Relentless by Cassia Leo
Synopsis: Book One in the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY bestselling series.
“Sometimes letting someone go is the ultimate act of love.”
Claire Nixon is a college student with a past full of secrets and heartbreak. At seven years old, the death of her mother by drug overdose destroys her faith in humanity and herself as she is tossed from one foster home to another. Feeling unwanted and disposable, she fights to keep herself safe in the system. Until, at the age of fifteen, she is saved by her first love, and soon-to-be rock star, Chris Knight and his mother, who quickly becomes the mother she always wanted.
When Claire encourages Chris to leave town to pursue his dreams of musical stardom, both Claire and Chris don’t realize this will be the biggest mistake of their lives.
One year after Chris leaves on tour, Claire has carved out a new life for herself in a new city far away from the life she left behind with Chris. On a fateful morning, she meets sexy surfer Adam Parker.
To Claire, Adam is just another flirty customer at the cafe, until a chance encounter and seemingly innocent comment spurs a bet between them. The bet is simple: If Adam can get Claire to reveal the secret that made her drop out of college and leave her life behind, she has to re-enroll. If he doesn’t succeed, she gets to keep her secret and he has to stop stalking her at the cafe.
Claire thinks she has this one in the bag. She’s perfected the art of forgetting her past. But she isn’t prepared for Adam’s relentless pursuit or for him to share his own secrets. And she’s definitely not prepared for the love of her life, Chris Knight, and her secret, to come banging down her door one year later.
Review by Jennifer: Cassia Leo paints a beautiful picture with this book. You fall in love with the characters and feel everything going on inside of them. Claire thought she had left her past behind. She did the right thing by letting Chris pursue his music career. She was holding him back. He deserved better. It hurt, but she knows it was for the best.
She lives in an apartment with her best friend. Things were going good. She worked at a cafe on the beach and she had a place to live. She was out on her own.
Then a customer at the cafe starts to flirt with her. She doesn’t think anything of it. That night her best friend drags her to a party. One just a few blocks away. Fed up with it all she decides to just walk home. That’s when she has another chance encounter with Adam. He almost runs her over, but quickly apologizes. He takes her home and that’s when Claire realizes he’s the one tenant in her apartment complex. Things just got complicated and Adam isn’t taking no for an answer. He wants Claire and he isn’t going to stop until he has her. And he wants to know what secret she’s holding deep down inside of her. It’s not what he expected though.
It was amazing seeing the interaction that these two characters had. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series! Definitely a must read!