Also by this author: Deeper Than Need, Burn for Me, Break for Me, Long for Me, Sweeter Than Sin, The Virgin's Night Out, Hot Alphas, Seduced in Secret, Headed for Trouble, Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy: Part 1, One of the Guys, Her Best Friend's Lover, The Trouble with Temptation, Ruined
Published by Self-Published on August 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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It had always been her…
Ten years had passed since the doors slammed shut behind Decker Calhoun, taking away his freedom, but more importantly, locking him away from Elizabeth Waters, the only woman he’d ever loved—the woman he’d given up everything for.
The day he was sentenced, he’d looked at her and said, No regrets, Lizzie. But he lied, because he did have one. Although he’s been out of jail for three years now, he was a year too late. Lizzie never knew how he felt and just months before he was released, she found somebody else and it’s too late.
Or maybe not. It seems that Lizzie’s boyfriend wants an open relationship and two can play at that game. Now all Decker has to do is convince Lizzie that he’s the better man…and has been all along.
Kassiah: This book had great potential, but it definitely didn’t live up to it for me.
Decker Calhoun has been in love with Elizabeth Waters since they were teenagers, but since he’s been serving the last ten years in prison, he doesn’t think he stands a chance with her. She’s in love with Noel, a guy she met a couple of years prior, and has no idea of Decker’s feelings for her. Decker just wants her to be happy, even if it’s not with him.
…He’d promised himself he’d see her happy…and loved. Granted, he’d always planned to be the one loving her, but in the end, if she was happy, and loved, that was what mattered.
Just when Elizabeth thinks Noel is going to propose, he tells her he wants to date other people. Basically, Noel’s a total douchebag and treats her like crap.
“I thought you’d gotten rid of all of these. They aren’t very flattering.”
Then Elizabeth finally realizes that maybe Decker doesn’t just have platonic feelings for her.
“I want to kiss you,” he whispered. “Now…we can do one of two things. Either you tell me to stop, to go away…and I will. I’ll let this go and we’ll pretend it never happened.”
Even thinking about that made despair rise in her. It was so wrenching and so strong, she could barely breathe for it, but somehow, she found enough oxygen because she heard herself asking, “And what’s the second thing?”
“You can open your mouth and let me taste you.”
Then it’s on.
There were things I liked about this book. The idea for the story was great, and I liked Decker, though I couldn’t understand why he didn’t make his feelings known the moment Elizabeth was single.
I didn’t love Elizabeth. I felt like she was stupid, and while I realize that there are women who allow their boyfriends to verbally and mentally abuse them, it didn’t make sense to me that she would be one of them. Honestly, I didn’t understand what Decker saw in her, so I didn’t get the motivation for them to be together. There are also a few other things that confused me and didn’t seem to fit into the story, but I’m not going to spoil all the things.
The steamy moments and good storyline ideas in You Own Me don’t make up for the annoying heroine and the lack of chemistry. Check out some of Shiloh Walker’s other stories, but maybe not this one.