If I Say No by Brandy Jellum

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If I Say No by Brandy Jellum was a great book.  This is the second book in this series and I did read and review the first one so if you missed that review you can click here and check that one out.  I have to say that I liked this book more than I like the first one and I am not sure why.  One thing about this book that was different for me is the fact that I loved Reid this time and didn’t like Eli at all.  There were things in this book that took me by surprise which is why I think I like this book more than the first one.  If you love mystery/thriller type books than I would for sure tell you check this one out.  If you have read it what did you think of the book?

If I Say No

About The Book

Reid Harder thought his life was seemingly perfect. He had the woman he loved and nothing could go wrong. The only exception comes in the form of his brother—Rhett.

Set on revenge, his brother will stop at nothing to make Reid pay for his past mistakes. Teaming up with the FBI, Reid is determined to put an end to his brother once and for all. But sometimes, fate has other plans in store. His relationship with Liza is falling apart, enemies become friends, and family becomes his worst nightmare. With the future unknown, Reid must figure out a way to make amends with his past if he wants to move forward with his future.

Brandy Jellum

About The Author

Brandy’s passion for writing began long before she actually sat down to write. As a child, she has had an obsession with reading, everything from the classic stories by Jane Austen to YA Fiction by Richelle Mead. Finally, in 2012, she decided to create her own stories for people to fall in love with. Brandy bounces back and forth writing both Romance and Young Adult Fiction (which is mainly just for fun).

At the beginning of 2014, Brandy signed a contract with publishing company Booktrope. She is very excited about the next chapter of her life and cannot wait to share her books and passion with readers.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found chasing after her husband, her four children and her black lab, Diesel. Or curled up on her favorite corner of the couch with her newest book.

 

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Excerpt

“Don’t you get it?” She isn’t softening. “I’m broken – we’re broken. I told you I’m incapable of giving you what you want and you pushed anyway. This wouldn’t be happening if you would have just stayed away. If you would have honored my rejection the first time and just kept being my boss. You brought this upon yourself. You knew I was broken and you insisted on fixing me. Well, guess what? I’ve thought about it, and I don’t want to be fixed. I don’t need to be fixed.”

Her words slam into me and I realize the truth in them. I did push her. That’s all I’ve ever done. What’s happening here isn’t just about my selfishness or my inability to let her in. This has been a seed growing since the very first time I met her. Since the moment I technically blackmailed her into meeting me at Gravity. It was never my intention, but I’ve made such a mess.

“I didn’t want to fix you,” I tell her. “I just wanted to love you. I thought maybe you could love me in return.”

“I am incapable of love. Since that day I found my mother’s body, that piece of me died with her. It didn’t matter how much I hated her or my father. The pain of it lives in me each and every day. I thought I could love you, and I really thought I did. But I was more caught up in the idea of being loved by someone. I know now that I can’t return what you’ve given me.” Her voice weakens. “It isn’t you, Reid; it’s me. I’m the one who is messed up.”

I slam my hand against the desk and push out of my chair. “That’s an excuse, and you know it. When are you going to realize you can let go of the past and move on?” I could ask myself the same question.

“I can’t. I just can’t.”

Before I realize what I’m doing, I walk around the desk, pull her into my arms, and crush my lips against hers. She tries to pull away and fight me off but I hold on tight. I put everything I have into it. Everything I’ve felt since the moment I’ve met her—it’s all in that one kiss. She tries one last time to break free before giving in. Our lips part and our tongues dart back and forth. I pull her even closer to me.

The feel of her in my arms, of her mouth against mine again, makes me instantly hard. I press my body against her, grinding next to her sweet spot, and she releases a moan. I grab the back of her head and a handful of her hair and give it the slightest tug. She moans again, and our breathing becomes ragged. We are panting, breathless, but neither of us are willing to stop. This kiss holds so much emotion.  It’s unlike any kiss we’ve ever shared.

I pull away and nip at her lips. “Tell me you don’t feel it, too.” I kiss her again. “Tell me you aren’t feeling what I’m feeling and I’ll stop. I’ll let you go and comply with whatever plan you have.”

She pulls away. Her eyes are wet and I know she is feeling the same thing I am feeling. “Desire and love are two different things, Reid,” she whispers. “I may desire you, but that doesn’t mean I love you.”

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Margaret Tidwell

I am a 32-year-old blogger. I write about my life and my struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. I also am a huge book worm and I have been doing book reviews for years now. I also blog about adoption, Multiple Sclerosis, and things that go on in my life.

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