The Truth About Us by R.C. Stephens is OUT NOW!
Griffin Campbell was the typical bad boy. My father warned me not to get too close. But he’s handsome as hell with eyes the color of the ocean, and he’s fiercely loyal and loves unconditionally. I couldn’t stay away when he was the only boy to ever claim my heart. I gave him all my firsts . . . and he left me behind.
Ten years later, he’s returned home offering answers as to why he left because he wants me back—only I’m not the broken-hearted teenager he once fell for. His pretty eyes and killer muscles aren’t enough to mend the hurt that rages inside me.
Jolie Bryant was my best friend’s little sister. She’s sexy as hell, sweet as sin, and very forbidden—my favorite memory and my biggest regret.
I should stay away. I’m harboring secrets that will shatter her world.
The thing about secrets is that they always find a way to come out. I just hope that when mine do, she won’t turn away from me . . .
I want my second chance with the only girl I’ve ever loved, but it seems that fate has other plans.
Panty Scorching 2
Overall Rating 3.5
Kindle eArc provided by Author
Reviewed by Stephanie
Growing up Jolie was Griff’s best friend’s little sister so she was supposed to be off limits but the heart can’t help who it wants. These two fell in love between secret rendezvous and years spent getting to know each other. Even though they were teens, they had to keep their love hidden because Jolie’s brother and her judgmental and horrible Dad thought less of Griff. These two thought they’d be together forever but after one special night Griff was gone. He vanished from Jolie’s life without even saying goodbye and she was left heartbroken.
“He’s vanished from my life and I don’t understand why.”
Ten years later Jolie returns home and she’s definitely not the same girl Griffin left behind without an explanation. They say you never forget your first love and as much as he tried to move on, Griff can’t let go of Jolie. They are thrown together this time because of a family tragedy and Griff sees this as his chance to be with the only girl he has ever loved. He wants her back but she is still holding onto the pain of being abandoned ten years ago. Seeing each other brings up so many feeling she thought were buried and long forgotten. When Griff reveals the truth of why he left, will she be able to forgive him and give their love a second chance or are some things unforgivable?
“What happened to you Griffin Campbell? What made you run?”
I love a good second chance romance and this one had the whole I fell in love with my best friend’s sister too so I was definitely looking forward to reading it. It was a slow burn lead up for sure and it took me a while to get through some parts because honestly there was just a lot going on. I was having a little bit of a hard time connecting to the characters. There was a good amount of drama, angst and some twists I didn’t see coming thrown in there and it was a good read overall. I just think for me it would have been a better read had I had an easier time feeling the connection between Jolie and Griff. I do think a lot of people will love this book and I look forward to seeing more from this new to me author.
“It’s been a decade since I’ve seen her and still my heart beats for this woman. Why did I stay away so long?”
I throw my head back, laughing and happy that playful Jojo is back. “I remember the first time we kissed,” I say, looking into her eyes. She swallows. Her earlier playfulness falls away and is replaced with a serious, heated stare. “I remember the first time we danced.” My finger caresses the bare skin of her shoulder, and her green eyes go from shining emerald to a dark forest green.
“Griff,” she whispers a warning.
“I want to kiss you so bad.” My voice is gruff and filled with a need that far outweighs any craving for gelato. I don’t wait for her answer because the way she watches me has me undone.
My lips press to hers slowly, a soft caress, a begging for permission. Her fingers come up and rake through my hair, tugging me closer. My tongue peeks from my mouth, begging entrance to hers as she opens willingly.
The kiss is slow and testing at first. I’m scared of pushing too hard and having her pull away. She says she doesn’t want more, but the chemistry between us beats alive and strong. Her taste sets my body on fire as a million memories come crashing through my mind. Electricity sparks inside me, making me feel alive for the first time in what feels like forever. And now, with a simple kiss, I have come undone. My lonely heart beats in time with hers. My thumb brushes over the pulse point in her neck, and it thumps wild like mine.
“Jolie,” I say her name like a prayer.
“What are we doing?” she murmurs into my mouth.
“What feels right,” I answer into hers. Primal instinct begs me to take her on this kitchen counter and make her mine. My fingers pull at her scalp and she moans into my mouth, and my hard-on pulses to her sweet noises. The kiss intensifies until we are both breathless and panting when suddenly, she pulls away from me, pressing her hands to my shoulders.
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R.C. Stephens is a top 100 Amazon best selling author. She has written ten romance novels and plans to continue to write many more.
When she isn’t in her writing cave she is raising three lovely children with her adoring husband.
Her books are filled with humor, heartbreak, emotion and true love.
Born and raised in Toronto, she loves the winter, but Spring and Fall are her favorite seasons.
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