Brody Markham has endured a nightmare, spending the last five years in prison and losing everything that was dear to him. Now he’s back home, trying to survive in a world he doesn’t recognize anymore. While his family and friends desperately try to reach through to him, he shelters himself further and further away from their love.
Alyssa Myers has worked her entire life to distance herself from the luxurious and privileged lifestyle in which she was raised. Running her non-profit agency, The Haven, she is content to spend her days helping abused animals find sanctuary, which fulfills her in a way that money just can’t buy.
Maybe it’s that she recognizes in Brody some of the same characteristics she sees in her homeless wards, but Alyssa is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.
While Brody struggles to surface from the darkness, Alyssa tries to protect her heart in case he’s not willing to accept the light that she offers him.
You know what I love?
I love finding a book the encompasses EVERYTHING I love about reading into one story! And this book definitely does.
This story is fresh and original. Little twists and turns throughout the book hold your interest, and before you know it, you are completely engrossed in Brody and Alyssa.
Brody has just been released from his 5 year stay in prison. Catching up with family and friends, he runs into Alyssa. Knowing that she is from a wealthy family, Brody automatically assumes that she is a spoiled, rich, “princess” type – and has no problem letting her know it.
After seeing her around, Brody quickly realizes that Alyssa is nothing like he thought. She is hardworking and honest. A good person, through and through – one that has tried to distance herself from the attitudes and lifestyles of her parents and their socialite friends.
Recognizing that Alyssa is nothing like that, and that she would rather chew off her own arm than ask for help – Brody decides to complete his community service hours at The Haven, Alyssa’s non-profit animal shelter.
Thus starts a slow building, but intensely beautiful romance. But it was just rainbows and butterflies. Brody has a lot of demons to work through. And Alyssa has a crazy past that seems to be catching up with her. It’s going to take them both to make it out of this together. But the love that the develop for each other…..sheesh!
"I want him more than I think I’ve ever wanted anything in my life. And it’s not just because of the resplendency of his form, or the model-like perfection of his face. It’s just as much the fact that Brody is a good man that has suffered, yet he bears a noble presence even in the face of his tragic circumstances. Yes, he is a good man. Twisted and broken? Probably. But a good man all the same.”
I loved this book! There was no insta-love. There were no overdramatic heroines. No unbelievably perfect hero. Brody and Alyssa were so….real. Their story was so honest. It was a steady build of trust that lead to a deeply intense romance. You never doubted how they felt about each other. When Brody didn’t think he was good enough, Alyssa was there to assure him that he was. When Alyssa didn’t think she could handle anything anymore, Brody was there to share the load. It was a give-and-take relationship where you genuinely liked BOTH characters.
This was a beautiful story of second chances and once-in-a-lifetime love. From the first page to the last word, you will fall hopelessly in love with Brody and Alyssa. I know I did!
"It is simply the most beautiful experience of my life, and I just kissed my soul goodbye for good."
5 Wonderful Stars!