Lately, life has been going well for Ayden. His relationship with Lyric is starting to heat up and his career in music is taking off. But the disappearance of his sister still weighs heavily on his mind.
Desperate to find out where his sister is, Ayden decides to take drastic measures. But his dangerous risk leads to the unraveling of secrets, and he’s left facing a darker past then he ever could have imagined.
Lyric and Ayden continue to steal my heart in this next chapter of their story. Ayden starts off the story in therapy, still trying to remember something… anything that might help with his sister’s kidnapping case. He is, reasonably, becoming more and more frustrated with each attempt that doesn’t end in the way he desires. But Ayden is stronger than ever. He has his past to deal with and sometimes it gets the best of him, but he’s working through it and doing well. I’m really impressed in this story with how much Ayden’s character has grown and I think some of it has to do a little with the girl next door.
Lyric is who I want to be my best friend. The deeper we get to know her, the more thrilled I am we do. Lyric, who seems to be all the best parts of her mother and father, continues to be there for Ayden in the way he needs – and the way he desires. Because, thank goodness, their relationship starts to get a little steamier!
Awakening You is a roller coaster of emotion (yes, I’m aware of the cheesy, cliché statement, but that doesn’t make it any less true). There are moments you’ll want to laugh, cry, throw something – but try to refrain as this may result in broken kindles everywhere. We get amazing news and experience heartbreaking realizations. All in all, if you’ve kept up with Lyric and Ayden’s tale so far, you’ll need to read this one because their story is only getting better.
“And don’t ever forget that, my friend.” I remove the dipstick, glance at the oil level, then put the stick back in. Wiping my hand off with a rag, I step back from the car. “It looks like it might—” My back bumps into Ayden.
He hardly ever instigates contact first, expect on rare, amazing, wonder-filled occasions, so I allow myself to enjoy the earth-shattering moment and breathe in the feel of his body heat.
I smile stupidly when he doesn’t move away. “Whatcha doing?”
“Nothing.” His voice is uneven, revealing his nerves. “I was just…” He releases a breath then places his hands on my hips. Surprisingly, his fingers are steady. “I just wanted to touch you.” He rests his forehead against the back of my head and inhales deeply. “And to make sure you’re okay.”
“Okay about what?” My eyelids drift shut as I lean into his touch.
His simple touches are better than light.
They awaken my body and bring it to life.
More. More. More, my body is craving.
The addiction is potent, consuming, aching.
Leaves my body wanting, pleading, shaking.
Sometimes I feel like I’m withering, fading.
Fading. Fading. Fading.
“About … about what happened the other day … when I sleepwalked.” His fingers grasp onto me, and his chest crashes against my back as his shallow breaths turn ragged. “I know I probably freaked you out. I’ve been meaning to ask you about it, but I didn’t want to upset you, so I decide to wait until stuff cooled off.”
“I’m not upset about what happened.” And not surprised one little bit that my theory about him was right. I turn around and loop my arms around him. “I’m just worried about you and how you’re handling it.”
“I’m fine,” he swears, searching my eyes for my true feelings. He forgets, though, that I’m like an open book.
Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
♥SERIES READING ORDER♥
Book 1 – Unraveling You
Book 2 – Raveling You
Book 3 – Awakening You