Love Me Like That
by Marie James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Two strangers trapped together in a blizzard.
One running from the past; one with no future.
Two destinies collide.
London Sykes is on her own for the first time in her life after a sequence of betrayal and abuse. One man rescues her only to destroy her himself. An unfortunate accident lands her in a ditch only to be rescued by the most closed-off man she’s ever met, albeit undeniably handsome.
Kadin Cole is at the cabin in the woods for the very first and the very last time. Since his grief doesn’t allow for him to return home to a life he’s no longer able to live alone, he’s finally made what has been the hardest decision of his life. His plans change drastically when a beautiful woman in a little red car crashes into his life.
How can she trust another man?
How could he ever love again?
Will happenstance and ensuing sexual attraction be enough to heal two hearts enough that they can see in themselves what the other sees?
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Dinner was going great. We talked about future plans and vacations my parents want to take now that Dad is semi-retired. That all changed when dessert was being served, and Kegan got that look in his eye.
“So, KayKay? You told mom about the woman you have living with you yet?” Kegan says like it’s just another piece of everyday news to discuss at the table.
From the corner of my eye, I see both of my parents’ heads snap up and look at me. Center of attention, a position Kegan has always been better at than me. This is his payback for not spilling it about London when he asked. My mind is already thinking of things to do to get back at him; that’s if I don’t strangle him first.
I narrow my eyes at him before speaking. “I do have a house guest,” I respond with as much nonchalance as I can muster.
“Houseguest,” Kegan huffs.
“She’s in the guest room,” I reply and look at my mother. My explanation does nothing to keep the happiness off of her face. Seems I’m as transparent to her as I am to Kegan, and she didn’t show up at the house like he did and see her braless in a tank top and yoga pants.
“And where do you sleep?” Kegan says just before popping an overly large bite of pie into his mouth.
My jaw clenches uncontrollably, and my left eye ticks periodically with my pulse. Fucker.
“How did you meet?” My Aunt Diana asks thinking she’s saving me from Kegan’s questions when she’s actually only making it worse.
Kegan drops his fork on his plate loudly and sits backs far in his chair. “Oh, I love this part of the story.”
★✩★✩★ 5 – Emotionally Exhausting but So Damn Good – Stars ★✩★✩★
~this review MAY CONTAIN minor spoilers~
I know deep down that nothing has changed. I know that the same misery waits for me if I go back. The long drunken knights without Savannah; the misery of losing the love of my life. I've been over all of this a million times in my head, only now there is another whisper in my ear that tells me things could be different if I only allow it.
One woman running from her past...
One man giving up on the future...
One blizzard and One cabin in the middle of nowhere...
Snowed in with no where to go, two people find everything they never thought they were looking for in each other – if only they weren't too scared to see it.
London has been betrayed by everyone she should have been able to trust.
Kadin has lost everything he loved most.
Together they find that maybe it is possible to find happiness again, if they're brave enough to go after it.
But will they figure that out, or will they be too late?
The more I'm around him, the more I want to be around him. We've been trapped in his cabin for days, and we spent less than an hour apart yesterday, yet it seems not to be enough. I crave him. I yearn for his touch. I covet every caress. The most alarming thing about this entire situation is that although the sex is out of this world amazing, it's the embrace after the orgasm that causes the wildest beating of my heart.
I became a Marie James fan when I stumbled on her Hale series three books in and I've never looked back. Her books are not drama free, and are usually laced with at least a little bit of danger, so I kinda knew what to expect going in to this – but nothing prepared me for what I got. She exceeded my expectations. This was definitely the most emotion driven book out of the several that I've read so far and I loved every damn minute of it, even as it was tearing me apart. These characters were as amazing as they were utterly frustrating. London was one of the strongest female characters I've read in awhile. To have gone through everything she has gone through and still have the ability to love is amazing. On the other hand, she almost turned herself into a doormat where Kadin was concerned. There was more than one time (many more) where I was like – Girl, say something or walk the fuck away! But she didn't. She put up with way more than she should have. I get where Kadin was coming from, to a degree – I can't imagine suffering a loss like that. But he was a goddamn hypocrite at times and it just pissed me off. He demanded that London open up to him, pushed her into talking about her past, but when it came time to return the favor and talk to her about his demons – he shut that shit right down. And London, after suffering everything she has, already dealing with some self-esteem issues thinking she will never be enough for anyone, and understandably so, is now battling against a ghost!! No one can compete with that. She did finally reach her limit and put her foot down, but she took way too damn long doing it. Still.... I loved these two together. They were absolutely perfect for each other and everything that the other needed – it just took a little while for them to get on the same page and stop hurting each other. The one thing you can't deny though was their chemistry. They had THAT in spades and it made for some smokin hott scenes. And let's not forget the abundance of twists that were thrown in there – all relating to Kadin. I DID NOT see that coming. Any of it. Disturbing. As far as I know, this is a standalone and will not be made into a series at this point and that makes me sad. For one, I would LOVE to see more of London & Kadin in the future. For another – I would really like to see a certain boss get his own story, as well as Kadin's brother. So Ms. James, #IwantMore -just sayin ;)
In the end, if you like your romances packed with heat, ripe with emotion, and sprinkled with danger, surprises, and some wicked twists – then grab this book TODAY. Hell, grab any one of Marie James' book – you will NOT regret it.
She needs to know that I don't see her as just someone to have sex with and if I'm completely honest with myself she never was. She began creeping inside of my soul the second she crossed the threshold of that cabin and confirmed her place when ii began thinking more of her smile and less about the pills and gun I brought with me.
Marie James: I’m a full-time, working mother of two boys and wife of 11 years. I've spent almost my entire lifetime living in central Texas, with only short stays in South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. I've always wanted to write novels and just recently had the gumption to sit down and start one. My passions include reading everything under the sun and plotting out new books to write in the future.
Love Me Like That is my 6th book. I’ve also written the Hale Series and a FanFiction named Psychosis, featuring up and coming cover model, Matthew Hosea, as the main character. This book was done for fun, and all of the proceeds are going to charity. All of my books are currently available on Amazon.
My current work-in-progress is titled Kincaid and is a spin-off motorcycle club novel from the Hale Series. Fans begged for Diego “Kincaid”
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