Author: Kasey Millstead
Series: , #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: July 18, 2013
Page Count: 220
Ever since her parents passed away in a tragic car accident, Eden Cross has been living a quiet, stable and predictable life in inner Sydney – the total opposite of her carefree, relaxed, happy-go-lucky past. Her parents passing and the fact she’s an only child meant Eden was left with her best friend, Jules and Matt, her boyfriend of three years as her only family. That was until she discovered something about Matt that would turn her life upside down. Eden leaves Sydney in a hurry and begins an adventure that takes her across four Australian states before she lands in Pine Creek, Northern Territory.
Jackson Henley has lived in Pine Creek his entire life. He runs a massive cattle and cropping station with his twin brother, Jeremy, which they inherited when their parents retired. He’s had a bad experience with relationships courtesy of The Bitch - Dannika, so lately he’s preferred to play the field. That is, until he comes face to face with the stunning brunette beauty who’s behind the bar at the Cow and Calf. The problem is, she won’t tell him her name, she won’t give him the time of day, and she won’t give him a chance to prove himself.
What’s it going to take for Eden to give Jackson a chance? Does he have the patience to even bother fighting for her? How will he handle the competition?
In the end, will Jackson have what it takes to convince Eden to start living again, instead of just existing?
Eden has been in a three year relationship with Matt, though it has not been a fulfilling one she clings to it until she catches him cheating on her. After the shock of walking in on Matt and the other woman Eden takes a leave of absence from her job and travels around Australia. After 6 weeks on the road she finds herself in Pine Creek. Edie is immediately filled with a sense of being “home” when she arrives in Pine Creek. She finds lodging and begins working at the local bar. She begins making friends with many of the locals, Doreen the bar owner, Skip, the old man who comes to the bar every night, Ava the coffee shop girl and finally she meets Jackson Henley.
Jackson’s first impression leaves much to be desired and Edie labels him a man whore. Jackson is a strong Alpha male and I love how he relentlessly pursues Edie. She finally gives in to Jackson and they begin a relationship even though she is scared to trust again after Matt. Than that idiot, Matt shows up and pulls some real stupid shit on our poor Edie but in the end he gets what he deserves. Matt’s actions do bring Jackson and Edie closer. They still have a few more bumps in the road before they finally getting their happy ever after but its fun ride to take with them.
The story was well written and the characters were well developed. I truly understood each one’s personality and that always makes the story more enjoyable. The story line was entertaining with a great pace. It didn’t rush but didn’t drag either…it was just right 🙂 I can’t wait until the second book comes out telling Jeremy and Ava’s story.
As I’m walking, I see a car coming up Jackson’s driveway. I quicken my pace so I can meet them at the gateway and ask them to drive me back to the house. I manage to arrive at the same time as the sporty little jeep.
The tinted window rolls down and there sits a smug looking Dannika. She blows a bubble with her bubblegum until it makes a loud pop! and then says in a sickly sweet voice, “Exercising to try and lose some of that fat ass and tubby gut, are we?”
And what the hell was she doing at Jackson’s? At mine and Jackson’s home?
“What are you doing out here Dannika?”
“Nothing I’m sure you’d want to know, but if you like, I could give you details. I’m feeling pretty mellow and generous after the orgasm I just had.”
I swallow down the vomit that rises in my throat as her words hit me full frontal right where it hurts. I try my best to school my features so she doesn’t know how much her words sting.
“What’s your problem, Dannika?”
“Me? Oh, I don’t have a problem …now. I’m sure you’re well aware of how calming an orgasm from Jackson can be…” Her lips curl with disgust as she looks me over.
“Why don’t you just fuck off and leave us alone?” I snap before turning and walking away.
“If your boyfriend would stop texting me for sex, maybe I would leave you both alone,” she shouts then stomps on her accelerator causing the back wheels to spin as she roars off.
I walk towards the house, lost in my thoughts. There’s a good chance I got mobile service along the way but I was too caught up in my head to keep checking my phone.
Did Jackson really just fuck Dannika?
What if he did?
What will I do? Stay and fight? Call it quits?
Is he worth fighting for? Without a doubt, yes.
Fuck, this hurts so much more than last time.
I dash the tears I didn’t even know had fallen off my cheeks as the house comes into sight. Jackson’s Cruiser is parked in the garage. That means he is home. My eyes water again. Secretly I was hoping to arrive home and he wouldn’t be here. That would give me hope that Dannika was full of shit.
I walk up to the house and through the front door. I look around, for what I don’t know. Maybe evidence that shows what Dannika said is true? As I walk into our bedroom my hearts thuds hard against my rib cage. Nothing looks out of place. I hear the shower cut off and Jackson walks out of the bathroom. I watch the beads of water run from his hair down his chiseled stomach to be soaked up by the white towel that is wrapped around his waist.