Scared of Forever (Scared, #2) by Jacqueline Abrahams
Release Date: December 14, 2014
Every lie, no matter how small, has some degree of truth.
Five months after moving to New York City, Emily is engaged to Blake Carson, future doctor and the man who she believes to be the love of her life. Until she starts to realize that the foundation upon which she’s building her future is based on a series of Blake’s self-serving lies.
Blake can’t let her go. He can’t continue to deceive Emily, either. But Blake’s biggest problem is that he has to maintain the life he has become accustomed to, at any cost. And that means keeping his overbearing mother happy, and keeping Emily ignorant.
Tyler Carson left New York City two years ago, happy to leave behind all of the Carson family drama. Until he comes home and meets Emily. Falling in love with his brother’s fiancée was easy. Protecting her from his family was necessary. Leaving her was almost impossible, knowing that he was breaking her heart, and his own.
Finding solace in her friendship with Tyler, Emily is forced to face the reality that Blake is not the man she thought he was. But neither is Tyler, the friend who gave her the clarity she needed, and then left her alone to pick up the shattered pieces of her life. Heartbroken and deserted, Emily has had enough of the Carson brothers.
But sometimes, love is not that which sends us soaring, but that which keeps us grounded. Can Emily ever bring herself to love another Carson completely?
Secrets, lies and lust-filled nights, all in the name of the screwed-up pursuit of happily ever after, Scared of Forever is the second novel in the Scared Series, which features characters from Scared of Beautiful, but can be read as a standalone.
His eyes search mine, looking for an answer. Some sign of hope. They bore into me intensely. My entire body lights up, a burning warmth coursing through my mid-section. I’m so scared of my actions around Tyler now, especially when I’m so uninhibited by alcohol.
I grab his hand silently and we walk down the corridor. I open the first door we see and turn the handle. It opens easily. In the dark, with only a small amount of moonlight illuminating the room from a small, high window, I see rows of crockery and cutlery on metal shelving down the center of the long room. I push the lock button on the door, sealing us both in.
Tyler eyes me cautiously. “Emily, I don’t think this is such a good idea.”
“Are you saying you don’t want to be alone with me?” I ask, taking a step forward, meeting his eyes in a silent challenge.
“No,” he says. “I’m saying I don’t trust myself alone with you.” Tyler snakes an arm around my waist. My skin burns under his touch.
“We’ve been alone before. Why is this time different?”
“You know why,” he whispers. Tyler looks as if it’s taking all of his willpower to maintain his resolve against me.
“I don’t,” I say softly. “Tell me why.”
“You’re beautiful,” he says with a smile. “But you’ve been drinking. And believe me when I say that I’m using every ounce of restraint that I have to stay away from you. How will you feel about this in the morning?”
“I may have been drinking, but you will still be Tyler in the morning. The world may end. But you’ll still be you. I’ll still be me. We’ll still have been here, alone. And I’ll still remember why I locked that door,” I say softly. “Your brain may be telling you one thing, but your body—” I stop speaking as I let my eyes wander down to the very obvious hard on in his pants.
Tyler takes a step forward and crashes his lips into mine without a second’s more hesitation. My mind finally catches up to my body, realizing that I have wanted this for so long. Our lips dissolve into each other’s. My god! His lips. This kiss. So sweetly erotic. Tyler grips me firmly around the waist and moves closer, gently pushing me against the cold wall. I don’t even register the temperature. My own body feels like it has been lit on fire. His hand reaches back to unclip my hair, and it falls freely over my shoulders.
My hands grab hungrily at his shirt, yanking it from his pants. I feel him, hard in every way imaginable, pressed against my thigh. My fingers move fluidly up his back, feeling his muscles clench under my touch. He gently turns my face and leaves a trail of soft, delicious kisses down my neck. I move to undo his belt. I want to feel him. Need to. To know, just once, what Tyler Carson feels like. The smell of him is intoxicating. As he delivers kiss after mind-blowing kiss, his hands roam freely, as if memorizing every curve of my body. His fingers leave blazing trails on my skin wherever they venture.
He leans up abruptly and cups my face in his hands. “Tell me you want this. Tell me you want me,” he whispers lowly, searching my eyes, his breath ragged.
I have to admit that I wasn’t too sure about this book in the beginning. Scared of Forever is Blake and Emily’s story. We first meet up with Blake in Scared of Beautiful and he wasn’t my favorite character. But, the synopsis of this story drew me in, so I decided to give him a chance.
Blake and Emily become engaged only 5 months after being together. Emily believes that she has met the perfect guy. That is until she starts discovering certain things don’t add up. Blake has a plan. In order to keep his lifestyle the way that it is, he must do whatever it takes to keep his mother happy. Emily is the answer to his problem. The perfect fiancee. Only he’s keeping a big secret from her……Tyler is the brother who no one talks about. The black sheep of the family. He’s been gone for 2 years and now he’s come home. The last thing he ever planned on was falling for his brother’s fiancee. He wants to protect her from his family and the lies that his brother has told her. But, what will happen when Emily learns those lies?? Lies will be discovered, hearts will be broken. Will Emily be able to put her life back together when it all shatters around her? Will love be enough??
I’m going to be honest with you. I didn’t love this story in the beginning. I’m not usually a fan of love triangles and I take even bigger issue with cheaters. But, I wanted to give this story a fair chance and I’m honestly glad that I did.
Blake, I’m sorry, but you were a HUGE jerk! I hated the way that he treated Emily. He had no respect for her. And I’m not gonna lie, I was happy to see him get what was coming to him. I didn’t find myself feeling bad for him at all.
Tyler….I loved Tyler from the moment his character was introduced. He was such a refreshing change from Blake. Someone friendly, who wanted to spend time with Emily. He was honest with her, and made her question things that didn’t quite add up. And he was loyal and told the brutal truth, even though he knew the outcome would hurt him as well. He didn’t plan on falling for Emily, it just happened. Emily and Tyler shared an instant connection and I couldn’t help myself from rooting for them to find some happiness.
Scared of Forever was a super quick read for me. The story line was interesting, kept me wanting to know what would happen next and was told from multiple pov’s. Scared of Forever had a lot of great twists and turns and had me feeling a huge variety of emotions. I was frustrated, and annoyed, but by the end of the story, I had a huge smile on my face. I kept going back and forth with my rating on this one, but the last 1/4 of the book changed my whole opinion of the book. Overall, I thought this was a good read and am glad that I gave it a chance.
*An ARC copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review*
✎ Scared of Forever (Scared, #2)
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✎ Infinite Fear – A Novella (Scared #0.5)
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Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MI9WDWE
✎ Scared of Beautiful (Scared #1)
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Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LJAYYJS
About the Author
Jacqueline Abrahams is the author alter ego for an ordinary mum to three children (two human and one canine) and wife to one husband. Born in South Africa, she now calls Sydney, Australia her home.
A collector all things books and bookish, she in an avid reader and has a tiny obsession with filling bookshelves. When she’s not preoccupied wearing her aspiring author or mummy hat, she is working her way towards completing a degree in Primary and Secondary Teaching (with an English major of course!)
Goodreads Page – www.goodreads.com/authorjacquelineabrahams
Twitter – @authorjabrahams
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00LLSL8W4
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