Maybe Don’t Wanna (Simple Man, #2) by Lani Lynn Vale
Peter Parker Penn.
Unlike the superhero his mother named him after, Parker is no good guy.
In fact, if there’s a picture in the dictionary under anti-hero, it’s his.
Parker’s spent his life trying to get back on the right side of the tracks, but each step he takes forward, he takes two more steps back.
To save one, he hurts others. To make this good, he turns that bad.
For appearances’ sake, he plays the part. He does what people expect him to do-mostly.
And at the end of each day, he goes back to his lonely apartment and wishes he was a different person. One who could fix the things he’s broken.
Then Kayla Nash forces her way into his life, and the world as he knows it is irrevocably changed.
Everything he thinks he has right is wrong. And everything he thinks is wrong is oh, so right.
One thing leads to another, and suddenly he’s growing a conscience, and trying to prove to her that he’s as bad as everybody says he is.
Yet she won’t listen.
She’s convinced that she can save him.
Little does she know, Parker isn’t worth saving, and never will be.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Kayla captured my heart in Boomtown, and never really let go. I thought of her often, while reading the other books, the other series, and knew, when LLV started writing the Free Kids’ stories, that this one would tear me apart. And I was right. This book ripped me up and put me back together!
Kayla is a young woman, who just doesn’t know who she is, or who she wants to be. Unlike a lot of girls her age, she is out there searching, for her place, her niche. She hasn’t quite found it yet, but she has found what it isn’t!
Parker is a man with a tragic past. Some of that past is his own fault, but some of that tragedy isn’t. One thing is for sure, its enough that it would pull a lesser man down and not let go. And he knows that its too much for Kayla, and he should stay away from her. He just can’t.
I love how amazing this story is! Two people, whose lives are full of tragedy that most people wouldn’t be able to live through, come together. It’s so beautiful! There were plenty of tears in this story, as well as lots of laughs. As always, family plays a huge part in this story, and there is plenty of action, as well as heat, to keep you hooked! I enjoyed visits with previous characters, from several other LLV series, and catching up with their lives. I have to say it, I think this just might be one of my favorite LLV books so far!