Series: Love Riddles #3
Author: Carey Heywood
Release Date: Jan 10, 2017
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He doesn’t love me.
Our relationship wasn’t supposed to have strings.
Now he’s almost all I think about.
He changed everything.
I’m not ready to tell him.
There’s a chance he’ll blame me when I do.
I don’t know if I can trust him but I’m afraid to face the future alone.
Will he ever love me, or will he always love me not?
This book killed me. Just grabbed my heart tight and refused to let go until the very end. I’m all kinds of in love with Trip and Reilly. I’ve been ready for Reilly’s HEA since Jake and Kacey’s book (Why Now?) and I’m so glad it was with Trip. Trip intrigued me from the first moment we met him in Why Lie? and I’m so glad we got to know him more in this book. This book is the third in the Love Riddles series and while it can be read as a standalone it will definitely be MUCH better after you read the first two books.
Reilly had the biggest crush on Trip back in high school and when they see each other again they waste zero time getting acquainted with each other. Things get hot fast for them and I was all here for it.
I love how patient Trip was with Reilly, how he knew exactly how she needed to process certain situations and just did his best to help her through. He didn’t push her, he didn’t make her do things she didn’t want to do, he just stood close and supported her.
There were a couple of twists and turns that I don’t even want to hint at because you HAVE to go in blind. This is one of those books that you definitely don’t want to know beforehand. I felt everything with Reilly and my heart swelled with her happiness and her pain.
This was the perfect ending to this series, I only wish I could hang out with this group forever.
Before I can stop myself, I reach up and trace his lips with my finger.
Neither of us speaks. We both just stand there and stare at each other.
The next second I’m in his arms, and his lips are on mine. His hands are in my hair and mine are up the back of his shirt.
This isn’t a kiss, it’s a wild fire.
I’m engulfed by it, the heat of his lips against mine, and the flame’s lick of his tongue.
I’ve dreamt of this kiss since I was fifteen years old. Even my wildest dreams did not touch the passion of this one. When his mom moved away not long after he left town for college, I was sure this kiss would never happen.
I’m not the type to pine over a boy I didn’t think I’d ever see again. I got over my crush on him. As much as I love her, I had no desire sit at home each night like Kacey did mooning over Jake. I’ve had other crushes; I’ve dated and even had a few relationships.
That does not mean I ever forgot about Trip Lowell. Seeing him again after all of these years has brought all of those memories to the forefront. This kiss is over ten years in the making.
As fast as our kiss began, it ends. I’m left suddenly cold, the fire extinguished by his retreat. He’s not gone, but he’s moved backward at least three feet.
“I’m sorry,” he murmurs, lifting his hands the same way he did earlier after he startled me.
“What?” I breathe.
“You’re upset. You were crying. I didn’t mean to take advantage of that.”
My brow furrows. “You’re not.”
I take one step toward him and then another. My feet move until he’s right in front of me.
Sliding my hands up his chest, I ask, “Are you against me taking advantage of you?”
It doesn’t take him long to decide. He bends, his hands on my ass, lifting me. My legs circle his waist as I grab onto his shoulders.
His mouth plunders mine. I’m not only along for the ride, oh no, this may be my one and only opportunity to experience him.
My hands roam.
My tongue tangles with his.
My hips push forward against his very apparent hardness.
He carries me across the yard, his step sure without even looking. I’m so distracted I don’t realize where we’ve moved to until he sets my ass down on a picnic table.
He breaks our kiss to ask one final question. “You sure about this?”
I nod, my hands already at work unfastening his jeans.
“Say it,” he commands, and I oblige.
“Yes, I’m sure.”
Check out my review of Why Lie? (Book 2) and find out why you MUST meet Heath and Sydney if you haven’t yet.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with 13 books out and many more to come. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Ever the mild-manner citizen, Carey spend her days working in the world of finance, and at night, she retreats into the lives of her fictional characters.
Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, their nine-pound attack Yorkie and their needy Ninja cat.