I had moments where I wanted to stream and slap both of the main characters especially Blakely. She wasn’t honest with herself until a certain point in the book. She’s loyal to a complete fault which frustrated me as a reader. Asher wasn’t much better. He traveled the world for six years to cope with his father’s death and travel to all the places his father wished he had traveled to. The entire time, Asher said all he thought about was Blakely. My only thought was why didn’t he have her come with him after she graduated high school? Why couldn’t they travel together? I mean they couldn’t mostly because what would be the point of the book then? His travels and not returning home until six years later is the focal conflict of the novel.
One that created numerous trust issues for Blakely including agreeing to marry a man that she never had chemistry with, Tyler. Tyler was safe, dependable, and a slight push-over. He didn’t stand up to her. He’s nice to a fault. He believes everything she says even when he shouldn’t –even when the alarm bells go off telling him otherwise. Blakely stays with him because he pulled her out of her deep depression when Asher left.
Asher does return for his girl…to find her engaged to another man. All of his love and emotions for Blakely returns to him tenfold the first time he sets eyes on her. Everything else fades away. He will do whatever it takes to get her back.
Asher is the type of guy that every girl dreams about…passionate, and loves her with every ounce of his being. He has his faults like Blakely. The guy did stay away for six years! Not a moment of his life where Blakely was far from his mind. Always dreaming and thinking about her.
You never get over your first love. It’s something I’ve heard countless times. Like someone has to point out that your pain will never go away. That your shattered heart will never mend.
Because that’s exactly what my heart did the day I watched Asher Evans board that train- it shattered, splintering into a million tiny fragments that I didn’t think I’d ever be able to piece back together. He was the boy I had loved since I understood what loving someone meant. The one who knew me inside and out. The one who swore he’d never let me go. It’s been six years since that day and even now the memory haunts me like it was yesterday.
I’ve done my best to move on, to rebuild, and for the most part I’ve done pretty well. But all of that comes crashing down when Asher strolls back into town like he never left.
I don’t want to want him. I certainly don’t want to need him. But that doesn’t stop me from doing it anyway. Only things are different now. I’m different. I’m not the girl he left behind all those years ago. I may have been foolish enough to give him my heart once but I won’t make that mistake a second time. Or at least that’s what I tell myself until I’m standing face to face with the one man who has the power to break me all over again.
Love Me Like You Won’t Let Go is a STANDALONE second chance romance.
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Melissa Toppen is a Reader’s Choice Award Winning and Bestselling Author of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.
Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.
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