“You want a taste of what I can give you? Well, you know what, princess?” he sneered. “Get in the fucking line.”
Words that describe Caleb Montgomery: sinfully erotic, unbearably cold, beautifully devastating. Once upon a time, Maddie Ashby thought that he was the man of her dreams. But the boy with obsidian eyes that she’d once adored is long gone, replaced by a man whose broken past has molded and shaped him into someone unrecognizably cruel and hardened.
One mistake brings them together. Another will change both of their lives forever.
Note: Intended for mature audiences over 18+. This is a STANDALONE novel and can be read on its own even though it’s part of a series. No cliffhanger!
Reviewed by Stephanie
This is book three in the Bad Boys series by Emilia Winters but can be read as a stand- alone. Maddie has had a shitty night and to top it off her car breaks down in the middle of no-where and she doesn’t have her wallet or her cell phone to even call anyone to come to help her out. So what’s a girl to do? The only thing she can, suck it up and start walking in her super high heels. Like a light in the dark she stumbles upon Montgomery Restoration and Repair and by some miracle they are still open and she pleads her case to an older man working. But when he calls the boss down to help her out Maddie is suddenly transported back in time when she comes face to face with a boy who is now a man she thought she would never see again.
“Maddie felt as though she was seeing a ghost. Caleb Montgomery. Almost ten years later, here he was…”
Maddie isn’t all that surprised when Caleb doesn’t recognize her, he may have been one of her older brother’s closest friends but it has been ten years and she doesn’t look the same. Neither does he, he looks better, way better. Like that’s even possible. He also looks pissed off. Caleb doesn’t have the time or patience to deal with the damsel in distress on front of him. Women like her are a waste of time, hell all women as far as he is concerned are. They are only good for one thing and he isn’t interested, no matter how hot she may look in her heels.
“You’re just some irresponsible, spoiled, desperate little girl, wanting a taste of what I can give you. Well, you know what, princess? Get in the fucking line.”
When Caleb gives Maddie the news on her much her car will cost to get fixed she knows she can’t afford it and her pride keeps her from asking for help from her family but that doesn’t keep her from coming to an agreement to work the money off doing the books for Caleb’s shop. The sexual chemistry between these two is intense and the more time these two spend together it turns into a push and pull scenario. Maddie deeply cares for Caleb and always has. But Caleb doesn’t do relationships for a reason. Something terrible happened to him in his past that has left him a broken man. Maddie heard the rumors when Caleb sort of just vanished towards the end of high school but had always hoped they weren’t true. She vows to not give up on him and to help him heal. As much as he pushes her away she pushes back. Soon the wall he has built around his heart starts to crack and it’s for sure not an easy road for them and they fight like hell to get where we want them to go.
“I need you to not give up on me, “Because I won’t ever give up on us.”
This was my first read by this Author and I really enjoyed it. It did start out a little slowly for my liking but once it picked up it didn’t stop. I really loved how Maddie was a strong, confident character who knew what she wanted out of life and wasn’t afraid to fight for it. I totally loved Caleb, who doesn’t love a beautiful broken man. You just want to climb right into the story and try to fix him right along with Maddie. I’m looking forward to reading more from this Author.
“Loving someone is a good thing. It’s a beautiful thing.”
Caleb’s eyes followed the pink flash of her tongue. A shot of adrenaline pumped through her body when she saw him swallow, hard. His voice was huskier when he asked, “You want to be kissed, princess?”
Maddie sharply inhaled. She didn’t even need to answer. Caleb saw her enthusiasm, the way her eyes widened ever so slightly, how her cheeks flushed pink, how she leaned forward.
He gave her a dark, knowing smirk that made her breath quicken. Stepping even closer, although their bodies still didn’t touch, he murmured, “Do you want to know something, Maddie? I haven’t kissed a woman in almost eight years.” Her brows drew, struggling to process his words. “But I have fucked a lot of women in eight years. What does that tell you?”
Maddie ignored the searing flash of jealousy and the bitter burn of humiliation that swept through her. How many women had experienced the man she’d once wanted all to herself?
Her tongue felt glued to the roof of her mouth. “I know what you’re trying to do,” she whispered.
“And what’s that?”
“Scare me away,” she answered truthfully, the words tumbling from her lips. “But do you want to know what I think? I think you’re scared of me.”
“And why would I be afraid of you?” he asked, his defenses rising. A tangible wall. His eyes swept over her. His desire was gone, replaced with something that made her want to shrink away, something like disdain. The high that she felt taking charge had disappeared and she was left shaking as she came down. “You’re just some irresponsible, spoiled, desperate little girl, wanting a taste of what I can give you. Well, you know what, princess? Get in the fucking line.”