Ebook and print - Siren publishing - Novel
TBR reviewer: B.H (Brutally honest)
Devlin Barre has been through hell. If her uncle finds her, she's dead. When she looks into the warm brown eyes of the paramedic, she knows deep in her bones she can trust this man with her life. Devlin and Jake grow close, but, fearful of commitment, Devlin runs off to rebuild her life, leaving Jake heartbroken.
Five years later, Jake and Devlin meet again. Neither has forgotten a single detail of their time together. Both harbor the secret hope that they can begin again--this time, for keeps. But Devlin isn't the only person who ran off. Her uncle still waits for the right opportunity to get the one person who got away.
Note: This book contains rape of the heroine.
A few terms were out of places. I wouldn’t expect a 17 year old to say Foley Catheter. She could have cut down on the medical aspect. The sentences aren’t choppy but the story as a whole. It jumps from one place to another without much buffering to keep the flow.
That said, the story was heartwarming and really pulled me in. I couldn’t put it down and spent hours reading this immersed as the story progressed. I instantly liked Devlin. She had a great personality despite all that’s happened to her. Her uncle, beat and raped her but she managed to survive and thrive. Jake was by her side from the beginning. He is a tall, handsome hero that could make a woman melt with a simple wink. His character was beautifully written. The only thing I would change would be Devlin waiting for him sexually. She should have waited to sleep with other men when they had a miscommunication and separated. Though those relationships didn’t work, I feel that it gave her character a side I didn’t particularly like.
Still, Devlin and Jake are great together. The pages quickly steam up and really spin toward the erotic side. That scene right beside the party was absolutely magical and damned hot! Those last twenty pages had me literally on the edge of my seat. Ms. Barrett you’ll be getting the bill for my nails after I gnawed them up reading this, lol.
Normally with the issues stated above this would get a 4 out of 5 stars but it won’t. This is without a doubt 5 stars. The story of Dev and Jake is so moving. This is real romance, a heartwarming tale of true love with scenes hot enough to fog the windows. This just reiterates what a great author Julia Barrett is.
Excerpt of 'Anytime Darlin'
Devlin wasn’t inexperienced. She and Jason had been an item for a year and a half. They tried hard to make it work, but their close friendship got in the way, and both of them discovered they felt more comfortable with each other when they no longer shared a bed. She’d dated several men she’d met at school, and while she’d found the sex to be satisfying for a while, she’d never known anything, any man, like Jake. One look from him, one word, one touch, and she melted like butter left out in the hot summer sun.
Devlin had long legs, and she matched him stride for stride, admiring the flex of his tight buttocks as he walked six feet in front of her. Her stomach flip-flopped once again as she imagined those firm buttocks naked, moving beneath her hands, as Jake thrust into her. The picture was so vivid that her steps faltered, and she came to a complete stop.
Against her will, a soft moan escaped her. Jake stopped in midstride. Devlin knew she had betrayed herself, and her cheeks warmed. She covered her face with her hands, embarrassed that her desire for Jake was so obvious, so close to breaking free. She was afraid she’d humiliate herself by jumping him in his car.
Suddenly she felt Jake directly in front of her. Her luggage dropped to the pavement, forgotten. He pried her hands away from her face, threading his fingers through hers and holding them to her sides. He kissed her then, hard, as if staking a claim. There was nothing Devlin wanted more than to be claimed by Jake McKenna. She moaned into his mouth, making no effort to hide her need for him. He let go of her hands then, moving them to her waist. In agonizingly slow motion, Jake tugged her tee shirt free of her jeans. His warm palms pressed against her bare belly. Dev pulled her mouth away from Jake’s. Tossing back her head, she gasped at the skin-to-skin contact. His left hand moved to the small of her back, supporting her as she arched toward him, feeling his right hand slide upward, toward her breast. Jake’s palm felt wonderfully rough against her sensitive skin. Her nipples burned for his touch, and Devlin thought she would explode if he didn’t reach them soon.
Then his hand was there, covering her naked breast. Holding it, kneading it.
“Oh. God. Jake,” was all she could manage as his thumb flicked across her nipple. He pinched it, and Devlin almost screamed. She would have if Jake hadn’t backed her into a nearby pickup truck and taken her mouth with his. Devlin was out of control now as Jake thrust against her, each movement of his hips pressing the length of his stiff cock along her aching slit. She was so far gone she didn’t realize he’d unzipped her jeans until she felt his strong fingers slip between her folds and rub slow circles around her clit. Jake released her mouth and buried his face in her neck. The fingers of one hand twisted her nipple while he moved his other hand lower and slid a finger inside her. His teeth were on her neck, and he bit down, hard.