Reviewed by Tori
Christina Bell remembers a time when her family was happy and whole but that was taken from her the night her mother, Nicole, disappeared and never returned. Christina always refused to believe her father had anything to do with her mother’s disappearance. Relying heavily on her best friend to help her get through the pain, she soon begins to take another look at the man who has always been at her side.
Guy Miller has always loved Christina but after a wild weekend in bed, Christina places them firmly back into the friend zone. Guy refuses to give up but when new information comes to light concerning Nicole and what happened the night she disappeared, Guy may not have a choice.
The third and final novella in Shiloh Walker’s Secrets & Shadows prequel trilogy wraps up the ongoing mystery and brings plenty of heat to the romance of the last sibling, Christina (Tink) Bell. The mother’s body is found and an autopsy shows how exactly how she died. This in turn affects Guy Miller, Tink’s best friend and the man who has l has always loved her.
Long for Me brings to the forefront all the pain, hurt, anger, and sorrow that has permeated the trilogy. Our heroine has suffered the most of all her siblings. The youngest child, she has some learning and behavioral issues that were exacerbated by her mother’s disappearance. Ingrained fear from that traumatic event keeps Christina poised on the edge, unable to move forward with her life beyond the cursory.
Guy is lovely in his all encompassing love for Christina. He has carried a torch for her for so long and even thinking she doesn’t feel the same, he continues to be her rock. His emotions flow from the pages; leaving no doubt of his feelings.
The romance extremely sexy. Christina and Guy’s chemistry smolders hot and heavy as they each struggle to deal with the changes in their lives and their relationship. It’s a strong part of the storyline and complements the evolving conflict. Intense sexual tension only adds to the overall appeal.
Out of all three novella’s this was probably my least favorite. While I’m a fan of friends to lovers trope, I’m not a fan of one party knowing how the other feels but still clings to them, refusing to acknowledge the attraction due to fear. It seems cruel to me. Deal with it or let them go. Christina wouldn’t do either. Being in her head was not comfortable. I found her selfish and needy at times.
Long for Me wraps everything up, leaving no unanswered questions concerning and I enjoyed seeing the siblings finally get the closure they deserved. This prequel trilogy offers a brief but intense preview of this small town and inhabitants. I look forward to the full length novel of this series, Deeper Than Need, which is set to release June 3, 2014.
Overall Rating: C+