Katie Hallman is done with douchebags. Done with guys who treat her like crap and leave her broken. But then Stryker Grant is there anyway. With his numerous piercings and bleached hair, he’s the polar opposite of all of her past relationships, which makes him the perfect candidate.
At first, Katie just sees him as a physical escape from her previous rocky relationship, and Stryker doesn’t seem to mind just being a distraction from Katie’s problems. But soon he’s getting under her skin, peeling back layers she’d rather keep covered. She tries to make it clear that she doesn’t want a relationship, but keeps breaking her own rules.
Then a tragedy sends Katie into the only arms who are there to catch her, and she’ll realize that she needs him more than she ever thought possible. But is she ready to let herself trust another guy with her already-battered heart? Or will she push him away to protect herself from getting hurt again?
In Faster We Burn the characters Katie and Stryker meet at a party. Katie's on again off again boyfriend Zack was causing a scene and her friends came to the rescue. Stryker isn't boyfriend material and doesn't have the look Katie usually goes for with his piercings, tattoos, and bleach blonde hair. But they share the same group of friends. Katie goes in for a kiss and Stryker turns it into a "demanding, get-yout-clothes-off kind of kiss". Both are content to have no strings attached sex. Katie refers to it as a physical distraction and wants to keep a secret from their group of friends. She's not interested in sharing her feelings. She just wants to move on from Zack.
After several hot hook-ups, they begin spending time together and chatting on the phone and by text. Stryker tries to convince Katie not to meet with Zack but she doesn't listen and can tell it's a mistake as soon as gets in the truck with Zack. If you read Deeper We Fall you'll remember this part where Zack beats the shit out of Katie and then just dumps her out of the truck in front of her dorm. The stories overlap and we get more of the details now that it's in Katie's POV. As much as Katie wants to keep things with Stryker as a "just sex" relationship, she can't help but depend on him more and more. She's the only one that doesn't see how obvious their feelings for one another are. Katie even joins in with Stryker and his friends for one of their music sessions. We meet a girl named Ric who I hate as much as Zack in this book. She's had her sights on Stryker for years. Prepare your-self for the heat after the music session. Katie and Stryker usually have angry revenge-y sex but this time, it's "just you and me" sex.
Stryker goes home with Katie for Thanksgiving and it ends horribly. Katie's mom turns into the ultimate bitch and basically runs Stryker off. It does lead to Katie having a heart to heart with her Dad which ends up being a huge deal later in the story. But Stryker ends up making a huge mistake. It breaks my heart and I really want to shove a submarine up that skank Ric's hoo-ha. Then things for Katie really go to shitter. Stryker missed his chance to come clean with his secret. He helps Katie through a massive heart break. Stryker has a major case of denial at this point. He doesn't see how in love he is with Katie.
Ric raises her ugly head to start more trouble. Despite her threats to tell Katie about her one night with Stryker, he can't bring himself to tell Katie the truth. Instead Stryker and Katie finally realize that what they feel is love. This was one of my favorite parts. They follow the heart to heart with some oh so hot love making. Now don't judge me but Ric gets what Karma has coming for her. It's probably sad that I wasn't sad about Ric's outcome. I was torn up for Stryker though and the guilt he was feeling. Katie comes through to mend his heart and mind. Then decides she needs a life makeover. I was so distracted by developments with Trish and Katie's makeover that I had completely forgotten about Zack. He seriously needs a good ass kickin.
Katie and Stryker have a rough and not so traditional start to a relationship. It was a roller coater ride to love. I wasn't ready for the story to end. Now the only thing to do is wait for the next story in this series. I would love a book for Trish, Stryker's sister and Will, Lottie's brother.
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