist. A small town Texas girl currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Shirl adores her husband, daughter, and two crazy dogs. When she's not dreaming up new love stories, Shirl can be found reading, drinking her favorite coffee, Kona Blend with coconut milk. She loves kindness, laughing and meeting her readers.