Xavier Stone has suffered loss after loss. And in the threat of losing once again, he's barely hanging on. There's one woman who creates a spark of interest so strong he can't seem to keep his hands to himself. She hates him. At least, that's what the mask of insults and indifference she wears wants him to believe, but her kiss tells another story. Xavier has lost too much. She may not be happy about it and can run all she wants, but Xavier's done losing.
I loved, LOVED this book! Sid's character is "everyday woman" believable. She's not tall, she not a stick. She is strong, she is curvy, and she runs her own business. Xavier is a man, not a kid. He is older than Sid (not by much) and loves her wit and appreciates her body. He sees the whole package. His family is the icing on the cake. Being raised around independent women, Xavier sees that in Sid, and instead of squashing it, he helps her bring it to light.
I fell in love with Sadie Grubor's writing with Falling Stars, in which her original characters, Chris and Mia, gutted me emotionally. Her characters spring to life on the pages of her books. In her last book, HITS, Sid was a side-kick character, which took on a life of her own. With this book, Sadie grounded me with Sid and Xavier's story. It was beautiful seeing an independent woman, full of self-doubt, be loved and cherished by an equally independent man, and slowly begin to leave her self-doubt behind. This is part of her Falling Stars series, but it can be read as a stand-alone. I give this new addition 5 "screaming fan" stars!!!