Emory faces life’s challenges at the one place that’s never failed her, the ballet barre. But even the barre can’t steady her when fate brings her face-to-face with her old college flame, Mason, who’s hoping to return to the NFL after a career-threatening injury. Before they can surrender to their sexual desires and find salvation in each other’s arms, they need to come to terms with their past. Mason must confront the demons that have set him on a path of self-destruction, while Emory must decide whether to keep her painful secrets locked away, or expose them and risk losing the love of her life. But nothing can prepare Mason for what Emory has kept hidden, or the possibility that he himself may be to blame for the very secrets she keeps – and why they continue to haunt her.
Emory Claire is trying to plan a wedding with her fiancé at the start, her boring , stuffy fiancé Eric. She is hesitating about setting a date, he says no date, no ring . She stops at the local food joint to get some good comfort food to eat with Wesley, her gay roommate. She gets wet in the rain . Picking up the prized ribs with extra sauce she turns and slams into a hard chest dumping the sauce all over them. EEEK, behind the hard body is Mason the only man she has ever loved, the one who dumped her in college, the one who broke her heart, the heart that has never really healed.
Emory was a beautiful ballerina in college while dating Mason and had plans to make it a career before a devastating breakup and injury smashed those plans. It is hard for her to be around Mason, she still loves him but he hurt her so badly.
Turns out Mason is scouting for a new football team to play for. He and Emory spend some time together talking and getting to know each other all over again. Of course Eric the stuffy ex-fiancé makes a come back effort as well. Then there is Alexis the bitch that Mason is in the process of divorcing, the girl that he started seeing days after he and Emory broke up.
All the characters in this story are very fleshed out. The relationship between Wesley and his boyfriend Tomas was amazing. Mason’s bitching mother had a few scene stealers of her own as did his brother Steven with his pregnant wife Olivia.
This story was simply a well done love story. It was great that all the intimacy was emotional, there were not distracted by jumping into bed all the times. We had time to really get to know the characters and their struggles as they get to know one another again and deal with the past and all the heartbreak there. They have a lot of hurt feeling to get through and a lot of trust to rebuild. The author portrayed both the feelings of Mason and Emory with a lot of depth, I was teary eyed for both of them on a number of occasions. They were real people in love trying to figure out if forever would work for them. Loved it 4.5/5. I picked a night to read it when I was alone in the house with no interruptions and I really enjoyed myself.
She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College in 1997 with a degree in sociology. She went on to Tulane University to receive her MSW in 1998, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband and two children.
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