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.
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 I’m With You by Harper Sloan is the third book in the Hope Town Series. Not only is the Hope Town Series a fabulous spinoff of the Corps Security Series, it easily stands on it’s own merit. When I’m With You is my favorite book in the Hope Town series because it features two of my favorite offspring in the Corps Security crew. I also love seeing one of my favorite characters in the Corps Security Series, Maddox Locke, handing over his little girl to another man. Is Nate Reid strong enough to stand up to Maddox Locke and win Emberlyn Locke’s heart?
Nate and Ember have had a special connection even though they are six years apart in age. At the tender age of eighteen Ember finally had the courage to confess her heartfelt feelings to Nate. Rather than embracing Ember’s heart, Nate rejected her confessions of love because of the age difference and he wasn’t ready to settle down in a relationship. This strained their precious friendship and sent it down a new path. Ember gave Nate one more chance at his sister’s wedding but once again Nate fell short of her expectations and this time she’s done.
Three years can make a huge difference in people’s lives. It gave Ember time to grow up, mature, and become a real woman. It gave her the opportunity to study art and pursue a career as an artist. It also gave Nate time to get himself together. He is finally pursuing his professional aspirations and is becoming his own man, not a man that lives in the shadows of Corps Security. He’s reached the point in his life where he’s ready to settle down with one woman. The only woman he wants is Emberlyn Locke and she wants nothing to do with him. She has gone out of her way to avoid him. She has been absent from all of the family functions. He intends to turn it around.
Ember has moved on from Nate. Although she has a boyfriend, he’s not what she wants. He’s turning into someone that she’s beginning to fear. After a heated break-up, Emberlyn is ready to move on.
Nate and Ember are finally getting a chance to make more of their special connection. Everything is happening at warped speed. Nate is busy with his new business and Ember is busy preparing for her art show. They barely have time for one another let alone anything else. As far as Nate is concerned he will make the time for Ember no matter what obstacles stand in his way. He will have to deal with one scary father, a group of meddling family members, and a crazy ex boyfriend. Not a problem, he is Nate Reid, a man to be reckoned with.
I loved Nate and Ember’s story. It was everything I hoped Harper Sloan would give these two dynamic people. It was perfection.
For the record… Nate Reid can put me in time out anytime he pleases. And… I still love daddy dearest, Maddox Locke. These two men make me swoon!
Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.