Kit Ryan, a Marine and local lothario on leave in sunny California, finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend's sister, Jessa - the one girl he can't have.
Kit, on the other hand, isn't about to let a few roadblocks get in his way, and Jessa soon falls for his irresistible charms.
W... hat begins as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first dates quickly transforms into a passionate love affair that turns both of their lives upside down.
Kit and Jessa aren't ready to say goodbye when summer ends and it's time for Kit to redeploy. Kit has discovered someone for whom he would give up everything. Jessa is finally pursuing her dreams, and Kit has discovered someone for whom he would give up everything.
Jessa is ready to wait for Kit in any situation. But when something other than time and distance separates them, they must decide whether what they have is truly worth fighting for.
Does he tell you that you’re all he thinks about? Does he tell you that he lives for you? That he breathes for you? That he dreams of you every damn moment, awake and asleep? Does he tell you any of that?’ He pauses to look at me and I try to keep a blank face. ‘No, I didn’t think so,’ he says quietly.
I think you still love me,’ he says, ‘even though you don’t want to.’ I glare at him, fury battling my instincts. ‘Because that kind of love, Jessa,’ Kit continues, ‘doesn’t just disappear. It doesn’t just fade. I still love you. I’ll always love you. And I think you feel the same way about me. And hell, I know I don’t deserve it. I know all I deserve is your hatred. But if there’s a chance, a single chance that you might still love me, then I’m not going to throw it away. Because I’ve been through hell and you’re the only reason I’m still standing.’ He pauses. ‘So tell me the truth. Do you love him?