My name is Johnny, and I dance with the devil.
At least, that’s what I tell people, so they stay as far away as possible.
I never meant to get mixed up with the wrong crowd, but if you want to win a war, you have to get your hands a little dirty.
The plan was to keep myself isolated, until an angel walks into my life that makes my dead heart start to beat again.
She’s sweet and innocent, and everything I shouldn’t want, but I can’t seem to stay away.
It’ll take everything I have to resist the magnetic pull between us, but what if Claire is the salvation I need?
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Claire is starting the next chapter of her life but so far it’s not going too smoothly. Johnny has an interesting job choice but will it give him a sense of security. He’s something of a mystery that slowly unfolds. Their stories seem separate until the author finds a way for them to intersect. She creates a secondary character that seemed almost like a fairy godfather. I only wished that I could have seen more of him.
Both their stories may break your heart. They both have things going on that young adults shouldn’t have to deal with. Money seems to be an issue for both but for different reasons. This is one book that a parent may want to read first, depending on the age of your teenager.
It seems like we’re seeing the Claire and Johnny story within a certain timeframe. We get to see both the good and the bad. Depending on the town you live in, things that Claire and Johnny experience may not be talked about, or even make the news, and I guess that’s part of the reason that the crime reality dramas are becoming more and more popular these days. This story was a surprise from beginning to end – which was one I certainly wasn’t expecting.
Something visceral convinced my legs to move, to go after this girl who I don’t know. It wasn’t a creepy stalker kind of thing. But more of a she just got here and might get lost thing. A strange rush of protectiveness washed over me when I saw her leave the building and venture out into the world. I already got her to hate me, and that alone might be all the protection she needs, but what if something else happens? Why is my brain telling me it’s my responsibility?
If I just confirm she makes it to wherever she’s going, maybe that will be enough.
I keep a natural pace while maintaining some distance between us, completely walking in the direction away from where I really should be going. I glance down at my watch, verifying that my little detour won’t set me back too much.
The girl's chocolate brown hair falls down her mid-back, gently swaying with each step she takes. Her arms are crossed over her chest like she might be cold. Or that she's using it as some kind of barrier from the outside world.
That train of thought makes my protective urges rise even more. I don’t know her name, and yet I have an innate need to shield her from any danger.
What the fuck is wrong with me?
Tessa James is the author of dark contemporary romance. She adores writing broken characters you won’t help but fall for on their journey to find themselves and fight for what they love. Her stories are for the hopelessly romantic who enjoy grit, angst, and passion.
When she’s not writing, you’ll find her consuming way too much coffee, making endless to-do lists, and spending time with her daughter and cats in small-town Ohio.
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