January 1. 2013
Without Boundaries (Without #1)
4 Stars ★★★★
Blurb ~ Bailey Hayes moved across the country ten years ago after a tragic accident left her motherless. Distraught, confused and just sad, Bailey opted to leave the only life she has ever known to attend college at NYU. Determined to not experience the loss of a loved one again, Bailey keeps her one friend that she made as a freshmen in college. And that’s it. She dated during her college years but she never let anything really stick. Not trusting herself enough to give her heart and not get hurt she was satisfied with the life she led. That is until she met the handsome, confident and successful Hollister Harrison.
Bailey was swept off her feet instantly with his charm and charisma. Six short months of dating, she finds herself moving in with him. The minute she had her bags unpacked, the fun loving romantic she fell hard for was starting to dwindle away as he became unnecessarily possessive and borderline abusive. Bailey insists on making her relationship work in fear of repeating her past and making a haste decision by leaving too soon. On a weekend when Hollister is out of town, she meets a guy. A beautiful charming guy whom she feels an obvious attraction for, but also a unique connection with. The beautiful charming guy is none other than her running partner’s brother. Bailey finds herself in an oddly nice predicament.
The beautiful charming guy is none other than her running partner’s brother. Talon McAllister has chosen to dedicate himself to his family’s business his entire adult life. He adores his parents and his sister and hockey. Not leaving much time for anything else he has been single for years. Meeting Bailey Hayes changed his outlook. He wants her. He will do whatever he has to do to get her on the same page.
Finding out she lives with her boyfriend deters him from his mission of getting her to be his. But when she calls and asks to tag along on his vacation with his sister, he can’t help but get excited. When he picks her up and sees her bruised and battered face he figures “game over” he is going to show her how she deserves to be treated. By the end of their first day together alone, Bailey propositions Talon with a brief relationship without boundaries and no lines to cross. He’s in… all in.
Will this brief encounter without boundaries relinquish her twisted sense of loyalty to Hollister or will she walk away from her greatest love for fear of repeating her past?
Bailey is sucked into a whirlwind romance which quickly turns to crap once she moves in with her boyfriend Hollister. His true colors begin to bleed through and due to some insane need to honor her commitment to him, she struggles though, unhappy as ever. Especially when she meets her friends brother, Talon. Bailey knows immediately Talon is her forever, but with her in a relationship, they can never be.
This book was ok for me. I was engrossed but could not support Baileys decision to stay in an unhappy and potentially abusive relationship especially when a guy like Talon is standing on the sidelines. Talon may have a promiscuous past, but once he gets to know Bailey he knows she’s it. His one and only, and he is waiting and hoping she will come to his senses and return to him.
Most of the story is full of tension and Bailey trying to figure out a way to please everyone. She was a bit tiring at times and I wanted to smack her to wake up and smell the roses. She’s not the most likable of characters and even towards the end, I didn’t really warm up to her.
What I did love was the brief interludes with Declan whose story is next. Well and Talon, mmm this man is yummy. I enjoyed the book enough but I wasn’t blown away. (I can already say that the second book is soooo much better.)
There are so many male characters in the stories that it is impossible to guess whose story will be next, after Declan’s but I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us. This was a sweet and fast paced story that I would recommend to book-a-holics looking for a easy read.