Ellie Brooks has spent the past two years of her life building barriers around herself that are guaranteed to keep people out and her demons in. She doesn’t want to get close to anyone for fear of being hurt again. When she meets Latin superstar Victor Garza, she is shocked at how quickly he is able to penetrate her armor. She doesn’t want to let him in but can’t deny the chemistry they have. He has the potential to heal her wounds and open her heart but she isn’t sure she can let him.
Will love be enough to keep them together or will Ellie’s past prove to be too much for the pair to overcome?
Elle Brooks is emotionally closed off and doesn’t believe in dating or love anymore. She lets no man into her life and has no intention of changing that anytime soon. It is her niece’s birthday and she needs to get her a gift. Elle literally bumps into Victor Garza outside the bathroom of the bookstore. She has no idea that he is a famous singer, all she sees is a HOT Latin man! Despite her life choice to remain single, she can’t help but be attracted to schmexy Victor. Victor finds Elle’s clumsiness and small conversation adorable, but she leaves before he has a chance to speak to her more. Luck would have it that they meet again, and he convinces Elle (Ellie as he calls her) to go out with him.
I originally had rated this at a 3 because I really liked Victor but wasn’t really Ellie’s fan. She is very insecure and puts herself down constantly. Ellie acts like she is undeserving of Victor and at some points it wore on my nerves. My change of heart happened because you want to like Elle, you want to know what in the world happened to her to make her this way. The story itself isn’t bad, it was just my irritation towards Elle but it does change.
This is what made me fall in love with Victor’s character…they have that connection that you can’t fully explain. He is patient, but yet demanding of her. He knows how far he can push Ellie without her running away, and if she does run he chases her. Victor just seems genuinely happy that he doesn’t have someone just wanting to be with him because of his stardom. When Victor seems that he will give up everything for Ellie, including his career, his mother (who is certifiable) steps in. Victor again shows his love for Ellie by choosing her and letting his mother know she will not control his life, or his relationship. Victor just wants Ellie to tear down her walls and let him in. He loves her, whole-heartedly and is willing to give her everything she needs, she just has to let him.
FINALLY, you find out exactly what happened to Ellie and I think a part of my heart broke. I can’t possibly begin to imagine the despair and pain she went through. I only wish she had told him sooner so that I wasn’t so lukewarm to her throughout so much of the book.
I enjoyed the book though, it was great to read a story that had an ending. It was nice to not to be tortured with month after month of waiting for the next book. Definitely my perfect book for a beach day, where you want some love, some heat, and just a great story!