Title: Love Wasted
Author: Shirl Rickman
Genre: NA Romance
Published: June 22, 2017
“A great slow burn” - Amazon Review
“SO MANY FEELS THROUGHOUT…” - Amazon Review
When Cassandra Porter was seven years old, she fell in love with her next door neighbor and her best friends brother. Cass loved that boy every single day…until he broke her heart and all that remained were the pieces.
Ten years and what feels like a lifetime apart, that boy—now a grown and sexy, warm blooded man—is thrust back into her life. He might make her temper flair and blood boil, but a few unresolved feelings are no match for the way her heart races when he is near…
She drives him the good kind of crazy.
Paxton Luke led his life with one thing on his mind: success. Friends and family come first, with no room for emotional attachments—not even with the neighbor girl, who's turned into a complete knockout. His sister's best friend. Emotions only lead to love, and love was trouble.
They’re determined to fight this undeniable attraction to the bitter end. It’s too damn bad their hearts are about to get love drunk-- wasted on love.
So many feels! The way the author utilized flashbacks was amazing - it added lovely fine layers to the story and stirred up such a longing and ache in me on the characters' behalf. Cassandra - our female lead - is so head over heels in love with her best friend's brother Paxton (the male lead) from the time she's 7 years old and time does nothing to diminish it. Little does she know that he is just as in love with her, but he fights and denies it with a fierceness that damages both of them. I really loved this book. I sort of want to give it 5 out of 5 wine glasses, but I think there were little elements missing. Like, we get to know way more about Pax - his motivations, his reasonings, his goals, his family and friends even - than we do about Cass and that makes the story a little lopsided, even though the dual first person POV was pretty evenly distributed. The only true motivation that we know about Cass is that she is in love with love. Regardless, the story was so well-written - angsty without being cringey, heartfelt without being cheesy or sappy, and sexy without being gratuitous. It is an exquisite slow burn on the level of Mariana Zapata's The Wall of Winnipeg and Me and Lingus. I would have been ecstatic to read at least 100 pages more, but the epilogue wrapped everything up nice and pretty. Love Wasted is just a beautiful book (even the chapter headers are gorgeous) - I ultimately give it 4.75 out of 5 wine glasses and Shirl Rickman is definitely going to be one of my authors to watch! In fact, I'm hoping that this is the beginning of a series, as I can see a book about Pax's sister/Cass' bestie, Delaney and/or Matt, Pax's best friend being very good. I guess we shall see...
Shirl Rickman is a writer, a dreamer, and an optimist. A small town Texas girl currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Shirl adores her husband, daughter, and two crazy dogs. When she's not dreaming up new love stories, Shirl can be found reading, drinking her favorite coffee, Kona Blend with coconut milk. She loves kindness, laughing and meeting her readers.