Note: Sealed is the first book in a continuing series.
Sealed: to conclude, establish, or settle definitively, excluding the possibility of reversal or loss; to decide irrevocably.
I'm leaving the naive, little girl version of myself behind in Pilot's Point, and good riddance to her. Here, I can be whoever I want, a whole new Avery far removed from the drama of that former self. This one isn't going to be afraid to take risks and go out on a limb or two. I'm done living in a self-proscribed bubble, always scared of the consequences of a poor decision.
There's so many new experiences in Baltimore, new people, new places. I'm entranced by everything here from the snow to the men. There is no shortage of hot guys in Baltimore. They say everything is bigger and better in Texas, but I must beg to disagree.
From the moment Kreed Jones touched his soft lips to my hand, his mouth is the only thing my brain wants to concentrate on. Those sweet lips that refused to kiss mine, refused to take advantage, God, I want them. I want them so badly, but...
Trevor Rossi is sexy as sin, and boy, does he ever know! He's gorgeous; that's a given. The play boy lifestyle he exudes calls to me, drawing me near the flame. I know I'll get burned, but would the end be worth one night in his arms? I am uncertain, still firmly on the fence, and after running into my professor, I'm even more confused.
Dr. James Saunders...James, as he insists...is handsome in his tailored suit, and the beautiful soul that shines behind those glasses of his, well, it's a temptation, for certain. He's off limits, and I think that's the appeal. It's wrong, oh so very, very, wrong. I just can't seem to convince my mind of it.
These three men keep looking at me like I'm a prize, not the game, and for the first time in my life, I'm free of me. I'm not standing in my way, not anymore.
The following story contains mature themes, strong language, and sexual situations. It is intended for an adult audience and is not suitable for young readers.
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Favorite Quotes: “I’m just not cut out to join a nunnery. There is something about the thought of excruciatingly hard work like scrubbing tiles with a tooth brush, not to mention the whole vow of chastity thing, that tells me I should steer clear of any permanent life choices. Holy vows included.” “I try to articulate a response, but my entire body is rebelling. My brain is shutting down as my heart starts pumping all my blood elsewhere. My lungs decide to take a vacation, and I find myself short of breath. Instead of trying to formulate a witty response, because there is no way possible that will happen under these conditions, I simply dance.” “It’s cheesy, like baseball concession stand nacho cheesy, but I can’t help but feel my heart jump out of my chest at his words.” “Looking into Avery’s eyes is sort of like looking into the sun. I can’t help but blink and wonder if I’m going to be permanently scarred.” “Besides, I’m done with boys. You all have cooties.” “There isn’t a lot in this world that scares me, but my sister is definitely at the top of the list. She has killer bony elbows and a damned good left hook.” “Unique for my mother is about as back handed a compliment as you can find. She likes things that are cookie cutter plain and boring. Unique is as bad as finding a hair in your salad.” “I think Avery is your other half. The peanut butter to your jelly. The peas to your carrots.” My Review: S.J. Sawyer has been a surprise find for me. Reading indie authors is often a gamble and I hit doubles when I stumbled into her listings. Her writing is witty, comfortable, easy to follow, delightfully funny, emotionally layered, and insightful. Her humor is varied from smart snark to “nacho cheesy.” She has somehow managed to write a steamy and sensual book while maintaining the key character’s virginity, much to the character’s chagrin. I enjoyed the variety of the vibrant characters, and was surprised by how entertaining it was to follow this group of young and adventuresome 20 something college students while they establish their odd relationships, which are rather unusual. Lucky for me, I have three more of these tales already loaded on my kindle as I cannot wait to see what happens next.