When I'm With You by Harper Sloan
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Hope Town #3
Published by Tantor Audio on July 20, 2016
Nate: It's nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and believe they would die before hurting you. I've witnessed it-I've seen the power of it-but I've also seen the pain. Because for me, I've only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I'm not sure I can because I only feel complete when I'm with her.
Emberlyn: The only time I feel like I belong is when he's near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones. Any insecurities I have vanish with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave. Now, I'm not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I'm with him.He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn't understand. I said we could weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.
When it was made known that Harper Sloan was going to work on stories for the second generation of the characters from her Corps Security series I was ecstatic. I won’t say that Sloan’s Corps Security series was a favorite, but her alpha males were some of the first that I had ever read, so her stories will always hold a special place for me.
As soon as When I’m With You started, with Shirl Rae’s narration and all, I immediately knew that the heroine and I were going to have a problem connecting. It’s been a minute since I’ve read a new adult story, and this would be the first time that I’ve actually listened to a new adult story, so I guess I forgot why I shied away from these type of stories for so long.
Before Emberlyn initiated the play she felt she had to make with Nate I was sort of digging her ballsy attitude in going for what she wanted dang the consequences. So while I understand why she did what she did, I was still pissed especially after Nate said what he said once she walked away…UGH talk about unnecessary angst. Regardless of all of that, I am seriously thankful for not only Sloan’s writing but also for Rae’s narration of Nate’s character; her voice sort of made Emberlyn more annoying that what I think she should’ve been.
Nate I will have to say carried the same things that made me enjoy Cooper, Cage and the rest the alpha male’s from Sloan’s Corps Security series, but just like with Emberlyn his actions at the start of When I’m With You disappointed me and made it hard to want to connect with him. I did struggle with his character but since Rae’s narration was so on point for his perspective I just sat back and tried to enjoy as much as I could of the story; like I said “unnecessary angst.”
I do want to try another Shirl Rae narration just from the potential she showed with When I’m With You, as for Harper Sloan I think I’ve sort of moved pass her writing style and my tastes have drastically changed.