For Briar Gallo, her lifelong best friend, Benji, was more than the boy next door. He was her first—everything. Her first friend, her first kiss, her first love, and her first heartbreak. The day Benji left was the worst day of her life. Until the day he came back.
Benjamin Borelli always knew he’d find a way back to Briar—he just couldn’t foresee the devastating circumstances that would pave his way home. A lot has changed in the three years since he’s left. Benji is no longer the sweet, easygoing kid he once was. A lifestyle of drugs and violence has hardened him, leaving him hollow and despondent. But his feelings for Briar have always been his one constant.
When a series of wrong choices and bad decisions force Benji to flee back to his childhood home, he knows he has to clean himself up and straighten out the mess he’s made before he’ll be worthy of Briar again. But there’s no outrunning the danger of his past. With the threat so close to home, he must do whatever it takes to protect the girl he’s always loved—no matter the risk.
*Due to harsh language, violence, drug use, and sexual situations, this book is recommended for 17.
**THIS IS BOOK ONE IN A NEW TWO-BOOK SERIES. BOTH BOOKS ARE FULL LENGTH NOVELS.**
I was really surprised when I started reading this book. For some reason I thought it was going to be more like her other books and I found this one to be a little bit darker...but just as an enjoyable. It was an amazing read. Cheryl McIntyre has a way about sucking you into a world she has created and making you feel as if you are experiencing it as if you are right there through every word.
Briar and Benjamin had been friends since children. Three years apart can change a lot of things...except for their love for one another. But Benji's past mistakes isn't going to let them be together that easy. It's one dangerous turn after another. McIntyre gives us a thrilling page turner and leaves us with a breathtaking cliffhanger. I wanted to shake her. I was crying and cheering and cussing all in the span of a few minutes. I can not wait for book 2. I need it like now.