Erotica writer Eva Mercy is a single mother living with a debilitating disease trying her best to navigate through life as normal as possible after all the trauma she has lived through. Shane Hall is an award winning novelist who has shied away from the limelight because of all his trauma. When Shane shows up in New York at a book event him and Eva see each other for the first time in 15 years. Sparks instantly fly and all the feelings Eva and Shane felt for each other for seven days in June fifteen years ago come rushing back. While they have been writing to each other in their books Eva never expected she would see her first love again. As they spend another seven days in June together Eva is having a hard time letting Shane back in after he left her 15 years ago but Shane is determined not to leave her this time.
This was so much better than I expected. It’s been a while since I read a traditionally published romance book. I have been reading indie romance authors for the past two years and have been a little leery to pick up a traditionally published romance because indie has set the bar extremely high. But I am so glad I picked this book up, It was AMAZING. The book pulled me in from the first page and had me chuckling instantly.
Eva and Shane’s love story was so captivating I couldn’t put this book down. I loved how they bonded through their childhood trauma. As a teenager Eva needed to escape her messed up home life and the daily pain she lived with, while Shane needed some one to love him in spite of everything he came with. When they met they instantly filled the void in each others lives. Their Seven days together as teenagers was so intense it was as if I could feel their pain and need for each other.
As adults they learned how to deal with their trauma in healthier ways but you could still feel the affect it still had on their lives. The book flips back and further from the present to their past to give you their backstory and it’s done perfectly. The chemistry between Shane and Eva was felt from the moment they laid eyes on each other. I love how Shane loved and cared for Eva, that man literally wanted to shoulder all her pain along with all his pain.
I loved Eva’s daughter Audre, that girl had me cracking up, especially when she did her little therapist thing. Audre was so understanding of her mothers condition for a 12 year old and had a personality far past her age. Her and Shane’s developing relationship was adorable and she was exactly what Shane needed in his life.
This was an amazing read and if I could give it more than 5 stars I would. This book had me laughing and crying and if you follow my blog you know I love books that get me in my feelings and touch on real issue. I usually like my romance with hot and steamy sex scenes and while there where a couple short sex scenes they weren’t hot and steamy like I like but I didn’t even care I still loved the book. There have only been a few romance books that the content was so good that I didn’t care about the sex scenes and this was one of them. This was my first Tia Williams book and I will be reading everything sis puts out!!! This book should have come with a content warning, there is mention of rape, suicide, self harming, drug and alcohol use but if you can handle the content then this book is worth the read so don’t hesitate to pick it up.