When Rowan is awarded a ballet scholarship to Michigan State University during her senior year of high school, her life's dream is finally realized. Having lost her mother at an early age and being subjected to the abuse of a destitute drunken father, she has known unimaginable loss and heartache and been left wanting for a better life—a life now within her grasp. But with one ill-fated phone call, her life is turned upside down.
Logan is Rowan's best friend's older brother whose career is taking off as he prepares to graduate law school and move cross-country to the prestigious law firm that has offered him a very lucrative contract. When Rowan finds herself at Logan's mercy after he inadvertently learns of the abuse she has suffered at the hands of her father, their lives become intertwined in a way neither ever imagined nor wanted.
In an effort to protect her, but with his own hands tied by her unwillingness to report the abuse, Logan strikes a deal requiring Rowan to stay with him whenever there is a chance her father might be on a drunken binge—which is often. For her agreement and cooperation, he will keep her secret. Soon, their time together weighs on them both, and they find themselves constantly tempted to step outside the bounds of their supposed platonic relationship. But there is no point. The devastating fact of the matter is their lives are moving in opposite directions—a relationship destined to die before it even has a chance to live.
The ever present clock plagues them both as it ticks off the days until they are parted. But one all important question remains—after he leaves, how will he protect her from a father intent on hating her until the day he dies … or the day he kills her?
"Review from preppea" By The Romance Reviews 2 years ago
Ever read an erotica book that didn't actually involve sex? No? Me either – until now! Elizabeth Finn takes the virgin story to a whole new level with this story about a best friend's brother who finds out a terrible secret and vows to protect the girl at all costs.
When we meet Rowan, she's in her final year of high school and just trying to make it through until she can leave for college on the ballet scholarship she's earned. For the majority of her life she's been hiding just how abusive her alcoholic father is, but one night her best friend's older brother finds out. Logan is 7 years older than Rowan and though she turns 18 early in the story, he still fights the feelings he has for her not only because of her age, but also because he has already accepted a job across the country and is set to move at the end of the year.
Rowan begs for Logan to keep quiet about what he's learned of her father and in exchange he makes her promise to stay in his guest bedroom whenever her father is out drinking. Logan fights his attraction as long as he can, but eventually he's left with only one vow left – he won't take her virginity only to leave her months later.
And so the most erotic and sensual non-sex story ensues, and boy, is it hot! I think this might be the first book of Elizabeth Finn's where I actually could have done with a few less erotic scenes (even before Logan and Rowan got together, their imaginations were already steamy and descriptive and it eventually become almost overkill). But the best thing about this author is that she doesn't rely on her sex scenes to make up for a mediocre story; she packs in action and characters that are three-dimensional and believable. The kind of characters you care about and root for – and can't get enough of!