Title: When I’m With You
Series: Hope Town #3
Author: Harper Sloan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch
It’s nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and believe they would die before hurting you. I’ve witnessed it—I’ve seen the power of it—but I’ve also seen the pain. Because for me, I’ve only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I’m not sure I can because I only feel complete when I’m with her.
The only time I feel like I belong is when he’s near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones. Any insecurities I have vanish with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave. Now, I’m not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I’m with him.
He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn’t understand. I said we could weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.
Nate Reid is a child of one of the Corps Security founders. He’s an alpha male like his father. He’s loyal to his family, both immediate and extended, but doesn’t want to be involved in the security business. He wants to make his own way in life. He’s saved up money and is about to open his business, a hip new night club.
Emberlyn Locke is also a child of one of the Corps Security founders. She’s grown up with Nate and has loved him almost that long. When an eighteen year old Eberlyn tells Nate how she feels about him, Nate rebuffs her and Emberlyn cuts him out of her life. Nate turned her away because he was young and a punk. That decision has haunted him ever since.
Good suspense, laugh out loud moments, and some hot sex. Oddly enough, the sex is where the book feel apart for me. Nate was a little too much of a DOM for me. It creeped me out and made me feel differently about the book.