Title: Reaching Rachel
Series: Living Again #2
Author: L.L. Collins
Release Date: January 19, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Review—Reaching Rachel by LL Collins
“Her innate way of screwing everything up had just made the man of her dreams walk away from her forever. She couldn’t tell him. She just couldn’t. She couldn’t let him ruin his career over her. So she let him think the absolute worst of her.”
Rachel Dawson knows she’s got the total package. Using her body as a way to shield her pain is the only thing she knows to do after she closed her heart off five years ago. No man would ever get close enough to her again, and most of them seemed okay with it.
“She knew the effect she had on men. It was fun, a game she liked to play. Some may call her a tease, thought if she was interested, she was anything but. Just don’t plan on pinning her down, both figuratively and literally. She was in control. Always.”
Control. The one thing Rachel clung to in her life of complete and utter chaos. Alone (by choice) and making the best of the situation she created for herself. Sitting at the bar one evening, it seems her luck just might have changed…Justin. Sexy, dark hair, dark eyes, tan, muscular; yeah a girl can do a lot with that. He’s rough hands and smooth talking, perfect. One night, okay or two can’t hurt. Rachel is in control…except that doesn’t sit well with Justin and all too soon, things start to change.
“She was used to guys just moving on and not coming back if she pushed them away. He was walking towards her. He would be right in front of her soon. She was mad at him. She was furious. He hurt her. He embarrassed her. No one got away with doing that. She didn’t need him. Then why was her heart racing?”
“I was with a girl once that I thought was my forever. I have never felt for anyone the way I felt for her. But she taught me something, and that was that someone that loves you so fiercely can also destroy you in one fell swoop.”
Devin Putnam walked away. Away from the one woman that he never thought he’d have to live without. Unable to forgive her, but loving her so much, he did the only thing he could think to do. Leave.
Now, five years later; a city change, a new job opportunity…still he feels incomplete. The night he left Rachel, he left half of his heart and hasn’t been whole since. Taking a new job with the SWAT Team is a perfect distraction…moving to the west coast of Florida to yet another place no one knows him. Little does he know that his past and future are about to collide…in the worst possible way.
“How did this happen,” she cried out, easing herself on the edge of the bed. “I’m so stupid, so so stupid. I should’ve seen this coming the night he grabbed me at the restaurant.” But she knew that nothing could’ve prepared her for what he had done.”
Okay, this book was completely different from what I expected. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. After reading Living Again (which tore my heart to complete shreds) I was almost afraid to read Reaching Rachel for fear that my emotions would be completely destroyed by LL again. I can honestly say, this book did not have the same effect on me. I was relieved. At the same time, it was original and sad, and down-right-knuckle-biting-hands-shaking-heart-pounding-knees-curled-under-me crazy! I was thrilled when I could finally take a full breath, I felt like I was holding it for almost half the story.
I think that LL Collins is one of the most talented writers I have had the privilege of reading. The emotions she evokes in her characters and storyline just grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go until the very end. I look forward to reading more of her work, and having my heart put through the emotional wringer once again. Fabulous!
**4 Second Chances Do Happen Stars**
Rachel has always been seen as a wild child, never committing or settling down. She wants it that way, so that no one ever finds out the truth. Deep down, she is crushed over something that happened years ago that resulted in losing the only man she ever loved. Then she meets someone who tries to convince her that she’s ready to commit again. But some things are not what they seem. Realizing too late that she’s in over her head, and with her life on the line, she comes face to face with her past in a way she never thought possible. Devin was in love once, and it destroyed him, making him swear off love forever. After a promotion and subsequent move unexpectedly brings him into the middle of her dangerous situation, he must come face to face with his past and to the woman who broke him into pieces. But she needs help. Desperately. And maybe, just maybe, he didn't know the real truth of their past. Can he help her survive the terrible ordeal she's been through, and during it all, can he safeguard his heart from her? Or will the truth of the pain that has kept them apart show him that he can't live without her after all?
Rachel lifted her face and pressed a kiss to her favorite arm her spot. “Devin, all of these years, I’ve been trying so hard to replace you, to make my mind forget by filling it with…men. But, every time, Dev. Every single time, I was disappointed. No one can ever be you because you are the only one for me. And to answer your question, yes. I’m more than okay. That wasn’t just sex, Devin. That was you, bringing me back to life. I want to do that over, and over and over again. And next time,” she rolled over to face him, a glint in her eye. “I want it like I know you wanted to do it this time. Hard, fast, and in whatever position you want it. We had some fabulous times together. Let’s do that again.” “I want nothing more than to do it all,” Devin said, his voice low. “But don’t mistake what just happened for me just being gentle on you. I wanted to make love to you, to show you what you mean to me. I can tell you all day long, but I wanted you to feel it; feel me. My heart is beating only for you. My body is yours. I love you, Rachel.” She climbed back on top of him, pressing her body against him. “Devin,” she said, her face even with his. Pressing kisses to his eyes, nose, then lips, her body started shaking. Why was this so hard for her? She knew it like she knew her own name, but saying it was so difficult for her. “I…” She dipped her head down and kissed his ear, running her tongue along it, then his neck. When goose bumps broke out on his body, she grinned against his neck. Going back to his lips, she put her hands against his face and looked at him in the eyes. “I love your eyes,” she whispered. “And your face. God help me, that body is to die for. But Devin?” “Yes.” “What I really love?” Rachel paused, willing her body to stop quivering. “Is you. I always have.” There, that wasn’t so bad. “I have since the night I met you, and I’ve never stopped. All this time, all these years, it’s only been you for me, Dev. I know we have shit to work through. But, I love you. I do. I don’t think there will ever be a moment where I’m not completely and totally in love with you.”
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