Meet Charlotte and Nathan!
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Charlotte and Nathan were supposed to be forever. They grew up together. Their families were intertwined. Charlotte was Nathan's first love. Nathan was Charlotte's first everything.
Until they weren't.
How do you hold on to the person you know in your heart you are supposed to be with when everything and everyone in the universe is telling you it's over?
How many times does a heart break?
When is enough…..enough?
How long is forever?
But when I close my eyes, I can see him—and me. I can see me pressed up against the mirror in the bathroom, my hands making starfish prints as I brace myself against his thrusts. I can hear his harsh breathing, his commands to come, come now, Charlotte. There was that passage of time that felt endless when he was between my legs, licking me softly and leisurely as if there wasn’t anything in this world that gave him more pleasure than helping me find my own. I touch myself, but it’s useless. My body wants one thing: Nathan Jackson.
I’m on fire and the ache of want is so acute it’s like a knife in my chest. I’ve had multiple surgeries, chemo treatments, radiation but that’s nothing compared to what I feel now.
Time and distance had dulled my pain and that my desire and love for Nathan had actually started to ease only to be stoked into high, hot flames by his reappearance in my life.
He is the poison and the antidote.
★★★★ 1/2 stars
I've read and experienced Jen Frederick's books before. They've always been strong and packed an emotional punch. The Charlotte Chronicles are not different. I'm going to try and explain what it is I connected with in this book.
First of all I love that this book is told from both points of view. It feels like there's more from Charlotte, especially in the first part of the book, but Nathan more than makes up for it in the second half. I really felt like I knew them and what they wanted, even if things didn't turn out the way they'd hoped. Emotionally, I was totally involved in Nathan and Charlotte's story. I was on an emotional roller coaster many times while reading this book. I was equally happy (bordering on ecstatic) when Nathan finally realized waiting for Charlotte was no longer an option and they got together and even more upset when distances grew between them.
While I didn't like the troubles Nathan and Charlotte had, both personal and public, I really admire Jen for taking something we're so used to hearing about happening to women and turn it around and applying it to men. I can only think of one other book in which I can recall reading something similar happening, but it's easy to forget things can go bad for anyone. I really do wish Nathan had sought recourse or some help to him deal with what happened. I also wanted to shake him for what he did to both him and Charlotte, even though I sort of understood his reasoning for why he did what he did.
I haven't read any of the other books in this series. Charlotte is the daughter of character's from a previous book and Nathan is the son of other characters from another book. I was able to read this story without feeling like I'd missed anything. If I felt anything at all about reading books out of their chronological order, it was that I needed to go back and read those books. I'm also really eager to read Nick's book. I can't wait to see how he wins over the one woman who doesn't fall at his feet. The Jackson boys are hot and you're going to love them!
*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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