make me stay, and we spend some time with mateo moreno before his father's bust and afterwards. and the woman who is mixed up in all of it, june simpson aka april white.
she was undercover and she shouldn't have let things get as far as they did. she had a job to do. but she fell in love with matt. and her disappearance devastated him. he was so lost and hurt without her that drugs and drinking and basic debauchery became his life. his brother was so determined to build their nightclub back up without his input. and there was nothing left for him. june was gone.
and then he saw her. she looked different, but he knew it was her. in his bones he knew. and when she finally clued him in on what was happening, the betrayal he felt goes beyond words. but then she is injured while off duty, but because of her job. and she remembers nothing, but matt is familiar. at least, he seems to know more about her than anyone else does. because even though she met him while undercover, what she shared with him was real. she was her truest self with him. even trusting him enough to share the truth about her battle with krohn's disease.
a fact that helps save her during her hospital stay. matt is conflicted. he doesn't know april. and yet, he does. he still feels something for her no matter what her name. but is it anger? love? passion? it doesn't matter because it's something. it's better than the numbness and pain he felt after june left his life. and maybe it's worth exploring to see if the good outweighs the bad.
matt and april have so much baggage between them, that it's not a straightforward path to a happy ending. they have anger and resentment and hurt and lies a plenty. but there is also love and connection. and there is something they can build up. they just both have to want it. they have to give each other a reason to want it.
**make me stay will publish on june 27, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/random house publishing group (loveswept) in exchange for my honest review.