At eleven years old, Macie James was certain she saw her prince standing in her kitchen with his rosy cheeks and cute smile. She was going to marry that boy, she had no doubt about it. As she became a teenager, it was that boy who taught her how to become a confident and sure woman. As the years went by and they grew up, he taught her how to love and to be loved.
Greyden Michaels was surprised when he fell for his best friend’s little sister. He wasn’t opposed to it and, even more surprising, neither was his best friend. When he was in college and her just in high school, he realized they were too young to be committed, he opted for friendship with her and together they decided their love was for the future.
When you hesitate, life happens. When life happens, your plans change. Macie wanted her fairy tale and Greyden was prepared to give it to her when unfortunate events changed his whole life, including his future with the UFC and, most devastatingly, with her. Macie made the decision to live her life, to move on without Greyden, especially once she met the man who wanted to marry her and give her the life he couldn’t.
The problem with that was that Greyden had always seen her as his. Could he give her up completely for her supposed happiness or could he somehow manage to get his life in order to try and win her back, heart and soul?
“I can’t make you mine right now, Macie.” He sounded dejected.
“I know,” she whispered across his lips, this time pressing her mouth against his.
“I don’t trust anybody else with you,” he said as she deepened the kiss a little more, but he wasn’t letting her fully in.
She licked his top lip and a small groan came out against his wishes. “I know, Sugar Plum.” She kissed just his bottom lip; being the only participant in the kiss was becoming challenging.
Greyden laughed. “Noooo.” He gripped her face, stopping her ministrations. She scrunched up her nose at him. “Macie, remember our plans?”
She nodded. How could she forget? They had a future together, just not a present.
He tucked a few strands of hair behind her ear. “I promise to keep my mouth shut if you want to date, if you promise to date guys your own age and to be smart.”
Macie’s shoulders sagged in disappointment. That’s not where she was hoping he was going to go with that. “Grey, I don’t—”
“Butterfly,” he slides a finger to her lips effectively shushing her, “I wish I could be that guy for you right now, but I can’t. I know that others can’t either, but apparently you’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. That’s why I ask that you wait ‘til you’re eighteen for the major stuff. Because, Butterfly…God. Macie James, you’re not the girl guys screw around with. You’re the girl guys marry. You’re the girl I’m going to marry.”
Macie gasped in complete shock at his words. Stunned speechless. What does one say to that anyway?
Thankfully, she didn’t have to think too long. Greyden slid off the truck, coming in close contact along her body, not letting her back up. He leaned down, his lips hovering over hers momentarily, just barely brushing them before pressing the sweetest kiss to her hyper aware lips. His lips were soft and warm and Macie wanted to pull him even closer than he already was and open up to him, but that’s not the kind of kiss he was giving her. No, he was giving her a kiss of a promise, a promise of a future, of a friendship and of a love that will only bloom with time, that’s what this kiss was. It was kind of heartbreaking on her end. It may be what he wanted and needed right now, but he just told her he was going to marry her, yet she couldn’t really kiss him, or have him.
I cannot say enough about how much I love this series! The Without Series is such an amazing tale of 3 couples and their journey to find themselves and work toward their own happily ever after and Ms Azevedo does not disappoint in the third book in the series Without Hesitation. If you love angst and heartbreak, this one is for you! I felt the first two books she gave us true love stories that made you fall in love with falling in love but now in Without Hesitation, we get the angst and heartbreak and that falling in love is not always a pretty rosy picture. That even though you may be in love, things just aren’t mean to be. I have always said the first book in the series was one of my favorite but my angst filed heart is leaning to Macie and Greyden and being my favorite! There is just something about having my heart ripped out that I cannot stay away from! The book moves from past to present in both parties POV and is a complete story. This can be read as a standalone but you really should read the others. They are amazing!
Imagine being a young preteen and failing in love with your brother’s best friend. This is exactly what happened to Macie. As long as she can remember, she knew Greyden would be it. From their first kiss at her thirteenth birthday party Macie knew she would never love another like Greyden. But Greyden knew that he had commitments to fulfil and promises to keep, he couldn’t fall for his best friend’s sister. With time, if the time was right, they would have their moment. Yes go by and right when you think yes, this is it…. No… its not! I’m frustrated, I’m pissed, I want them to be happy damn it! Everyone around them is so happy and in love, why can’t they have their moment??? This is my ramblings of a crazy person because this is what this book did to me! Made me crazy! I want them to find each other! I want that moment to be right! They both deserve to be happy with each other. It’s so close I can feel it… then no. The timing is never right for them.
“He was my everything, to everyone around we were friends, but to him and I we were each other’s forever.”-Macie
“I want my Butterfly that floats when she walks, and sings that she doesn’t even know it. I need you call me ridiculous names and throwing tantrums when I don’t give you what you want and most of all I need you back to where you love without hesitation, where you love me without hesitation. “-Greyden
Greyden knows that Macie deserves to be happy… that if he cannot give it to her there will be someone else that can do that. He doesn’t expect her to wait for him until he is ready. Will Macie follow her heart to Greyden or will someone else be there to pick up the pieces? You need to read to find out!
“I’ve had one love my whole life and it didn’t work out for me. When you know who you’re supposed to be with but can be, you only other option is to settle.”-Macie
5 HUGE STARS!
Bailey Hayes has a past that is currently affecting her present. Ten years ago she made a decision that suited her at the time. Now because of that decision she finds herself extremely successful in her chosen career but extremely unhappy in a relationship she thought was her forever.
Bailey met, fell in love with and moved in with Hollister Harrison six short months after meeting him. Hollister's true colors shine through epically when he no longer has his personal space to contain them.
Talon McAllister loves his family, his family's marketing firm that he runs along side his sister and the game of hockey. He plays hard and works even harder but leaves no room for any one woman exclusively. That is until he meets the lovely and ultimately sexy Bailey.
Can Talon convince Bailey that her twisted sense of loyalty and commitment to her boyfriend is absolutely unnecessary and dangerous?
Will Bailey miss out on the greatest love she will ever know due to fear of repeating her past of quick decision making?Or will Talon show Bailey that she can live and love without boundaries?
Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.
Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.
Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?
Being a dreamer her whole life, CJ had big plans as a child to move to New York and live the city life. She wanted to escape the small country town she grew up in and be an independent woman. The dreaming never stopped, changed a little but never stopped. Instead she married a boy from that small country town and decided to somewhat travel together. One day, living in Northern California they decided to pack up and move to Texas, just because. That’s where she resides today doing what she loves the most… mothering her children, loving her Husband and living vicariously
through all of the stories she gets to create and write up daily.