Courtney Gallagher is a single mom doing her best at raising her young son. She longs to feel wanted again, to receive the touch of a loving man. Even though her heart is fragile, she has hope there’s someone out there for her and her son.
Courtney rents a place from Sam, and their relationship becomes complicated. Sam is willing to let her in his bed, but not his heart. Courtney feels a pull towards Sam, but learns that trust is definitely something to be earned.
Can she forgive his mistakes? Does he want to be forgiven?
“Is it really gonna be like this?”
I sit in my chair, back to him, and start twirling pasta. His arms cage me in from behind and his stubble tickles my cheek. “You acting pissed at me. I told you. I fucking told you that I can't do more. I told you to make me leave, but you didn’t.”
He runs his nose behind my ear, and I clench the arms of the chair, forcing myself to stay still. I don’t want him to see how affected I am. “But you didn’t. So we fucked, Courtney. And we could do it again. In fact, I jack off thinking about doing it again. You know where I live if you want a repeat.”
Sam was not kidding about his issues with trust. Spend the majority of the book being a jerk. Okay that was harsh but he is not the nicest guy when it comes to his feelings or the feeling of others, especially Courtney's. He uses women for one thing and that is it. He cannot be what Courtney deserves. He is not her hero.
Poor Courtney, she is a single mom forced to work two jobs so that she can support her 5 year old son Ben,, that her ex (Matt) denies being his. She rents a place from Sam and cannot help but find him hot. He is kind to Ben and is easy on the eyes. Too bad he has an endless stream of women coming and going from his place, so she know that he is not for her.
The complication in their relationship comes in the form of drunk Courtney making a pass at Sam. She makes him experience "feelings" that he does not want to have. He has been burned by people in his past, people that mattered, and cannot take that chance again. Sam and Courtney do eventually give in to their mutual attraction only to have the moment ruined by Sams insensitive remarks afterward.
***RANT ALERT*** I will stop right there and say Sam kinda made me mad a few times in this book with his self sabotage BUT Courtney pissed me off. She KNEW that Sam was flawed and was emotionally detached yet she gets involved with him anyway. She has visions of "hearts and flowers" and he is all about the "wham, bam, thank you ma'am". Knowing he is a man whore and she gets him to agree to be exclusive should have been enough for a while but she really was pushy and kinda clingy. She knew better, he did not lie or misrepresent himself to her. She did all that to herself. Okay, I feel better now. Sorry, so uh, anyway where was I...**End Rant**
Even though their relationship is complicated and gets even more so when Matt (the ex) decides he wants to have custody of Ben, Sam never falters in his loyalty to Courtney and Ben. When it matters, Sam steps up, but he may be a day late and a dollar short when it comes to a relationship with Courtney.
On a side note Ben is the sweetest and most adorable 5 year old in the world. The loves to "help" out Sam in his garage and loves to spend time with his mom, when she can spare it between her two jobs.
This book makes you mad, (see rant above), it makes you cry, (Sam and Courtney equally have some baggage) but it also makes you smile. The sign of a good book is its ability to make you FEEL and boy did it ever.