Loneliness. The pain doesn't simply go away with time. It's been years, and they tell me I need to move on. But I can't.
Blame and regret are my constant companions. Until I see him in the spotlight and everything changes. Night after night, I watch him dance. Thinking about him.
What he'd feel like.
What he'd taste like.
And now that I know, I want him even more.
And maybe...just maybe, he might want me too.
But not yet.
Not before he knows he's more than a pretty face. Not before he knows what he means to me. I need him by my side.
The two of us.
Why can't I forget him? His hands touching me. His mouth on mine. Kissing me. Rendering me mindless.
Every night I lay awake burning for him. Dreaming. Thinking. Needing him.
No-I don't. I don't need anyone.
I want him.
I want more. I am more. He's seen that, and now here I stand with my dream on the horizon. All I need to do is take that first step. Trust him.
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Rhoades is a total 4 1/2 star for me!! I need 1/2 star ratings, please!! What a great conclusion to this duet!! If you have not read Austin, stop and go read it before you begin Rhoades, because Rhoades is not a stand alone book, it is a conclusion. Rhoades picks up right where Austin left off...and takes us on one beautiful emotionally-charged roller coaster of a ride!! Rhoades gave us a more in depth look into the past stories of Austin and Rhoades, and we truly began to understand just who these men were, and how their pasts were affecting their current decision making, especially when it came to relationships, trust, and opening one's heart to another. However, I do have to admit, although as I read deeper and more of the past events that Austin had gone through were revealed, such pain for one young man to experience, I understood his apprehension in regards to Rhoades; but he really did drive me crazy with his hot and cold attitude towards Rhoades. Whoa!! Man, oh man, was Austin frustrating!! I will admit that I did love his fierce independence, and his unwillingness to compromise who he was for anyone. Now, can we speak about Rhoades?!!! OMG!! I absolutely loved Rhoades!! This is one sexy man, who was willing to fight for what he wanted once he, too, realized that it was OK to live and love again, and he wasn't willing to allow Austin to completely dictate how their ending was going to occur. I loved his willingness to care for and love Austin without Austin realizing exactly what Rhoades was doing. Rhoades was one mysterious, smart, and did I say sexy already, man!! Felice Stevens has a masterful way of writing stories about characters, and about friends and families, whether they are biological or not, that are emotional, heart wrenching, and joyous, and that draw you in from page go, and Rhoades is no exception. Lastly, let me just say that I absolutely adored Frankie, Cort, and James. Felice's secondary characters are always just as complex and interesting as her main characters, and this is one of the many reasons why I love her books so much. I am so ready for the next book in this series. C'mon Frankie!!!