Review copy courtesy of NetGalley.
I kept searching NetGalley for my next best read. You know the kind you just don’t want to put down–well, that was the kind I wanted to find. And isn’t it a weird feeling when you come across a new to you author, and you don’t know if to get the book or not to? I am way too familiar with that feeling, and it just never gets old. Anyway… I kept looking at the covers and reading the blurbs but You Own Me by Shiloh Walker stood out. And who hasn’t read Shiloh Walker, right? *blushes* I hadn’t read her yet–not until now. I’ll say, I was very happy with my new find.
You Own Me starts with a dream based on something that happened in the past. I have to say that’s pretty ingenious way to let the backstory in without sounding like it is backstory 😉 This dream doesn’t exactly say what happened, all you know is that there is this guy who went to prison for a crime he was guilty of. Shocker, right? At least for me it was because usually the hero goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Not drop-dead-gorgeous Decker.
Let’s fast-forward. Years go by and Decker gets out of prison and tries to make a life for himself the best he can. He doesn’t have any regrets about what he did, and the only thing he wishes hadn’t happened was for Lizzie to end up with the jerk she’s dating. Decker has always loved her but he won’t say it. Though he tries hard to keep the way he feels toward Lizzie, nothing gets past Selah (their best-friend). Decker bids his time and is content with continuing to be Lizzie’s best friend, but swears as soon as she breaks up with the “dude” none of their friends like, he’ll take his chances and confess how he feels toward her.
Lizzie owns a coffee shop. She thinks herself in love with her boyfriend of three years, who is completely the opposite to Decker. Where Decker is tattooed (pretty much all over his fabulous body), her boyfriend isn’t. Decker’s got red hair, and honestly I can’t remember what hair color her boyfriend has. He isn’t likable anyway. It doesn’t take Lizzie long to admit she’s always loved Decker, but it’s almost as if she can’t forgive herself she’s the reason Decker ended up in jail. She’s happy to have him around but the more time she spends with him the harder it gets to ignore the love she feels for him. That is until her boyfriend asks to have an open relationship. When I read this part I was all: “A what?” Then of course I continued reading because I wanted to know what she’d do.
I can go on and on but really this is a short read and I don’t want to give the story away. I love Decker. He is a tough guy, a caretaker, and totally alpha in his own way. Lizzie … I’m not sure I like her much. At least not for the first half of the story. There were times I wanted to slap her silly and tell her to open up her eyes. Her boyfriend is a total jerk, and she lets him getaway with a LOT. But she comes around. She is also very insecure. She is a beautiful woman with body weight issues. What’s wrong with being a size 14? Nothing, right? I think that’s the reason I love Decker so much because he loves her just like she is. Inside out.
Guess, who’s now on my long list of authors to read more of? Yes, that’s right. Shiloh Walker is now part of my ever growing list.