Now or Never by A.J. Bennett
Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published June 19th 2013 by A.J. Bennett
~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~
Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.
Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with ‘no strings attached’ relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.
But she didn’t plan on Derrick.
Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.
When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it’s now or never—walk away or make it work
*A copy was provided for review purposes*
Right from the start I was pulled into a story that felt so real, all of Grayson’s emotions. Grayson as a character is very relatable; I’ve been in a smaller but quite similar situation to hers in regarding an obsessed love and understand her lifestyle of not really enjoying the club scene. It’s almost sad that she has spent three precious years of her life on someone who doesn’t really appreciate all she is and who has the need to hurt her mentally and physically scarring her so much it takes her a while to leave him. Although this was only a small area of the novel I thought it was put across just enough, enough for us to see Grayson and understand her a bit more.
Grayson decides to flee during the night while Josh is on his night shift and out of paranoia throws her mobile phone out of the window in fear of him having put in a tracking device and following her. After staying in a sleazy motel for one night she decides to head back home to her mother’s so she can get herself back on her feet. Even better yet her twin sister Luna has moved back from Florida.
On her way back into town she is intercepted by Derrick, a guy after her attention after a minor encounter creating high chemistry in the local Starbucks. Grayson doesn’t want to get into anything serious and accepts Derrick’s number; unfortunately Derrick is on her brothers Special Forces Team to whom has put a “No Go” zone on his little sisters. Derrick’s sweet but has a reputation as a player, never been with a lady more than a few weeks at a time. As the story progresses I start to get annoyed with Grayson, the way she starts to handle things, it just gets way out of control. After being in a horrible, scary relationship for three years, I can totally understand her wanting to let her hair down, but the way she does it seriously not what I thought someone in her position would be doing.
A great story, that’s well written. I really did love the way the author brought the story to life, definitely a writer to keep an eye out for in the future.
I highly recommend it!
A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and bulldog. She’s addicted to coffee, popcorn and books. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream, and she’s extremely excited about her debut novel Now or Never.