10 years. 3,650 days. 87,600 hours.
That’s how long it has been since I saw my best friend. But who’s counting? Walking away from Luke Thomas was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but the choice was out of my hands. I left Las Vegas a seventeen-year-old girl, afraid and alone, and returned about the same. I was forced into a situation I didn’t want to be in. Until that day. I haven’t seen him in ten long years, but one look at the man he became and that killer smile, and I knew I would never be the same.
Life goes on.
I learned that valuable piece of information at a young age, but sometimes a memory creeps up and smacks me square in the face. Or more accurately, a person. The day my best friend walked away was the day I realized I’d never be the same. My life became work, family, and women, and I was doing great. Then she walked back into my life. One look at the grown-version of Sidney Rogen leaves me breathless and yearning for more.
But love is never easy.
And our love story isn’t perfect.
In a heartbeat, one person can wrap around you so tightly, you’re entwined forever. That’s our love.
I LOVED the introduction we were given. Luke, on the eve of his graduation from high school, learns that the "girl next door" who is also his best friend, Sydney, is moving the next day. They are both faced with what could have been. Fast forward ten years later, and they get to meet again. She's working in her father's hotel, and he is the owner of the security firm that the hotel has hired. Ten years has not cooled either of their desires and longing toward each other.
I was enthralled with this story. Sidney is full of insecurities, but not so much that she comes across as whiny or weak. In fact, she is just the opposite, holding her own against the playboy that Luke has become. It is Luke who lets his insecurities shine through. In fact, some of his reactions are hilarious and I found myself laughing. But the story was also emotional, and I was crying as well.
This was a wonderful story and I can wait to read the other two books in Lacey Black's Bound Together series. 5 stars!