Title: Watch Me Follow
Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 2, 2018
Creep. Freak. Crazy Eyes.
I’ve heard it all.
Over the years, they’ve slammed me with every demeaning name in the book.
Their taunts warped me like a steady stream of poison.
Anger replaced anxiety as I started believing the cruelty spat my way.
Until she showed up and changed everything.
Lennon Bennett is pure innocence—warm sunshine breaking apart my stormy existence.
She’s everything good and maybe I can be too.
For her. With her. Because of her.
Lennon doesn’t know I’m beckoned closer with each breath. She isn’t aware that I’m completely consumed with her.
It’s become my sole purpose to protect her, by any means necessary.
But if she discovers the depth of my obsession, it will be the end of me.
So, I remain in the shadows.
Waiting. Watching. Wanting.
She’ll be my first.
My last. My only.
Watch Me Follow is a TOTAL standalone.
There is something about Ryker that is utterly endearing. This hulking, sweet, shy, troubled man with a big brain and a bigger heart. But it was his protectiveness that really got to my heart. There is nothing he would put before keeping Lennon safe. The girl who stole his heart with a smile, the girl he saved when they were nothing but teenagers.
And years later he’s still her shadow, keeping her shielded by the ugly of the world, by helping her while staying in the dark. Until she notices him.
Lennon was a character I related to on more than one level and I liked how she also set Ryker straight the few occasions when he stepped over the line. What I loved the most about her though was how she was completely accepting of him. Ryker’s chronic anxiety, caused by his past, makes him one peculiar character, and hardly a conventional hero. Half the time he’s struggling to be what he thinks Lennon deserves to be and not always he succeeds, at least from his point of view.
This book was my favorite by Harloe Rae for a number of reasons. I liked how perfect Ryker and Lennon were for each other. Neither of them quite fits in the world, let’s be honest. She’s naive and innocent and kind, and he’s a loner, and outcast, and so pure. The world is too gritty for them. But together they exist in a universe of their own making. And it’s beautiful.
Also, this one was a slow-burn and let me tell you, you could feel the tension burning between the two. Both of them have zero experience in the intimacy department, which made their first time even more special and endearing.
It was also less angsty than the previous books, even though it had some twists and turns especially at the end. But personally I liked how the author took her time, first introducing the characters, even if they were apart, and then getting them to know each other, do simple things. It was like seeing two people breathe for the first time. Two people realizing they didn’t just want to survive this life, but live it at their fullest. And together they had found someone to share this crazy ride.
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He’s becoming really obvious.
The mystery man is here again, hidden in the shadows and out of clear sight, but I’m catching onto him.
After noticing him standing behind me the other day, the dark stranger has been appearing everywhere lately. I’m pretty sure this guy wants to get caught. Perhaps he’s been hanging nearby a lot longer and I’m just realizing it. My pulse beats wildly, the whooshing pounding in my ears as I continue watching him. This reaction isn’t from fear but rather a startling awareness of his recurring presence. I’m not scared of him, though most might be, and the need to know why snakes through my system.
We’ve been playing an intense game of hide-and-seek since that afternoon outside Aire Gardens almost a week ago. I’ll go somewhere—my studio, Brewed Awakenings, around campus, my apartment—and after settling in, begin searching for him. He’s always there, waiting to be spotted. Each time I find him, my belly tightens as a smile lights up my face. Discovering him out there, lingering in the background, has become something I really look forward to.
How didn’t I notice sooner?
Perhaps it’s my total inexperience with dating, and the opposite sex in general, that has me getting far too attached to these moments. I’m getting wrapped up in the fantasy of him, of what he represents. This stranger—Seek is what I’ve started calling him—is the closest thing to a boyfriend I’ve ever had. I find myself daydreaming about him, wondering who he really is, when did he find me, and most importantly—why me?
I press my palm flat against the cool glass and stare at him leaning against the large oak tree outside the Student Center. My thoughts are becoming more and more consumed with a guy I don’t even know—at least not really. Yet it seems like I do.
Harloe was born and raised in Minnesota. She is married to an amazing man and they have an adorable baby boy. They are what make life worth living for her. Harloe has a day job that she loves and is also passionate about horses, blogging, country living, and having fun.
Harloe has been in love with romance since she was a little girl reading fairy tales. The dream is to find the perfect person that completes your life, right? Novels have a way of bringing fantasy to reality and she’s always up for an unforgettable adventure.
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