Title: Where I Found You
(Heart’s Compass #1)
Author: Brooke O’Brien
Date: May 8th 2017
Genre: New Adult | Suspense
How do you protect your heart?
Build a wall.
Lock it away.
Let no one in.
Everyone should have a childhood worth remembering. Only I
remember mine for all the wrong reasons. Starting over in a new town is hard
enough. When you are running from your past, it doesn’t get any easier.
I was ready to say goodbye to the burdens I have carried. The
pain I’ve experienced is more than anyone should have to face.
Then I met him…
He takes my breath away. I can’t ignore the way he makes me
feel. I know he has the power to destroy me.
And that’s what scares me the most.
It’s a few minutes after three o’clock when I hear his pick-up
truck pull into my driveway. After doing a quick check in the mirror, I
open the door to greet Callum.
Once again, there are no words to explain how handsome he looks
dressed casually in a black t-shirt, jeans, and his Chucks. Taking a
minute, I let my eyes wander over his body. Admiring the way his hair is
pulled back beneath his backward baseball cap, how the cotton showcases his
incredible chest, and his muscular arms fill out the sleeves as my eyes roam
back up to meet his stare.
His eyes are bright with amusement, appreciating how I just
blatantly checked him out. He doesn’t even try to hide his smile.
“You ready, sweetheart, or do you need a minute for a second
look?” He chuckles.
“I mean, you won’t see me objecting,” I retort, raising my eyebrow
as I flash him a smirk of my own. I can tell by the smile on his face he
is enjoying our banter just as much as I am.
“As much as I’d love to see that delectable look of desire on your
face again, baby, I have plans for you. C’mon!” he says, holding his hand
out, ushering me onto the porch as he takes the keys from my hand.
After he safely locks up the house, he takes my hand again and
leads me out to his truck. Helping me into the passenger seat, he leans
over and secures the seat belt.
After double checking that I’m safely buckled in, he leans back to
meet my eyes again. Searching my face, I wait for him to say whatever
he so clearly wants to say. My eyes trace along his sharp jaw down to his
lips as I peer back up to him, hoping he feels this pull between us and will
finally put me out of my misery.
“There will be plenty of that later. Just you fucking wait,”
he says as if reading my mind, grunting as he steps back down to the ground and
slams the passenger door shut. Letting out a heavy sigh, I follow him as
he walks around to the driver’s side and quickly climbs into his seat.
Leaning over, he turns on the radio as he backs out of the
driveway. It doesn’t take me long to realize we’re heading out of town.
The excitement sets in, wondering where he could be taking me.
“You going to tell me where we’re going or what our plans are when
we get there?” I ask, looking over at him.
For a minute, I think he is ignoring me until he looks over at me.
He smiles smugly, and I know without a doubt it’s his way of telling me,
“not a chance.”
The song changes to a tune that I know so I turn it up and settle
back into the seat with a huff, hearing him chuckle to himself. The
lyrics of the song are about a girl teasing a man by making him want her and it
spurs something inside me.
Turning my head to Callum, I let my eyes roam over the side of his
face, down his chest to the slight bulge in his pants. Seeing how his
body reacts to me has me fighting my own arousal. Making the path back up
to his face, I can see his jaw clench, resisting the urge to look at me, his
eyes focusing hard on the road.
The tension in the cab of the truck has quickly changed. The
air charged with the connection between us strong, it’s pulling us together.
Resting my elbow on the center console, I lean in closer so we are
touching, causing Callum’s arm to tense as I use my index finger of my right
hand to trace along the inside of his forearm.
That sexy fucking arm.
Leaning in closely, I release a slow breath along his jaw until my
mouth is just next to his ear.
“You look so sexy driving this truck, Callum,” I whisper softly as
I run my tongue along the shell of his ear, nipping softly on his ear lobe.
It’s an action so very unlike me, but I can’t hide the way he makes me
Slowly blinking his eyes, I watch for a second as he closes them
just before he forces them open as if forgetting where he was. Smothering
a smile, I remove my arm from around his, leaning back against my seat.
to himself, he quickly moves his right hand down to his lap, working to conceal
his reaction to me, grumbling, “Just you wait, sweetheart, I’ll get you back
for that. Just wait!”
“Where I found You by Brooke O’Brien
was emotionally intense, and heart-achingly beautiful! This book left me
breathless and wanting more. From start to finish you will have tears in your
eyes.” – Julia, The Romance Rebels Book Blog.
“Brooke O’Brien touches all the bases
in her debut novel; romance, angst, laughter, a touch of steam, mystery,
intrigue, and a sweet Happily Ever After.” – Barb, Goodreads Reviewer.
“It’s extraordinary that this is
Brooke’s debut novel because if you hadn’t known right from the beginning I
would have never expected it. She has a pure talent with words and did an
amazing job at developing her characters. Instantly within the first few pages
I was hooked and quickly found myself falling in love with Ellie and Callum’s
story.” – Aurora, Whoo Gives A Hoot Book Blog.
Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series.
Brooke lives in the Midwest with her high school sweetheart and
their three children (both human and furry). Growing up Brooke always had a
love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began
journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving head first into a good book
has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.
Brooke believes that you can cure any bad day with chocolate and
a good book. She enjoys spending time with her family, collecting signed
paperbacks, going to the movies, and watching basketball and football.