Keep Me Still by Caisey Quinn
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18168007-keep-me-still
Layla Flaherty had the perfect life, or close to it. Until a stranger gunned her parents down right in front of her, leaving her with seizure inducing PTSD. After years of trying to pass as normal and failing miserably, she resigns herself to being invisible. But new to town Landen O’Brien sees her, and he likes what he sees. Much to Layla’s surprise, he doesn’t freak out when she has a seizure in front of him. He does the exact opposite, calming her until the tremors subside. But Landen has secrets of his own. Secrets that both bind them together and tear them apart.
Scarred by loss, Layla leaves her hometown of Hope Springs, Georgia, hoping to put her painful past behind her and start over in college in California. When she runs into Landen at freshmen orientation, she has a choice to make. Reinforce those steel walls she's built up around herself or give the only boy who can keep her still a second chance.
Landen’s more than ready to tear down those walls but this time when they come crashing down, they might bury her.
KEEP ME STILL Excerpt
I move the pillow and look at him, overheating instantly at the sight of his mouth and the memory of what he just did with it. I can’t help but wonder how people do these intimate things to each other and then go on with life business as usual. Pass the salt and all that.
“You are the most dangerous kind of beautiful,” he says, brushing my messy hair away from my face.
I can only imagine what a wreck I look like after that, but with the way he smiles at me, he must actually think I am beautiful right now. I lean in and kiss his mouth. I can taste myself on his lips. It’s kind of strange and kind of a turn on. I pull at his lower lip with my teeth and he groans.
His voice is raspy against my mouth. “You even taste like peaches, sweet like I knew you would be.”
“What do you taste like, Landen?” I ask, as my sex voice woman comes back to me. “And more importantly, what’s with all the clothes?”
"He holds me, he keeps me still. Like he always has"
This is such a stunning novel - it covers some very difficult topics, such as abuse, violence, death, PTSD, illness and young love, and it covers them beautifully.
Lets start with Let You Leave as this is where the story truly begins.
Layla is a young girl who is trying her damn hardest to get through her Senior Year unnoticed. Which, for any normal teenage is difficult, but for her, it is almost impossible. Because she is "Freaky Flaherty" - The Orphan. The Orphan who's parents were shot in front of her. The Orphan who suffers from seizures.
Landed is an athletic High School student who travels all over America following his Dad - An Army Colonel with one hell of a temper. He only sticks around to protect his fragile Mom.
None of them are actually living - they are both just Surviving
Then their eyes meet in the school hallway and both of their lives change forever.
This beauriful novella helps us inderstand the story in Keep Me Still, it gives us an intro to our lead characters and sets the scene for their college lives.
Keep Me Still...I honestly don't know how to put into words just how stunning a story this is. It is touching, heart breaking, full of loss and leaves you full of hope.
I don't want to give too much of this story away but what I will tell you is this:
- Layla is a strong young woman going through what can only be described as turmoil
- Landen loves Layla more than he ever thought possible - he would do anything for her
- Layla's Aunt Kate is a bit of a controlling bitch, even if it is meant with the best of intentions
- Corin, Layla's roommate, will make you laugh with her witty one liners and outlook on life
- You will NEVER look at Cherries in the same way EVER again...
Keep Me Still will break your heart - over and over again. Just when you think all hope is lost, something incredible happens and restores your faith in humanity. It will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling and with a huge contented smile on your face!
I absolutely loved it!
Caisey Quinn my Gorgeous Girl...you did it again!
5 Incredible, Extra Cherries on Top, Stars!!
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Caisey Quinn lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult Romance novels featuring country girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at
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