If K. A. Linde achieves nothing else with this book, she certainly helps you understand the mind of an addict.
Austin Wright, who you will recall from The Wright Brother and The Wright Boss, is an alcoholic. His family indulges him, largely because they are too distracted with their own love lives (see Wright, Jensen and Wright, Landon), not to mention the family construction business. They know Austin needs help, but it feels pointless to help someone who doesn’t want to help himself.
Julia, the head of HR, and Austin shared an intense relationship two years ago that imploded, largely thanks to Austin’s poor decisions. Each still has a thing for the other, but Austin needs to adjust his priorities. Alcohol cannot be a part of his life.
When he and Julia begin a tentative rapprochement, it is contingent upon Austin not drinking.
And here is where K. A. Linde hits the right notes in this book: Austin can’t quit drinking for someone else. He can’t give up his addiction – his crutch – even though he dearly wishes he could. He wants to be the man Julia believes he can be, but it is not that simple. This is something Austin needs to do for himself. Unfortunately, it is going to take heartbreaking loss, near-loss, shame, and defeat for him to get there.
Yes, this book is packed with angst. Yes, Linde is going to make you cry. But there are also some scorching hot sexy times. So never you fear about that because she delivers the quiver.
My only quibble with this book is a subplot that is dispensed with fairly simplistically. Juxtaposed next to Austin’s struggles, this seems perhaps more glaring than it would have under different circumstances.
I have liked Austin since I first met him in Jensen’s book, and I am so glad to read his story. As for the Wright sisters, Linde has promised one devoted to Morgan. Sutton, though. You will barrage Linde with demands for Sutton when you finish this book.
A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde…
I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.
He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.
The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.
A second chance might destroy us both.
Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.
K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.
She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.