I've always had a thing for musicians so this book was an automatic love for me. There are very few things I find more attractive than a man with a guitar or a piano - give me a musician any day. Asher Foster is sexy as hell! He's real. A bit broken. Seemingly arrogant. Funny. Sweet. And completely fuckable. It might be the musician in him but I absolutely adored him. Falon Shaw was a character worth knowing. She's artist, creative, and she wants to see the world. She's independent but she's also close to her rather large family. I come from a large family so I can totally relate to that feeling of being a part of something so much bigger than myself whilst still feeling somewhat alone amongst them. It's almost humbling knowing that part of her wants to escape them.
As for their relationship, it was beautiful to see the difference between Asher the musician and Asher the boyfriend. Their first meeting, the photo shoot was intense from the off; Asher's dick almost on show, the tension was ripe in the air. Then when Asher took that call and he shared his most devastatingly soul destroying moment with Falon even though he barely knew her. She had no idea what was wrong as she photographed his pain and there was the foundation for their whole relationship; a single intimate moment shared.
It was fantastic to finally get some closure about the whole is Asher really a Foster thing. I kind of had a feeling that there would be a bit of a surprise twist in the plot with this one and as always Bladon didn't disappoint. I might not have been surprised by the fact that it wasn't what it seemed but I was still surprised by how it all played out and the way it effected them all; Asher, his brothers and his father.
I love Asher and Falon; I think they are ridiculously perfect for each other. Asher is amazingly romantic; the white roses... especially the wilting ones (they moved me more than any other flower ever could), the way Falon quickly became his muse, how he offered to help her sister, and all the talk of pizza... and even though Falon is seemingly very confident she has an undertone of wariness. She's slow to trust. She doesn't think that a musician like Asher could possibly want to be in it for the long haul but he proves her wrong and far quicker than you'd imagine. His choice of career looks to be a sticking point; it seems to point out all of Falon's insecurities and leave her feeling like just one of millions in a crowd - just like when she was a kid.
I absolutely adored reading this book. As always Bladon didn't let me down; she never does. Her books sometimes make me cry. They sometimes make me laugh. Others have made me smile whilst others have made me frown. But whatever emotional roller coaster Bladon takes her readers on, it's guaranteed to be intense with lust, at times raw with emotion, and always moving in it's ability to catch the reader's heart. There's never any guarantees in life; happy ever afters are hard to find, but that can't be said in Deborah Bladon's world. Her characters always seem to find love and their happily ever after.
I give this book five out of five stars.