Anyone But Him by Cassie Graham
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Whitley Hayes is an ordinary girl with a gypsy heart. College is the only constant in her life. She’s made a lot of mistakes and she intends on keeping them in the past.
Move on and forget.
That’s her motto.
Jennings Cohen is no ordinary man—not at all. He would have never imagined his life would turn into such a spectacle. The tabloids exploit him, fans stalk him and the paparazzi are relentless. It’s not always fun being Jennings.
It doesn’t help that he has a secret. One that comes at a price he’s not sure he can pay.
Relationships get complicated and hearts shatter.
It’s not easy living a lie, but it’s easier than telling the truth.
“I very desperately want to kiss you.”
My mouth forms into a line. “And that’s bad because…?”
He takes a deep intake of air into his lungs and looks at me. I mean—really looks at me. Deep into my being. “Because I’m afraid if do, I won’t be able to stop.”
I elevate my body and collapse onto his chest. “Then, don’t.” If anything is like his previous kisses, I’m in for a passionate road ahead.
His hand reaches behind my head and I watch in slow motion as his beautiful face moves toward mine. The moment our lips touch, all of my other senses go haywire, feeling everything. Pleasure, need, hunger…want. So much want. I want everything he has to offer. In this moment, I don’t care what the future holds. I don’t care if he finds out about my shattered past and hates it. In this instant, I only care about him and the feelings he’s unleashing in and on my body.
His grip on my hair tightens as the kiss deepens. We moan together, feeling the pleasure poring from our bodies. His lips are sweet at first. Restrained and guarded. Almost as if he’s willing himself to slow down. But, I don’t want him controlled. I want him wild. I want him like the rain pours down. Taking no prisoners. The rain doesn’t care who it drenches; it just comes down, down, down. Soaking you. I want him forceful and firm, taking me how he wants. Just like the rain.
The thought of stopping makes me physically ill. This moment, being with him, in his warm, comforting embrace might be the most beautiful moment of my life. It’s heated and perfect. Stopping isn’t an option.
My hands move down his torso, taut and hard. His muscles move and bend under my touch and I feel myself growing wet as every second passes. The swirl of his tongue sends me high and I bite his bottom lip.
“I don’t think I’ve wanted anything or anyone as much as I want you, my Pretty Girl,” he hums in between kissing up and down my neck. “Nothing is as good as being with you. You have me soaring.”
He doesn’t have much time to say anything else before I’m pulling him up by his shirt, lifting it up and over his head. He grabs at my blouse, unbuttoning every button with detailed precision. When he opens my shirt, he simply stares, eyes electric. He puts his hand in between my breasts and just touches—feels.
“Come to bed with me. As much as I want you. Here. Now, I’ve gotta have you in bed. Slowly.”
I nod my head, unable to form any coherent words. It’s almost as if the hand that’s resting on my chest is somehow digging into my body, willing my heart to beat violently. He’s able to control me.
I wonder if I do the same.
I gently move off of his body and stand, watching him swing his legs off the couch. His body lifts and like a peacock, he looks big and alarming. Proud.
Grabbing my hand, he leads me up the stairs, stopping half way to pin me against the wall to thoroughly kiss me.
Hauling me to his room, he opens the door, turns on a small light on his nightstand and the cool air whooshes against my face. The blindingly white down blanket shines bright, but the dark, patterned pillows offset the brightness of the covers.
“Christ, you’re beautiful.”
It is a very refreshing sight when you lay eyes on a novel that manages to come up with a genuine original plot featuring unique characters who actually go about things differently than you would expect. A true glass of cool water that you have been searching for while lost in the land of what has become predictable and dry novels. Cassie Graham you have raised the bar for New Adult Romance Novels!
So the plot!……….We are treated to the Love Story of Whitley and Jennings.
Whitley is a brilliant female lead character who has this deep dark secret that no one knows (trust me it’s a secret worth mentioning!) and begins Anyone But Him in a relationship with Lark. This relationship is going nowhere and she has been trying to end it for a while, she just wants to get through college and dating the campus Golden Boy isn’t working out for her the way she thought it would. Perception isn’t what it is cracked up to be, Lark isn’t who she thought he would be. Meeting Jennings in a chance encounter whilst in a taxi turns her head but not yet her heart. Meeting him again on the beach manages to do that. Breaking up with Lark, meeting Jennings, making friends with Oliver (Lark’s cousin), dating Jennings and dealing with her own darkness are just some of the things that make this plot sensational, emotional, nuts, twisted and will have you shouting, crying, frustrated, happy and a whole mass collection of emotions all thrown into one blender which will then spit you out leaving you raw but strangely satisfied!
Jennings, well he is something else entirely…….Jennings is a movie star at the high of his career and in the limelight so much that even though he loves his job he feels somewhat trapped by it all, especially by his insistent fans. Jumping into a passing taxi in order to escape from some fans he meets Whitley who actually surprises him because she doesn’t instantly recognise who he is and even when she does it doesn’t faze her in the slightest. This is something new for him and she intrigues him. Fighting to stay away but not being able to help it the two become very close, which leads to their eventual relationship. Jennings character is in Anyone But Him by Cassie Graham is simply Yummy. He is smooth but sensitive, loyal and protective, the perfect man……..well almost but I can’t say why! This is one book I could never ruin as it is a brilliant masterpiece of not just Romance but also intrigue, Mystery and so much more all turned in one hell of a novel that is too hard to put down. You will find yourself picking it up at every available opportunity, I did!
Cassie Graham is the author of Unable to Resist. She also hates talking about herself. It makes her nervous and somewhat sweaty. So, she’s going to make this short.
While writing is her true passion, her family is even more important. Her ultimate happy place is sitting in her house with her husband and daughter while writing stories about lovers who are meant to be together. She’d live in that world forever if she could.