Months ago, our easygoing friendship had morphed into an awkward dance of fleeting glances, lingering touches, and an unstoppable amount of tension. I thought he’d felt it, too. The night of my high school graduation party, I went out on a limb and kissed him. When our lips met, every nerve ending in my body fired at once. Embers of lust burned deep inside me. I’d never felt anything like that before. The thought of being intimate with someone made me want to run to the nearest convent. But not with Griffin. When our bodies connected, I felt whole and alive in a way I’d never felt before. Then he’d done what I’d least expected… he’d pushed me away.
Jillian and Griffin are best friends and they have been together through thick and thin, ever since her parents were killed in 9/11. He has helped her through everything, from dealing with an older sister who still blames her for their parents death to her own near death experience.
‘Here, what about this?’ He placed the applique on his head and batted his eyelashes. A swell of laughter pushed its way from my core and though my lips. ‘Or this,’ he continued, holding up each tassel to his chest, twirling them around suggestively. ‘Stop…stop,’ I cried, punching his shoulder, laughing. His strong hands lightly pushed me backward and I fell on my back, sighing. Griffin tossed the tassels back onto the pile and sat up on his knees, smiling at me. I laughed again and turned my head to look at him. ‘If the guys could see you now,’ I giggled. ‘Uh-uh,’ he tsked, waving his index finger back and forth. He shuffled on his knees through the glittery mess between us and hovered over me. ‘You promised.’ Griffin pressed his calloused finger to my lips and smirked. ‘You locked it and threw away the key.’
I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I really liked Griffin throughout this story. Even though he was a bit lost (feelings wise) at times, he ultimately always knows what he wants and he works to get it. Jillian got on my nerves in the beginning because I felt like she was holding onto all the negative things in her life rather than the positive(this got on my nerves, I yelled at her a bit… it made me feel better). Luckily, she grew throughout the story and became stronger with Griffin’s and her friends (and therapist’s) help. There were a few things in the story that were a bit confusing, but overall it was a great read and (though it was kinda predictable) I really enjoyed it and look forward to more from Marie Meyer in the future. It is a standalone by the way ;).