Author: Shiloh Walker
Release Date: August 4, 2014
My Rating: 4 Stars
Ten years had passed since the doors slammed shut behind Decker Calhoun, taking away his freedom, but more importantly, locking him away from Elizabeth Waters, the only woman he’d ever loved—the woman he’d given up everything for.
The day he was sentenced, he’d looked at her and said, No regrets, Lizzie. But he lied, because he did have one. Although he’s been out of jail for three years now, he was a year too late. Lizzie never knew how he felt and just months before he was released, she found somebody else and it’s too late.
Or maybe not. It seems that Lizzie’s boyfriend wants an open relationship and two can play at that game. Now all Decker has to do is convince Lizzie that he’s the better man…and has been all along.
You Own Me reminded me how much I ADORE Shiloh Walker's books. Lizzie and Decker are two best friends that are plagued by one moment in time. A moment when Decker reached to the most primal part of himself and jumped to Lizzie's defense. A time that irrevocably changed both of their lives and altered their paths to each other.
In present day, Decker watches as Lizzie see right through his compassion for her. Sure, they're still the best of friends. But he's well and truly been friend-zoned. Until her creep of a boyfriend makes a mistake that will throw Lizzie right into Decker's arms where Decker has always needed her to be. But Lizzie can't forget the events that spiraled her past out of control. She's never believed that Decker wanted her or she would have thrown herself at him long ago. Decker has to make all of the right moves at all the right times to paint a clearer past than Lizzie knows and to create a future with them together.
Decker is your resident hard a*s sweetheart. He'd do anything for Lizzie. Literally, anything. Meaning take down anyone who hurts her, and oppositely be the loving man of her dreams. He is a true dynamic character that I loved reading. Lizzie, well she's a firecracker. Or at least by the end of the she was. She made such a transformation from page one to the end. She found her self-worth, and took what she wanted. The thought to be unrequited love stories always get me, but You Own Me gave a much deeper feeling to the plot than most books. The emotions between Decker and Lizzie offered more. Even though the book was on the short side, it packed more feeling in than some other full length books I've read. This is not to be missed!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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