I’ve come from a privileged life and an even more privileged upbringing. My parents taught me right from wrong and everything in between… except I wanted the gray area. I wanted to live life on the edge with the possibility of falling over. I didn’t care about the consequences because I had no heart…
I left that on the floor of my parents’ bedroom door, shattered.
And never went back to pick up the pieces.
I learned the meaning of the word hate.
I learned that life is a battlefield and I stood frontline.
I learned that praying doesn’t work and God doesn’t listen.
And I learned how to be a man…
All at the receiving end of my father’s fists, my mother’s tears, and my sisters screams.
You can’t run away from your past…
It will always find you, especially when you’re asleep.
Warning: Book contains adult situations.
Sex/language. Mature readers only.
This is a spin-off of the VIP series. I haven’t read those books so this was my first look at these characters. At first, I was concerned that I’d miss a lot by not reading those but even though I’m sure it would fill in some things, I don’t feel like I missed anything. These characters are raw and damaged but in need of a friend, companion, and love. There is a lot of seriously hot sex but also a lot of emotion.
Devon and Brooke are both scarred by their pasts. Devon has physical as well as mental scars from his horrible father in his childhood and he still suffers nightmares until he shares a bed with Brooke. Brooke was brought up privileged and in what she thought was a perfect household until she found out the truth about her dad. It shattered he ideals about love and her ‘almost boyfriend’ gave up on her along with her best friend. She has built some seriously high walls around her heart and until Devon comes along, she thinks she’s happy with her life at VIP. You can feel the raw emotion coming off the pages when you read this story. These two have a complicated relationship and I loved that its not perfect. It just makes it more real and theirs.
This story line will definitely keep you engrossed in the story. I was forced to put it down several times due to other things going on and I had felt like I had to wrench myself away from their story. I definitely recommend reading this book, even if you decide not to read the first 3 books. After reading this story, I will be putting the trilogy on my to-read list and can’t wait for book 5. 5 out of 5 palm trees!
I was there, but I wasn’t.
I danced around in a sea of emptiness and longing, it moved around me easily, carelessly, harshly.
It was all and it was nothing.
It made me full and it made me empty.
It pleased me and it dismayed me.
I didn’t care. I was there to do a job. To be a VIP. I played my part beautifully, just as I always did. Letting myself get taken away on empty promises of nothing, but somehow seemed like everything.