Being in love with Shane Kelley was a lot of work.
Actually, being in love with him was easy, Isabelle conceded. Too easy.
It was the breaking up with him that proving to be difficult. Impossible even.
Isabelle Dixon and Shane Kelley have been dating for about 8 months. Well, ok they dated for six months and the last two months Isabelle has spent trying to break up with Shane. He really won’t take the break up for real going so far as to repeatedly ask her to move in with him. He can’t figure out why she wants to break up. Isabelle is the only woman he has ever loved. He is considering forever and ever and she wants to end it? He could almost believe that if it wasn’t for the late night booty calls and the fact that she still can’t stay away from him.
Isabelle has found out things about her health that are going to make her completely change her lifestyle. She will no longer be that party girl, the girl who can go all night long. She truly believes that is the person Shane fell in love with and to stop them from getting any deeper she wants to break up with him. The last thing she wants to do is ask Shane to change who he is in order to be with her. He is the life of the party, the one everyone turns to for a good time and she can’t do that any longer.
At age seven, he chose his path and hadn’t deviated from it since. He was going to be the guy that everyone wanted around, that no one wanted to leave, the life of the party, the one that people noticed and couldn’t get enough of.
Isabelle decides to take a vacation to get away from things. She needs to rethink how she lives her life and really come to terms with the changes that need to happen. She doesn’t think she can do that with Shane around though and wants to go by herself. Shane isn’t about to let her go off to some cabin alone so he takes his bike and follows behind her. This way he can leave if he needs to but he can also be sure she is safe.
Their journey forces them to sit down and talk about real problems for the first time. Their explosive chemistry and Isabelle’s ability to deflect have kept them from facing what they need to in order to address the future of their relationship. We see some heartbreaking realizations from Shane when he is faced with the reality of Isabelle’s issues.
I flip-flopped back and forth as to who I really felt for in this book. Shane has a very valid reason for the way he is. He isn’t just a party boy or someone who won’t commit. He is in love with Isabelle and wants to spend his life with her; however what she is asking will force major changes for him. He has to believe he can make those changes before they move forward. At times, Isabelle was frustrating. She has had ten months to face her problems yet she has put off doing anything. And she has made the decision for Shane that he wouldn’t be able to change for someone he loves without giving Shane any say in that choice.
He didn’t want to have to handcuff her -literally or metaphorically- to get her to open up about what was going on with her and how she was feeling and what he could to help her.
I have never read Erin Nicholas and I am still not sure why I grabbed this one. Actually, I think it was the blurb. I am a sucker for the already established relationship and the conflict that comes with keeping it established. I really enjoyed this book. I love the authentic feeling of two people struggling to make a relationship work with having an unexpected complication thrown in the mix. I was really involved in this couple and was rooting for them to figure it out. Plus the sexy times were verra sexy! I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a sweet love story and a good HEA. Final grade- B
I am sure there are many of you out there that have read her books. Can anyone tell me what your favorites are or what would be another good one for me to pick up?
Then again maybe that’s how love worked -the other person made you better than you could be on your own.