What happens when you take a chance one night … make a decision that will change your life forever?
Kasey Wilson, the girl next door, had a crush on the boy next door … Joseph Mitchell was that boy.
Kasey was left with the consequences of her decision when Joseph left her behind, leaving for the Marine Corps. She never thought she would see Joseph again, leaving her to continue on with her life, moving forward.
But fate has a way of intervening …
Joseph Mitchell always lived with the regret of walking away that night, never to see Kasey again. Finally ready to settle down, he’s now engaged to someone else. But when he finds Kasey again, he learns of a secret she’s been keeping, a secret that will change both their lives forever.
Can they finally have the relationship they never had? Or will Joseph be forced to walk away again?
We’re in the plane and I already feel relieved I have both the girls inside it. Finding our seats, I go straight to making sure Josephina is safely buckled into her booster seat next to the window, as requested. Of course Kasey takes the aisle seat, wanting to be as far away from the window as she can be, leaving me in the middle. Normally I would hate this seat, preferring the isle so I can stretch my legs, but I wasn’t going to complain this time. As long as it made Kasey happy, and less nervous, she can have it.
The roar of the jet engines grow louder as we begin to taxi down the runway and I feel Kasey’s hand start to grip mine with a fierceness that conveys her fear. I allow her to squeeze it as tightly as she wants as I focus on Josephina, who is now starting to look a little frightened as well. The plane starts to gain speed and Josephina grows more excited. The second it starts to climb, I hear an excited gasp from both of them. I can’t help but smile because, for the first time, I’m actually experiencing a first with both of them and it feels so good. It’s the best feeling in the world to experience it. I can’t wait to experience more firsts with them.
With the plane now in the air, I manage to calm Kasey to the point where she is no longer scared. Josephina is looking out of the window, taking in the view of the clouds in the sky, as we start to make small talk about the different shapes and sizes; making it a game between the two of us. The hours quickly go by and when I think everything is going fine for the remainder of the flight, the plane picks up a bit of turbulence, causing it to shutter and slightly drop elevation.
The pilot’s voice comes over the intercom announcing for everyone to take their seats and buckle up due to the turbulence. We do so, but the only thing I can think of at this moment is, why does this have to happen to us? Especially since I already know Kasey is scared out of her mind, probably thinking the plane will crash down at any minute.
Taking a quick glance at Josephina to makes sure she is fine, I turn my attention to Kasey. She’s gripping her armrest with a force that is making her knuckles turn white. Her eyes are tightly shut, the strain clear on her face. From the rise and fall of her chest, I know she’s panicking. I try to pry her fingers from their tight grip on the armrest, but it proves difficult with the force she’s using. I start to see tears escape her closed eyelids and my heart begins to ache seeing her like this. It’s entirely my fault she’s going through this.
I reach up to pull her head closer to me as I begin to whisper in her ear. “Kasey, you need to calm down. You’re going to scare Josephina if she see’s you this way.” Hoping she’s listening to me as I say the words.
Frantically, she shakes her head, her eyes still tightly shut when I hear her whimper. “Please, Kasey.” I desperately plead, praying she’ll listen. The plane jolts, the shutter making Kasey’s sobs return. On the other side of me I hear a giggling Josephina, the opposite of what I have facing me. Knowing Josephina is still okay, I continue focusing my attention on Kasey.
I need to do something, anything, to calm her down before she has a heart attack on me. I do the only thing that comes to mind. Grabbing her face, forcing her to face me, I don’t wait for her to open her eyes before my mouth is descending down onto hers to give her a kiss on her closed lips.
Her eyes go wide, letting out a gasp against my lips. Taking advantage, I deepen the kiss, pushing my tongue into her mouth. My tongue grazes hers and I can feel the warmth of it, making it impossible to hold back. My eyes close as I tilt her head to better kiss her, wanting to taste more of her. My tongue glides against hers, exploring every inch of her mouth with each second that goes by. I feel her moan into my mouth and I swear it’s the greatest sound I’ve ever heard.
The excitement of knowing I’m kissing Kasey again makes me want more. She tastes so sweet. Better than the memories I hold from the last time I kissed her. The memories and dreams I’ve had for the last five years don’t compare to the way it feels as I’m kissing her right now.
I want to keep kissing her forever, but the thought is easily broken. “Are you guys going to be stuck like that forever?” Josephina asks from the other side of me, followed by her cute little giggle.
Kasey shoves at my chest. Our mouths quickly break apart, making me open my eyes to stare at her. Her breathing looks as rapid and heavy as mine. Her lips look swollen and her face is flushed with a pink blush from the kiss. I’m still holding her face in my palms, but when her hands come up and grab for my wrists, she pulls my hands from her face, leaving me disappointed. I’m still in shock from kissing her that I easily allow her to pull away.
The plane’s turbulence is gone and the pilot is announcing we can safely move about the cabin now. Kasey leans her body across mine to reach for Josephina to check on her. The feeling of her body rubbing up against my chest isn’t helping with the carnal thoughts flooding my mind. They started the moment I began kissing her. Remembering what resulted from the last time I kissed her. The night I’d left her.
Kasey’s calm collective voice breaks my memory. “No, sweetheart, we won’t get stuck like that forever. It shouldn’t have happened,” she sternly states, more like a reprimand.
Hearing her say those words is a stab to my heart.
She leans back into her chair to quickly unbuckle her seatbelt, before she stands up, making her way down the aisle to the restroom. As I watch her walk away, I wonder if she’s angry with me. From the way she was returning my kiss, I would have thought she wanted it too, but her horrified expression is telling me otherwise.
I don’t know what is going through her mind at this moment, but I know what’s going through mine, that was the best kiss I’ve had since leaving for boot camp. I don’t regret kissing her at all.
I am a military mom so anything with military in it I jump in and let me say I loved this book. Gabbie Duran did such an amazing job and I was stuck from the prologue.
Kasey Wilson is the good girl next door. Her family is very religious but she has had a major crush on Joseph Mitchell (the boy next door) forever. The night before he leaves for boot camp Kasey wants to say goodbye to Joseph. She has the perfect opportunity since her parents are away on a retreat. Let’s just say for a religious girl she surprised me. Joseph never expressed his true feelings for Kasey because he thought she was too innocent and good for him but that one night changed everything for the both of them.
“I’ve waited so long to be able to that. I better leave now, Kasey, before I end up doing something I’m going to regret.”
“Please don’t leave. Not now.”
“Are you sure? Just let go, Kasey. It will feel good. I promise.”
Things go wrong for the two. Joseph walks away without a goodbye, and Kasey’s mother starts to notice a change in her. She sends Kasey to her aunt’s home and no longer wants anything to do with her. When I was reading that part, I wondered what kind of parents would do that to their child?! I cried for Kasey, her innocence and the loneliness she felt being exiled by her family. Kasey tried to reach out to Joseph to let him know where she was at but to no avail. He never showed up to get her. Joseph, I was so angry with him! He did go back for Kasey after boot camp but was told she was gone and not to look for her.
5 years later, Kasey and Joseph’s paths cross and when the truth comes out, things will change for the pair. Joseph is still in the Marines and is visiting his friend Mark. You will love Mark and his wife Ashley. They offer him the support he needs and also are not afraid to tell him the truth. Joseph is engaged to Elizabeth (a slurry mole troll) that not only his best friend and his wife hate but you will too (YEP I DID).
“You still with that girl you hooked up with a couple of years ago in Vegas?”
“Her name is Elizabeth. I finally popped the question to Elizabeth and we’re getting married.”
“Are you sure she’s the one dude? Like the one you can’t live without?”
“I silently answer to myself; no she isn’t the one I couldn’t live without. That girl I left behind long ago and I’ve haven’t seen her since.”
SO when their paths cross again a secret comes out that changes the course of this couple, and now they will have to make decision.
“I’m surprised to see you as well. I never thought I would see you again.”
“I didn’t think I’d ever see you again either.”
“Is there something you need to tell me, Kasey?”
Ok now back to the slurry troll mole beotch Elizabeth…she brings a new meaning to the word STUCK-UP BIMBO. She is awful, cruel, vindictive and selfish. I was so upset that Joseph let things happen and let her control the relationship. I swear to God when you read the things that come out of her mouth, you are going to want to b*tch slap her!!!
“Your brother is your family and Mark is mine, so I feel he should be my best man.”
“My brother is going to be your family soon so I don’t see why he can’t be your best man. He can be one of your groomsmen, but I’m not adding his pregnant wife. She’d be too fat by the wedding and I don’t want fat people in my wedding.”’
“Look Elizabeth, I’m tired and I really don’t want to argue with you tonight.”
Joseph will make you swoon, and he knows that Kasey is the one. It is just hard for him to let Elizabeth down. When Kasey finds out about Elizabeth she is willing to walk away but Joseph will not let another 5 years go without Kasey in his life.
“I don’t care what she thinks, Kasey. I brought you here because I can’t stand the thought of knowing that you’re so far away.”
“How can you say you don’t care what she thinks? Don’t you love her enough to car about her feelings?”
“I don’t love her anymore.”
Elizabeth will try so hard to keep a relationship that never was there. It is funny but I blame Joseph for not putting his foot down.
“Who the hell is she? And, what the f**k are you both doing naked? Did you just f**k her?”
“Don’t you even try to make me believe that sh*t anymore, Elizabeth I don’t love you anymore. To tell you the truth my heart belonged to someone else.”
Kasey is very insecure, naïve, stubborn and does not believe that she is Joseph’s first and only choice. As I mentioned being throw away by your own parents and in 5 years no one has searched you out, you will believe you are not worthy as well.
“I’m just confused about what to think. Everything is only happening because you’re barely out of relationship with Elizabeth. I can’t help but continues to believe I’m simply a replacement to her.”
“It wasn’t until you came back into my life, that I opened my eyes to the real person she was. I couldn’t be with someone who didn’t want a family with me. Kasey you saved me from a life a misery.”
This is a short, emotional and passionate read that will keep you interested from start to finish. Kasey and Joseph will have to trust and fight to be together. Did time away from each other only make the road ahead to a life filled without love? Can these two manage to come together even though they live far apart? Will Elizabeth walk away quietly? I have some much highlighted but if I added it will be a serious spoiler alert, so you should click on the link and read it. You will fall in love with Kasey and Joseph.
I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Gabbie is a Southern California native, who currently lives in Washington with her wonderful husband, two amazing kids and a senior citizen kitty. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or sneaking off for a run. Some might say it’s a crazy life, but she wouldn’t change anything about it.
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