Brought to you OBS reviewer Una
“The thing he loves most in the world will kill him. It’s only a matter of time . . . ”
College student Charlotte O’Brien is lost and she can’t find her way home. Devastated by her parents’ tragic deaths, she aches for any kind of connection . . . and finds it in a man who is all wrong for her. Jason Leer is a rough-hewn steer wrestler from Oklahoma-and the hottest thing Charlotte has ever laid eyes on. Yet he has his own dark secrets . . .
Burying herself in Jason, Charlotte soon discovers that life doesn’t have to be so painful. When they’re together their passion eclipses everything-and Charlotte can finally begin to see a way out of the darkness of her past. Fighting for a future with Jason won’t be easy, but for the first time since her parents’ deaths, this lost soul might have finally found a place that feels like home.
On reading this book I became frustrated with the immaturity of Charlotte and Jason. Charlotte is a 20 year old Rutgers student who on coming home meets Jason and feels an immediate sexual attraction. Her mother’s last words to her before her parents tragic death was not to fall for a cowboy. After the parents death Charlotte goes on a self -destruct pattern as she tries to deal with their sudden deaths. With Jason she is insatiable wanting him sexually more and more as she looks to him to satisfy her need for a connection to the stability of home. At school she is wild and she dabbles in drugs and partying. Throughout most of the book she seems out of control and fighting Jason’s controlling need for her and dealing with her “love” for him. Trying to maintain who she was and who she sees herself in the future consumes her.
Jason on the other hand is dealing with his own grief. He engages in a rough and unstable lifestyle and the roughness comes through in his sexual encounters and the rodeo events he partakes in, trying to deal with the underlying anger he is feeling. He lives the life of a rodeo superstar, and although he “loves “Charlotte, he is constantly wondering if he can save her from everything so he will never lose her. This comes across in controlling behavior which is stifling at times.
The whole book seemed to be a series of crisis and makeup sexual encounters. I must say I was ready to scream at both Charlotte and Jason by the middle of the book. “You both need grief counselling; Get you own life together and maybe your relationship will have a chance” When finally they seem to get their relationship together and the reader breathes a sigh of relief, Jason returns to ask forgiveness. The last page divulges what he needs to be forgiven for and you can see the second book being born. I personally don’t think I can take the drama of the next book unless the story unfolds better and the sex scenes are not so consuming.