Dylan stays completely still and quiet. If I couldn’t see the steady beat of his pulse on the side of his neck, I would swear that he was dead. It’s bad enough that my heart is jackhammering away inside its cage in my chest, making it nearly impossible to stay as calm on the outside as I’m trying to be in front of him.
It’s a test, that’s all this is. Get it over with so you can move on.
I’m thinking this while reaching out to take Dylan’s hands in mine. He doesn’t resist, so that’s good. Then he lets me position them on my waist, leaving them there when I take my hands away. I feel a charge of excitement run through me at the warmth of his hands against my body. And it frightens me a little. So I keep my eyes trained on his throat and watch in fascination as it bobs up and then down, as if he is swallowing a breath. Not having to look in his eyes is enough to propel me an inch forward and loop my arms around his neck.
He says this so quietly that I can’t tell if it’s a plea or a question. So I move closer until our bodies are pressed together, like we’re about to start a slow dance. I’ve finally been able to clear my mind of all stray thoughts and focus on this moment, right here, right now, that I know will change everything. But I still can’t gather the nerve to look up at him, because if I do, I already know I won’t be able to stop.
In a voice so low, I ask, “If you were this close to me, like you are now, would you want to kiss me?”
He doesn’t answer, but I can tell that his breathing is becoming more rapid by the way his chest rises and falls. So I ask him again.
It’s then he moves his hand off my waist and underneath my chin to tip my face up to look at him. He skims over my features with his eyes until reaching my lips, where he holds them in his gaze for a moment too long to be considered merely friendly.
Then quietly, he says, “Yes.”
“Yes, I would kiss you.”
ANGIE’S REVIEW: I have a slight passion for love triangles ever since I read Tear by Rachel Van Dyken.
Katy is in a pickle. She has feelings for her best friend, Dylan, who has always believed in her and given her the opportunity to show the world that a woman DOES deserve to be a sports reporter. Their chemistry is sweet and viable. After all, Dylan has been her biggest champion outside of her brothers.
Enter Connor, her childhood crush who suddenly shows up out of the blue and suddenly notices Katy. What’s a girl to do? She’s attracted to both men, has undeniable chemistry with both, and needs to decide who she wants to be with.
The author has taken what could be a rather sticky situation and made it work without fail. There is just enough sweetness, vulnerability, and makes it hard for you to decide who Katy should be with.
Me? I was team Dylan from the very start. I’m not saying that’s who she ends up with, but I adored him from the very beginning. I’m also not saying Connor’s not worthy of Katy, I just adored Dylan first!
This is a sweet romance that is easily read in a few hours. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future! Her ability to go back and forth between times past and the future is remarkable.
Angie’s Rating: ****