Genres: Contemporary Romance
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I fell in love with Holden York when I was six years old.
Most of my youth came with spiral notebooks filled with doodles, wedding plans, and “Janelle York” looped in bubbly handwriting.
However, one night in Vegas changed everything.
I woke up to more than just a fantasy of my brother’s best friend.
Five years later, I'm standing on his doorstep confronting him about the secret he kept from me.
If you think this is the story of how we rode off into the sunset together…
You’re so wrong.
But if you think this is the story of how Holden blackmailed me into living with him...
You couldn't be more right.
Some of the worst things happen in Vegas! The Brewer clan, all five kids, is in Vegas for Matthew Brewer’s wedding. Including the sixth Brewer, and honorary member, Holden York, Matthew’s best man and best friend. He’s close to them all, but he shares a special bond with Janelle, the youngest. Only two years older he never looked at her as a nuisance or a pest.
Eighteen-year old Janelle has been in love with him since she was six years old. She was so positive they’d be together one day; she filled notebooks with her married name, Janelle York. As the years went by, that dream slipped away, but they remained close. In High School she had a serious boyfriend, but he broke up with her, after graduating. A little before Matthew’s wedding, as a matter of fact, and she was still upset about it.
The morning after Matthew’s wedding, Janelle wakes up alone, naked and….well, besides hungover, sore all over! It seems she can’t remember what happened the night before. And when Holden walks into her hotel room, carrying coffee and smiling…she doesn’t know what to think. When she finds out they had crazy monkey sex it becomes apparent to him that Janelle can’t remember what they did last night.
“You don’t remember anything from last night, do you?”
“I already told you—“
“Just be honest with me. You don’t need to lie to spare my feelings.”
“Holden? How much did you have to drink last night?”
“Quite a bit. Why?”
“Just wondering. How much do you remember?”
“Every single fucking thing. Had I been sober, I may not have made the same choices, but there isn’t a single moment of the entire night I don’t remember…in vivid detail.”
Holden is shocked and hurt. He makes light of it, but feels horrible. After returning home (he changes his flight and flies home alone) things change between them. Holden makes up excuses to miss Janelle’s going away to college party, and they grow further apart as the years go by. With Janelle away at college, it becomes easier to avoid each other. The closeness they once shared has disappeared.
“I’d missed the opportunity to decipher his reaction that day in Vegas, seconds before he walked out of my life forever. And over the years, it meant less and less to me. Eventually, I became a careless, heartless, walking train wreck.
And I had no one but myself to blame.
Although every chance I could, I totally blamed Holden.”
Five years later, and so much hurt between them, they’re thrown together after Janelle returns home from college. There are too many secrets that need to be resolved. Too many misunderstandings. Will his be a second chance and will they take it? At one time they had promised each other something so very important and special.
“She vowed to always be his sidekick. And he swore to always be her hero.”
Or is it too late? Find out!