In Long for Me by Shiloh Walker, Christina Bell remembers what it was like to be part of a loving family. The youngest of the Bell children, she simply cannot believe that her dad, or anyone else she loves, had a hand in her mother's disappearance. She's looking forward to moving on and spending more time with her sexy best friend, Guy Miller, who she is starting to see in a whole new light.Their attraction sizzling and love deepening, Christina feels confident in her life and ability to handle what comes her way...But when Nichole's body is found—and the mystery of her death slowly reveals itself—Christina is left not knowing who to trust. What if Guy, her one true desire, proves to be her biggest danger?
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Series:||Secrets & Shadows , #3|
|File size:||543 KB|
About the Author
Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader, and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. Her Secrets and Shadows series includes Burn for Me, Break for Me, and Long for Me.
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¿A gut-wrenching, stirring and provocative answer.....¿ My rating: 5 of 5 ¿¿ As youngest of the Bell family, Christina may have felt the disappearance of her mother deepest. Living the last fifteen years in limbo, not knowing what happened had taken a toll on her family and although her siblings had recently found ways to unglue themselves, Chris was still firmly stuck in a place where only the answers could propel her forward. Her brother's best friend, and extra child in their household, Guy Miller, had made himself invaluable to Chris over the years. From a miserable home life himself, he found solace with the Bells and was taken in as one of their own. Their loss was his as well after the disappearance, and for Chris he had always been able to provide a source of great comfort. But comfort is not all Guy is wanting to provide. His feelings over the years have grown way beyond anything sisterly and Chris has to recognize that the peace she finds in Guy's arms is not just because he is such a good guy. There is a strong chemistry they have both been trying to ignore and as clues to her mother's disappearance start coming to the surface, Chris seeks out Guy's company for more than just comfort. ***** Highly emotionally charged and morally complex story, told in a beautifully sensitive way by the very talented Shiloh Walker! This is the third in a series of three novellas, chronicling the story of the three Bell children whose mother disappeared fifteen years ago, without a trace. Initially their father was suspected having a hand in her disappearance, but no evidence of any wrongdoing was ever found. Their lives thus far have been marked and guided by this event and the three novellas illustrate how each of the siblings find there own way out from under the yolk of that burden. Chris, the youngest, has the added misfortune that she has a condition which was not diagnosed until later in her school years, but it did cause her a lot of frustration in her youth. A lot of misunderstood behavioral issues and all during a period when the entire family was grieving not only the loss of a mother, but unsure of what role anyone else of the family might have played in that. An extremely turbulent situation which only contributed to more emotional noise for Chris, who could only be soothed by Guy. Even as an adult, Guy would always be available and devoted to take care of Chris, whenever needed. Where her siblings would often rub her the wrong way, or try to control her responses or reactions, Guy would simply be and settle her. But it wasn't until some of the clouds of mystery around the disappearance of her mother started lifting, that Chris was willing to see what was really happening between herself and Guy. Almost like she was holding herself back until she could find some justice for her mother. I can't say too much about Guy without giving too much away, but suffice it to say that the suffering for him in particular is not over yet. This man has had a hard life and it has not gotten easier, but it will, hopefully. He has been strong enough for Chris for years, now perhaps she can be strong enough for him. So emotionally intricate, but with characters so admirable and strong, despite their struggles and baggage. Some of this story as a whole made my heart ache - for time wasted, for feelings hurt, for misunderstandings, for so many things over so many years that could've and should've been avoided. It really is a heartbreaking tale. But beautifully written and incredibly sexy at that. ¿A gut-wrenching, stirring and provocative answer.....¿ **Copy provided in return for an honest review**
3.5 stars I have really enjoyed getting to know more about the Bell siblings and Long for Me, the third novella in this series, was no different. This time we delve deeper into Chrissie and Guys relationship and learn more about the circumstances surrounding her mothers death. Each novella has been pulling more at my emotional heartstrings and I knew that Chrissie and Guys story would too, and I was becoming more invested in this family being able to move past their grief and find happiness and love. Chrissie is the youngest in the family and was very young when her mother was taken from her and has, understandably, never been the same again. Her older siblings, Tate and Jensen have always looked out for her and tried to shield her from any further emotional pain, but when it all gets too much only one person has ever been able to understand her and soothe her pain - Guy. He has always been Chrissies rock, the calming presence in her life and, unbeknownst to her, has loved her from afar for years. She shut herself off from a relationship with Guy, believing that negated any chance of losing him. I really felt for Chrissie and all that she had to deal with. She held tightly to her emotions, putting on the strong front for her family, not wanting them to worry about her, but just holding it together by a thread. She was a tough cookie on the outside but showed such a broken and vulnerable side when she was with Guy. I was so glad she had him to lean on and I loved the dynamics of their relationship. Guy grew up with the Bell siblings, Nichole becoming the surrogate mother that he never had at home and was always the safe place to land when his evil father was on the warpath. As his upbringing is revealed my heart really bled for him, his grief over losing the only mother figure in his life in Nichole, and also growing up with a father who was abusive, cruel and ruthless. He chose to be nothing like his father, and his determination to protect not just Chrissie, but the entire Bell family, going all out to find answers and closure, made me love him all the more. As I have mentioned before, I loved the relationship between Chrissie and Guy, the dialogue between them, the way they supported each other and the way they loved each other. Theirs was a love story that had to overcome so much emotional heartache that stemmed from their circumstances. They loved each other passionately, the chemistry between them was intense. The question was whether Chrissie could admit her feelings and take a chance on love. I have loved these first three novellas that have perfectly set the scene for the rest of this series and I am fully invested in seeing where this heads.
LONG FOR ME by Shiloh Walker is an exciting Romantic Suspense Novella. It is the finale prequel to Ms. Walker's Secrets & Shadows series. #3 in the "Secrets & Shadows" series, can be read as a stand alone, however, I would suggest reading in order. See," Burn For Me" and "Break For Me". This is Christina and Guy's story. Follow, Christina Bell, and Guy Miller on a journey of danger, passion, trust,secrets, lust, did I mention lust? and closure. A wonderful, quick read! I would recommend this romantic suspense to any and all readers who enjoy a quick read. Well done! Received for an honest review. *FYI: These novellas introduces the reader to the players and sets the stage for an upcoming print release from St. Martins Paperbacks in June, "Deeper Than Need".* RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: HOT REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
I read A LOT and I don't think I've ever read a book where the main character has ADHD and dyslexia. I can only imagine what a difficult time Christina Bell had growing up. Her mother was there in the beginning but after she died, Christina had to deal with the fact that no one knew how to help her quite like her mother did. It's no wonder her life has been such a struggle. Thank God for Guy, her best friend. This short story packs such a punch! The ups and downs are extremely emotional. As the mystery has been solved, the end result is surprising. Guy knows what the Bell family wants and does some things that Chris does not approve of to get it. I feel terrible for Chris and Guy. In the end, no one's quite sure how Chris is going to take it. Will she throw away her friendship with Guy or will she finally realize what everyone else already knows? Bravo Shiloh Walker!!! This last novella in a trio of novellas in the Secrets & Shadows series have been nothing short of brilliant. Short stories that are so complete, you almost forget how short they are. I'm looking forward to reading more in this series. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
NUMBER OF HEARTS: 4 REVIEW: Long for Me is the final prequel novella in Shiloh Walker’s Secrets & Shadows series before book one Deeper Than Need comes out in June 2014. I really loved this story. I think Guy & Tink are my favorite couple so far. As always when I review a novella I can’t give you to much because I want you to read the book yourself. But I will say that questions get answered and lives will change again. If you have not started this series you need to start with Burn for me. These novella’s are one overall story with each novella focusing on one of the Bell kids. I am very much looking forward to reading Deeper Than Need and seeing where Shiloh takes this series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from NetGalley & St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.