Title: Where Good Girls Go to Die
Series: The Good Girls #1
Release Date: April 13, 2017
It was a bad idea from the beginning.
He was my brother’s best friend and the definition of unavailable.
But I didn’t care.
I had loved him for as long as I could remember.
He was worth the risk. He was worth everything.
But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him. He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn’t there to catch me.
So I ran.
Four years later, I never expected to see him again.
He was still my brother’s best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever.
He looked every bit the bad boy I knew he was, covered in tattoos and a crooked smile.
Guarding my heart from him was top priority because Parker James was where good girls go to die.
Unfortunately for him, I wasn’t a good girl anymore.
Sometimes you start a book and in the first few pages you know it is going to be one of those stick-with-you, emotional reads. That’s how I felt with this book. I was sucked in and couldn’t put it down.
Oh romantic misunderstandings, why must you always ruin a good thing? Livy and Parker were young and in love once, until a misunderstanding tore them apart. Neither forgot the other, but Livy stayed away. Now, four years later, they are reunited under some rather embarrassing circumstance for poor Livy. The attraction is still there, pulsing through the scene with a heavy beat, but alas, Parker is getting married and it is NOT to Livy.
This is a second chance romance, brother’s best friend book to a T. Livy and Parker snuck around behind everyone’s back when they were young and now they have to fight their feelings for each other. There is a lot of back and forth between them and so much sexual tension it pops off the pages. There is a special tattoo (which the author sweetly included a picture of and I loved it!). Parker is torn. Livy is torn. However, while Parker follows his heart and the advice of his friend, Livy is less mature about the situation. She pushes things to the breaking point.
I know a lot of you don’t like cheating and love triangles. Fair warning, there is both in the book. It’s a toss up for me if I mind those things or not in my books. Honestly, it kind of comes down to how much the book sucked me in and in this case I was sucked in and didn’t really care. What I didn’t like was the back and forth from past to present. That’s just me. I would rather a prologue and then get to the meat of the story. I find it distracting. Again, that’s just my opinion.
Overall, this book is emotional and romantic with just the right amount of heat. Great characters add to it’s appeal and great writing make this a can’t miss book.
When Parker finally walked in the door, I could feel the darkness that surrounded him.
He set his keys down on the counter and stared at me from across the room.
“You’re still here.” His voice was soft and just hearing it seemed to calm some of my anxiety.
“I told you I would be.”
He nodded his head, but I could see how lost he was in his eyes.
“Are you okay?”
He shook his head and looked away from me.
“I’m just tired. I’m going to jump in the shower. Okay?”
I nodded my head and he made his way up the stairs without a backward glance.
As I watched his back disappear up the stairs, my chest ached. He was hurting. It was clear to see it, but I didn’t know how to make it better. I didn’t know how to make him let me back in.
I walked up the stairs and I heard the shower kick on as I entered his room. He had left the door cracked open, and even though I knew I was invading his privacy, I stood at the door and watched him. His forehead pressed against the shower wall, the cascade of water raining down on him.
I stripped my clothes off until I was completely bare, and I stepped into the shower behind him. He didn’t lift his head when he heard the shower door, but I watched the muscles of his back tense.
“Livy, what are you doing?”
“Parker, please.” I ran my hands down his back before pressing my chest against him.
“I’m sorry, Livy. I’m just fucked up in my head right now. I just need… I don’t know. I need to be alone.”
“Let me help you,” I whispered before I pressed my lips against his back.
He shook his head, water flying around him. “I’m just so mad at myself. I’m so fucking angry.” He slammed his fist against the shower wall, and I wrapped my arms around his chest.
“Take it out on me, Parker. Let me help you let go.”
He turned toward me, finally looking me in the eyes. “I love you, Livy.”
“I know,” I nodded my head, “but fuck me like you don’t.”
Bookaholic, firm believer in grand gestures, and obsessed with happily ever afters.
Holly Renee is from the small town of Maryville, TN where she was born and raised. She currently lives with her husband and fur baby, Luna. (Yes. She was named after Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter.)
Holly Renee is the author of her debut novel Letting Go.
During the day, Holly spends her time as a nurse, but once her shift ends, she falls deep into her passion of reading and writing.