Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks
‘I love the native look,’ by the way,’ Joshua said to me the other day, as we lay across the rocks by the water and he traced my hip bones and pelvis with his fingers. ‘You know, there are hippy communes you could move to after this, if you want to keep that up.’
‘I actually wouldn’t mind,’ I said. ‘You’ve been to these places, too?’
‘One, in New Mexico. I spent three months up just north of Taos, helping this cool lady dig up hippy trash from a collapsed pit house. It was all stuff from the sixties and seventies, you know, lamps and bongs… shoes. You’d find all kinds of stuff for your eBay auctions up there.’
I stared at him in amazement as he fixed me with those eyes. They’re so impossibly beautiful, but it’s not just that and it never has been. It’s the way the world seems so impossibly beautiful when I look at it with him. I’ve lost count of the jobs Joshua’s had. He never stays in one place for long. ‘I lived in a teepee while we worked,’ he continued, ‘on a commune site in Arroyo Hondo. Most of the woman didn’t wear clothes.’
‘I want to go there,’ I told him, curling my legs around him and pulling him down on top of me. ‘I want to live in a teepee and be naked. I want to see all the places you have.’
‘You’ve seen just as many, haven’t you, M-lister?’ he grinned, as I ran my fingers along his stubble.
‘I told you, I’ve seen the insides of hotel suites and buffets and famous people being spoilt. I’ve been spoilt,’ I told him. ‘You know I haven’t lived like you have.’
‘You’re twenty-three, Alyssa. You have time.’
He got that look on his face again then – the one he gets when he’s about to close off; then he licked and kissed his way downwards and took me into his mouth till I literally had to beg him to make love to me for the third time that morning. I don’t know where he goes, my fellow emotional drifter, but every time I ask in private he just kisses all my questions away and there’s nothing else I can do except live in the now.
I’m turning into the kind of girl I hate – lusting over this spear fishing, tree-climbing jungle man I barely know.
Before He Was Gone by Becky Wicks is the second book in the Starstruck Series but I’d say that even though some characters cross over that it can be read as a stand alone.
You’ll remember Alyssa from Before He Was Famous, as she is Chloe’s best friend. We see just a bit of Chloe and Noah in Before He Was Gone, mostly because the bulk of the book is spent on an island with other characters competing for a ton of cash in a Reality TV show. One of the characters that Alyssa encounters is Joshua…sexy man that he is. Ms. Wicks has created an entire cast of memorable characters that are included in the Deserted (Reality TV show) cast. Let’s just mention now that these characters will not be wearing much in the way of clothes.
The attraction between Alyssa and Joshua is something that they fight against for a bit, but the reality is that they can’t stay away from each other. We see this growing relationship, but know that there is a missing piece. Some secret that one of them is hiding and doesn’t want to be revealed. I won’t go into the plot because I want you to enjoy this lazy day, beach read in your own time without any spoilers.
Go ahead and grab this one and meet a musician’s ex-girlfriend, a “spear fishing, tree-climbing jungle man”, learn what G-A-Y-fronts are and see how far someone will go to be named the winner on Deserted. Will it lead to heartache or happily ever after. Read it and find out!
Before He Was Gone (Starstruck Book 2)
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