Against the Wall: A Novel

Against the Wall: A Novel

by Jill Sorenson

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The RITA-nominated author of The Edge of Night returns with another seductive novel, hailed by M. O’Keefe as “a dirty, gritty gem of a book.” As teens, Eric and Meghan fell for each other despite the odds—but now that they’re all grown up, they’re reunited by dangerous secrets.
Eric Hernandez is the bad boy of every schoolgirl’s fantasies—and every mother’s nightmares. But after serving time for manslaughter, he’s ready to turn his life around. He just needs a chance to prove himself as a professional tattoo artist. The one thing that keeps him going is the memory of the innocent beauty he loved and left behind.
Meghan Young’s world isn’t as perfect as it looks. The preacher’s daughter is living a lie, especially now that Eric is back. Tougher, harder, and sexier than ever, he might be the only person she can trust. But there’s no telling what he’ll do to protect her if he learns the truth, and that’s a risk Meghan won’t let him take. And yet, back in the arms of the troubled boy with the artist’s soul, Meghan can’t help surrendering to the man he’s become.
Praise for Against the Wall
Against the Wall is a sexy, unique love story that I devoured in one day. Jill Sorenson’s voice is so fresh, her characters shine bright. This book is a must-read for New Adult lovers.”New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy
“A dirty, gritty gem of a book, with a hard edge of realism and bright, hopeful heart!”—M. O’Keefe, author of Everything I Left Unsaid
“Tackling serious elements such as domestic abuse and gang violence, the author never lets the compelling plot take a backseat to the sexy love story between her two imperfect yet likable characters.”Library Journal
“This intense contemporary story has solid character and emotional development.”Publishers Weekly
“The story is tough and gritty but well done and worth reading.”—Book Binge
Includes an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101965139
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2016
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 99,727
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jill Sorenson is the RITA-nominated author of more than a dozen romantic-suspense novels. She has a degree in literature and writing from California State University. Her books have been selected as Red-Hot Reads by Cosmopolitan magazine, and have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Library Journal. Sorenson currently lives in the San Diego area with her family. She’s a soccer mom who loves nature, coffee, reading, Twitter, and reality TV.

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Against the Wall 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth your time
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is a second chance story. A second chance at life and at love. After doing three years in prison for manslaughter, Eric Hernandez is ready to start again. He soon realizes how difficult starting over will be. The most difficult is staying away from the woman he loves, Megan Young. He thinks she deserves more but she wants him...BAD! When his past threatens his future, Eric must make some important difficult decisions. This is a good read that kept my attention throughout. Eric's life outside of prison is the main focus, with the romance coming in second. I think the reader MUST remember that Eric is an ex-gang member and still carries that mentality. There's a huge shocker towards the end that involves Junior! I wasn't expecting that one! Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
ReesesSH More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC of Against the Wall for an honest review. Eric Hernandez just got out prison after serving time for killing a man in a gang battle. Now he’s out and he doesn’t plan on going back in. Before went in he had a girlfriend Meghan who he broke up with so she wouldn’t put her life on hold for him. Now that he’s out he knows he needs to stay away from her, which should be easy since she has a new boyfriend and isn’t living at home anymore. Except she’s everywhere he is and he wants her more than he wants anything. Meghan was hurt when Eric said he used her for a quick and easy lay all those years ago. Moving in with her boyfriend seemed like the right move, but after seeing Eric for the first time in two years she knows she’ll never love her boyfriend like she loved Eric. I don’t want to give a lot away but I really enjoyed this story. The story is very unique and the characters were great. Meghan is a sweet character and I enjoyed reading about how she changed from the beginning of the book and throughout the story. Her boyfriend in the beginning is a total douche. I felt bad for Meghan, but at the same time glad she had the experience and grew from it. Eric hasn’t had an easy life but I enjoyed reading about how he did everything he could to stay out of the gang life. He really does everything he can to keep his head above water and take care of the people he cares about. Eric’s a good character. The only aspect about this book I didn’t really like was how themes were repeated over and over again. The book mentions themes and characteristics repeatedly as if we as readers can’t gage some of the characters inner workings from reading. Some things were just overly explained. Like Eric likes art a lot and so every time they talk about that they relive the whole story about why he likes art and how he did it in prison. They do that sort of thing a lot and it wasn’t necessary. Despite that little aspect of the book I enjoyed everything else about this book. The story was original. The writing was great with great flow and just the right amount of dialogue, inner monologue, and description. Plus the sexy scenes with the BOMB! So grab this book it’s fabulous!
CCarroll More than 1 year ago
I went into this book thinking it was a deep romance, which it is. However, this book is so, so much more than a romance. I've read other books by Jill Sorenson so I wasn't really surprised at the excellent writing skills and storytelling ability. But what I was surprised about the depth of a story where she went into the actual life surrounding complications of the main characters. She touched upon life in the barrio and surrounding areas and how different it can be for people that just get out of prison. She talks about how different lives become when you don't think you're good enough for someone because your life circumstances have changed. People look at you different and treat you different but inside you know you're the same good person. You just took responsibility for an action that changed your life. The author also brings in other touchy subjects such as aggression towards women, abuse, body shaming, rape, and other crimes against women. I loved watching the story develop. The author brings you a deep emotional book that is so much more than just a simple romance. You honestly have to experience this book to understand my review at all. If you have emotional triggers regarding the subject matter, it may be a book to skip. However, I think the author did an awesome job in highlighting these issues in our life today. True love always finds a way and this book is a perfect example of what you thought was never meant to be becoming a wonderful happily ever after. Definitely a book to check out.
Lab228 More than 1 year ago
of her better books. I didn’t think it was one of those books that had a hot connection between the characters and wasn’t one of those books that left a lasting impression. But do not get me wrong, this by no means will stop me from reading more books by Ms. Sorenson. Despite Eric and Megan loving each other, circumstances worked against them to pull them apart. Eric spent time in prison for killing a man. When he went to prison he pushed Megan away by telling her he did not want her anymore. He thought he was doing the right thing. He didn’t want her to wait around for him. He wanted her to get one with her life. After being released, he goes to live with his sister-in-law and her husband Noah. Noah is Megan’s brother. Because of Eric’s past and involvement with his sister, Noah is not a fan of his. But he does help him by getting him an interview at a tattoo parlor. He will just have to prove himself. Although Megan has moved on and is now dating an abusive jerk named Chip, she has never given up on loving Eric. This is a book of forgiveness and second chances. In the beginning Eric seemed so lost. But as time went on he became more comfortable being out of prison and was looking forward to moving on with his life. There were some fun secondary characters. The only thing is the ending did not seem as polished or finished; no resolution as to whom the stalker is and would have liked an epilogue that looked further into the future to see how Megan and Eric were doing. Hopefully the author will build stories around the other characters and these questions will be answered.
TammyS32 More than 1 year ago
Eric is the bad boy that is ready to turn his life around. Just out of prison he is looking for a chance to start over as a professional tattoo artist. Meghan is the girl that he loved and let go because he didn’t want her waiting for him. She moved on but the relationship isn’t a good one. Eric’s past isn’t quite ready to let him go and Meghan could be in real trouble but doesn’t want Eric involved. This is a fast paced read, I enjoyed the story but wish it had a bit more depth. I did like the characters and the chemistry between them is hot. Enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this title as an advanced read from netgalley. A must read!!! would definitely like to read more about Eric and Meghan relationship and to see if maybe Kelsea and Tank end up getting together?
Ash-FirstDreamofBooks More than 1 year ago
Alright so this is going to be a short review as I am at work and I’m quite busy. Anyway what can I say about this book. In my eyes it was okay but it did not make me fall head over heels in love. Now this is the first novel that I read by Jill Sorenson and I’m sorry but I expected more. This book only got a 2.5 star/heart rating in my eyes which I’m rounding up till 3 stars/hearts. Why am I doing that?? You’ll see….. First off all I saw this book on Netgalley and when I read the blurb I was excited to read it but it just fell flat to me even though this book already has some high praises on Goodreads. The story itself was okay but what I hated was the two main characters. I love guys with tats but Eric not so much. I mean he is trying too hard to play the tough ex-con but he just wasn’t tough enough for that. He was just way too soft and just downright vulnerable at times. And then we come to Meghan…. *Sigh* I don’t know what to say….. She is just so naïve and she annoyed me most of the time. Normally a person should love the main characters but they just didn’t do it for me. Now why would I round up my 2.5 stars instead of going lower? Now that is an easy answer. It was the minor characters that saved the story for me. I loved Tank and Matthew and I really wanted more of them! Especially my man Tank! It was the minor/ secondary characters and their stories that saved the book for me. And like I said before the story line of the book was okay but I could have done without the main characters or they could have gotten some improvement for me. I wanted more of the secondary characters, I mean they are the ones that fascinate me and they are the ones who felt real. THEY are the ones I want to read more about! Anyway this book was okay enough BUT I think this is one of those books that you will either hate or love. I would have loved more of the secondary characters and less of the main but I can’t change that. Anyway it was a quick and easy read for me but the main characters just fell flat in my eyes.
Crystal61 More than 1 year ago
This was a very gritty story. Eric and Meghan are two young people who loved each other but circumstances pulled them apart. When Eric comes back into Meghan's life, they each try to hide their feelings. The opportunity finally arrives for them to get to know each other again. They cannot resist the pull despite warnings from all around them. There are instances of domestic violence, gang violence, and to even everything out, true real love. I enjoyed reading this story and look forward to more from Jill Sorenson. I had a chance to read this through Netgalley for an honest review.
Maja_Vo More than 1 year ago
3,5 STARS Well, to be hones, this book didn't really meet my expectations. Sorry. It made me feel more like like 'meh'. I don't know, if it was the constant push-pull play or Eric's almost immature POV but I simply couldn't connect to their story. Both Eric and Meghan have their past that is left unresolved, when he goes to prison. Now that he's, back so many things changed and some not for the better. Meghan is having a new boyfriend, who treats her like a piece of trash and to tell you the truth, I never fully understood why she stayed with him for as long as she did. It takes her ending up beaten up by him, for her to finally leave him. I wished it didn't had to come to that but I was glad to see her leave his sorry a**. He never deserved her, anyway! So, it's safe to say I didn't harbour kind feelings for him! Once she is free of her evil ex, she can start to breathe again and go for the one thing she never dreamed to have again. A second chance with Eric. But he, on the other hand, has different plans (as men usually do...). Since he's living under her brother's roof, he has clear 'instructions' to stay away from her. And you can imagine what comes out of that, right? YES, the boring pull-push play. Let me tell you, it goes on and on, till I almost gave up on them ever getting back together. Seriously, it takes a lot for them to finally see that what they have together simply cannot be ignored ANY LONGER!!! Yes, I know I'm ranting but don't worry. They do have some great moments together and I loved to see Eric lose his composure and give into his feelings for Meghan. In the end, those two have to overcome so much. From the ultimate betrayal to finding love again, this story is an emotional roller coaster. I didn't know what I was getting into, when I first saw the blurb, but this was definitely not it. I'm just glad I gave their story a chance! :) Safety-gang: Not really safe.
PennieM More than 1 year ago
This book is a roller coaster of emotional chaos waiting to erupt on the page. Eric Hernandez is now out of prison after killing a man and all he wants to do is get his life together and never go back to prison. Meghan Young was Eric's girlfriend and now is in a dangerous relationship with a man who is volatile but will not tell anyone or leave him. This doesn't make sense given her studies and background. This book has a lot of push-pull and immature context. **Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I have mixed feelings about this one but it did keep me reading and wanting to find out what happened next. Eric Hernandez is freshly out of prison and trying to live his life on the right side of the law. He's just looking for a chance to prove his worth. He knows he has nothing to offer someone like Meghan Young. Doesn't keep him from wanting though. Meghan has everything going for her. Especially now that she is out of the clutches of her abusive boyfriend. She know she should stay away from Eric but sometimes attraction is too hard to fight. In the end, I'm glad I gave stuck with this one. I would recommend it.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Against The Wall is a fantastic read. You have a steamy romance going on with Eric and Meghan, plus you also have Meghan's best friend, Kelsea, who’s having a protest walk for women rights and safety. How I love Kelsea. She's the kind of friend we all adore. Her bravery to stand up and speak her mind is awesome, but at the same we have to hold a hand over her mouth to shut her up before her mouth gets you killed. Yep, Kelsea has no filter. Okay, so on to Eric and Meghan. Eric is the bad boy. Meghan is the good girl. When Eric gets sent away to prison for three years, he doesn’t want Meghan waiting around, so he breaks up with her and in turn breaks Meghan's heart. But, Eric loves Meghan, and even while he's in prison she is all he thinks about. And when Eric comes home, he knows it’s going to be hard to stay away from her. But for Meghan, the good girl, he's determined to let her go, even if she's the only girl that has his heart forever. Meghan isn't ready to give up on Eric and she’s just as determined to make Eric her's again. The only thing is, Meghan is in a relationship with Chip. A relationship that she knows she’s was never really a part of, and Chip’s not ready to let Meghan go. Against The Wall is a fantastic read with steamy romance, “who done it” suspense, and a hilarious best friend. I recommend as a great read.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Once again Ms. Sorenson ( Aftershock ) does a fantastic job of giving us a non-traditional hero--Eric's a former gang member who's just gotten out of prison on a manslaughter sentence--and making me believe in him 110%. The alternating first person POV chapters really pulled me into both Eric and Meghan's heads and swept me right into their chaotic lives. I didn't even realize until the author's note at the end that this was a sequel of sorts to The Edge of Night , a book which I've had on my TBR but haven't yet had the chance to read. You know right from the beginning that Eric and Meghan have a past, but we're given enough details about what had gone down before Eric went away that it never even occurred to me that there'd been another book with these characters. Though of course now I *have* to read it, because, Noah and April! But I digress... I was completely invested in this story from the very first chapter. It was impossible not to root for Eric and Meghan, both in their individual lives and as a couple. Eric's story was especially heartbreaking--could he ever truly be free of the gang life? What kind of a future is an ex-con going to have, really? Is he strong enough to completely break free from his past?--and right up until the end, I wasn't sure how he'd manage to pull through. Meghan's got her own problems as well--graduation is looming, and she's not completely sure of where to go from there. Her once-perfect relationship is showing more than a few cracks, and she and her best friend are facing threats at the women's resource center where they volunteer. (That storyline isn't ever fully resolved--dare we hope that Kelsea will get her own story so we can find out what was going on there?) So, yeah, on their own they've got plenty going on. But put them together, and whoa. This book had me tearing up more than once, and I can't even tell you how many involuntary utterances the last few chapters wrung from me. Let's just say the kids are going to ban me from reading in the car while they're driving in the future ;) We were all relieved when I finally got to the end. If you enjoy gritty, realistic romances, then this is definitely one to try. Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.