Publication Date: November 10, 2015
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Levi Black is an s.o.b.
Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him.
He wouldn’t be wrong.
A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it.
One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running.
My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month, and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.
Levi Black is a cocky, arrogant, s.o.b. As a super talented famous soccer player, he can get any woman he wants. Only one woman can bring him to his knees and that woman is off limits— his stepsister. Four years ago after one night of passion and a connection Levi could not deny he turned his back on Vista. Being young and foolish, he thought he made the best decision for them both. Levi has never been able to get Vista out of his head no matter how many random women he sleeps with. So when an injury brings her back into his life for a month of recuperation he plans on convincing Vista they need to have some fun together and work out there issues between the sheets.
Vista wants to open her own rehabilitation practice unfortunately; she needs the help of her stepfather to do it. This throws her back into her stepbrother Levi’s sights; she needs to do her best to avoid any physical contact that doesn’t have to do with his physical therapy. Of course, her sexy soccer star stepbrother has other ideas. In no time, at all they can’t keep their hands off each other. She can’t trust him. He’s wild, reckless and can’t possibly want her. Too bad Vista can’t convince herself to stay away.
Levi Black was a character that I had a love / hate relationship with. I hated him because of his arrogance but I loved him because of his vulnerability that he only showed to Vista. I loved how she saw right through him to the real Levi once she allowed herself to get to know him. Vista was the one person who figured out that all of Levi’s arrogance and cockiness was all an act to mask the hurt he was feeling inside from his sad childhood with an emotionally unavailable father.
“He’s the perfect mix of boy and man—knows when to have fun and when to get serious. And I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing both sides of him.”
Vista has some insecurities that get in her way. Levi left her heartbroken and feeling unworthy of someone like him. Years later the feisty girl she became is the girl that Levi really can’t help falling in love with.
“Once upon a time, I blamed myself for being left behind. I cut myself down and decided that I simply wasn’t good enough for someone as high standing as Levi Black. But I was wrong. I am good enough. It’s him that doesn’t deserve me.”
I felt like once Vista realizes she’s worth more than she gives herself credit for that’s when Levi starts to see her in a different way. When they first met, they were kids who didn’t know what they wanted or needed out of life. Now they are adults and can begin an adult relationship. It was a pleasure to read this couple’s journey to find each other and the love they both deserved. It was not an easy road for these two people to get it right but eventually they did.
“Vista Marquis stole a piece of my heart and soul that night in her bedroom and kept it prisoner all these years.”
I am a big J.C. Valentine fan and I will always be ready to read anything she writes. The writing was spot on. Levi was sexy, totally swoon worthy with his dimple, and beard. Vista was a tough independent chick who didn’t know how strong she really was. Another really good book from a talented author.
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“What the hell are you doing in here? Get out!”
Levi is leaning in my open doorway—a door I know I closed when I went to bed last night. Or tried to. It took hours, listening to him and his “friends” laughing and making all kinds of racket, before I finally managed to fall asleep.
Now, he’s standing in my bedroom, half naked, and looking at me like I’m something he wants to kill. Or eat.
My thighs clench at the thought of Levi putting his mouth on me. The last time—no. I shut the thought down before it has a chance to go too far. It’s inappropriate. This whole situation right now is inappropriate.
“Get out!” I shout again, because he just continues to stand there, completely stoic. Unreadable. “Are you high?” Along with the rest of the world, I’ve witnessed the kind of life he leads: late nights, partying, an endless supply of women. The possibility that he’s actually high right now isn’t that far-fetched.
Why does he have to look so damn good, though?
Levi’s shirtless chest moves in a silent huff and a humorless smirk makes his lips twitch. And that damn beard. It’s distracting. I’ve only ever seen him clean shaven, but this look is even better. He looks rough. Dirty. Mountable.
Lifting his arm to his head, he rakes his fingers through his hair, making it messier than it already was. The action makes his bicep flex, showing off a massive bump, and creates a long visual line that draws my gaze down over his sculpted chest and abs to the pair of sweat pants that hang so low, I can see damn near everything.
As my eyes land between his legs, it begins to grow. My throat turns into a desert and I swallow, tearing my eyes away as I cast the inappropriate thoughts the vision inspires away. Or at least I try to. They keep sling shooting back, taunting me. Just look at it. One little peek. No!
It should be illegal to walk around like that. In fact, he should be thrown in jail for assault. I’ll never get the vision of him like this out of my head.
I hear Levi’s soft chuckle and jerk to attention.
“You should see your face right now,” he says, his voice mocking. “You behave like you’ve never seen my dick before, which we both know isn’t true. Or,” he says, his voice pitching low as he pushes off the jamb and stands tall, putting that hard bulge on full display, “maybe you just want another taste.”
Yes, please. The heat in my face deepens. I do want it. I won’t deny that, but I refuse to let him drag me any deeper into the rabbit hole or humiliate me over something we both know we want but can’t have.
ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE
J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor's in English and when she isn't writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.
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