On the rink she’s tough, she’s a leader, she’s fast and she’s the epitome of a rebellious girl. But Nellie’s been hurt, only once, but it was enough to make her look at life through different eyes and off the rink she’s a timid girl who loves with no pretenses.
A long time ago Owen Black was betrayed by the girl he thought he loved and the guy he called his best friend. The anguish set off a domino effect of negativity in his life and he never has fully recovered. He meets Nellie Forrester and thinks he can let it go for her.
But how can you love someone when the wounds from your past are still wide open?
When I first heard about this book I was really jazzed because I haven't heard of anything like a fierce, tough, tattooed chick who does roller derby! Many of the books I have read lately have the guy being all buff and tattooed but nobody has focused on the girl being the bad ass! Enter Lila Felix! She has written a wonderful story about a young woman trying to claw her way out from under her family's expectations by any means necessary. Nellie Forrester is nobody's doormat and she proves herself on and off the rink. Never feeling accepted by her mother she keeps her distance emotionally which spills over into her personal life. Until one day in class she sets eyes on Owen Black. (CUE THE SWOON!)
Owen Black is everything Mama Like! (Mama being me lol) He is sweet, sensitive, buff and tattooed to the hilt! This boy is instantly smitten with Nellie but does what all boys do when he has a chance to talk to her. He makes an ass of himself lol! Poor Owen, he tried to be cool but wound up blowing it. Thankfully though Nellie is just as smitten with him as he is with her. When they finally stop fumbling around and start talking they end up swept into a whirlwind romance they can't deny. It's so sweet watching them become a couple. I loved Nellie so much! She was so real and tough but also vulnerable and soft at heart. She tried not to let things get to her but sometimes when your family is involved you can't help it. These two both have past issues and I felt so bad for them both. Owen was such a great guy. He treated Nellie so sweetly, I mean the bitch rubbed her damn feet! THAT IS LOVE!
Nellie has a mom that makes me want to hurt small kittens! lol not really but her mother drove me nuts. Trust me when I tell you that you are going to want to snap her neck for some of the shit she pulls with Nellie and Owen. I loved how Nellie owned her differences. She didn't give two shits what her family or anyone else thought of her crazy hair, piercings and tattoos, she just did her thing with no apologies. Throughout the story Nellie and Owen get closer and she meets his wonderful family. Owens mother became my third favorite character aside from Owen and Nellie. She became like a mother to Nellie and embraced her as family. It warmed my heart that Nellie had a place to feel like she belonged after watching her mother be a bizznatch! Of course as in every story you need a little...
to shake things up and make it interesting or else the story would be like eating a huge jar of Smuckers strawburry jam. So a mystery character busts up into this shit and causes some probs between Nellie and Owen. And you totally don't see it coming because it was disguised pretty damn good if I do say so myself. Well Played Lila! Of course Owen being a guy doesn't help the situation and Nellie starts to rethink their relationship. Are they strong enough to make it through William Shatners scary eyes? Hmm guess you need to read and find out huh? Over all I think this was Lila's best book yet. Hopefully she will keep out doing herself but so far Owen owns my heart!! HE'S MINE YOU VULTURES!
“Tonight is the most beautiful I have ever seen you. And I’ve been blown away by your beauty a couple of times already.”
“Well, I remember the public groping, but I don’t remember the making out. Is that next? When do we get to that part?” He was practically jumping up and down.
“Damn Owen, looks like a shitload of cotton candy just fell into your lap.”
(Below is Hootie's Interview with Nellie)
I'll open the interview by saying I'm sitting here with Nellie Black at Stabs 'n' Jabs Tattoo.
Me: How are you today Nellie?
Nellie: I'm fine Hootie. Thanks for being here.
Me: Before we begin this interview I'd like to congratulate you and Owen on your recent nuptials!
Nellie: Thank you!
Me: SO Nellie can you explain to us why you wanted to conduct this interview inside a tattoo parlor?
Nellie: Honestly, this is the only free time I have. I have the bookstore and I've decided to go back to school. Plus, the derby season starts this weekend, soooo, yeah, swamped.
Me: We find out in L&S that your mom is kind of a bitch for lack of a better word, how have things been since the wedding is there any improvement?
Nellie: What do you consider improvement? She hasn't spoken to me in *counts on her fingers* four months. I consider that an improvement.
Me: that's a damn shame, but it's her loss! Since you mentioned the bookstore, I'm curious about just what kinds of books you enjoy reading?
Nellie: I love Young Adult romance. I love the falling in love part and the tingles. But every now and then I get a hankering for the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Know what I mean?
Me: hahaha Yes I know what you mean, mama gotta have some Vishous! What is the most romantic thing Owen has done for you since you guys got married?
Nellie: He got a new tattoo. It is my name across his chest right over his heart. The guy at the tattoo place was so freakin' hilarious. He pulled Owen aside and whispered 'dude, you don't get a girl's name on you'. I cracked up. So what did Owen do? He requested the guy make the letters even bigger.
Me: awww that is so sweet! I bet you died! UGH! We know you are one bad ass derby girl, but how did you get into this in the first place?
Nellie: I've always loved skating, always. When I was younger we lived right down the street from a skating rink and I would skate all weekend every weekend. And then after my parents got all snobby and snotty, I used it as a way to get away from them. Then as soon as I could join the junior league, I did. Then as soon as I turned 18... I joined the big girls.
Me: wow! At least you had somewhere to go to escape right? LOL! So Nellie do you have a 5 year plan, or are you and Owen just gonna wing it?
Nellie: Ummm, wing it? We're kinda fly by the seat of our pants people.
Me: If you could carry three things with you at all times what would they be?
Nellie: My purse, my wedding ring and my Owen. See what I did there?
Me: What celebrity would hang out with for a day if you could?
Nellie: Are you serious? Johnny Depp, hands down.
Me: Have you ever been seriously injured (i.e Broken a bone) while in a derby match?
Nellie: No, I've been lucky. I've seen some serious broken bones before on other girls though.
Me: Top 3 favorite TV shows you love?
Nellie: Hoarders, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story
Me: Describe something that's happened to you that you can't explain?
Nellie: I still can't explain why Owen loves me. I'm glad he does, but sometimes it feels like a dream.
Me: favorite breakfast food?
Nellie: FRENCH TOAST!! It's not just for breakfast either.
Me: if you and Owen could drop everything right now and go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Nellie: That boy wants to go to Hawaii so badly. He wants to get one of those traditional Polynesian tattoos. He's nuts.
Me: What question should you never ask a woman?
Nellie: I would never ask a woman when she was due. You know how people do that? A girl has a little pudge and all the sudden some guy is asking her when her twins are due. So offensive.
Me: Last question, What does the future hold for you and Owen and will we being seeing more of you two in the future?
Nellie: I can't tell you! Lila would kick my ass. Seriously, have you met her? Not really, she's a sweetheart. But, I will tell you that there is going to be a sequel to Love and Skate, called How It Rolls. But it's not going to be about us. It's going to be about Falcon. And trust me, I got the best brother, but damn that boy is fine. Falcon Black is hawt! We are going to be in the book some, but how much? I have no idea.
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