Review & Giveaway: After Hours: A Babysitter Story by Ava Sterling

Title: After Hours: A Babysitter Story
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 7/8/17
Length:   17 Pages

Overview

Brooke loves her job. Where else could she make extra cash while spending her days eating ice cream and talking on the phone?

The only thing missing from her life is a confident, mature man–qualities severely lacking from anyone she’s recently dated.

She’s been house sitting for Mr. Hightower off and on for months and never thought of him as anything more than an employer, despite his toned physique and his bold outlook on life. He’s a baseball coach, used to giving orders and people following them. 

In his living room finishing up a shift, she overhears him giving some of these…instructions. She closes her eyes and fantasizes about them in a much different context. Right there and then, she hatches a plan to make him hers.

My Thoughts

OH how i have become a huge fan of these quick reads because they get right to the point without all the dramatic build up. As you guys saw in the previous story that i read by Ava Sterling, we had a leading lady who wasn’t quite satisfied with her life and relationship status. So that of course leads to trouble when you have a sexy female lead who knows what she wants.

In this story, Brooke is a house sitter – not so much a baby sitter which is possibly the best job ever for a college kid. She also has a boyfriend who she’s had over at the house since there’s nothing better than having an empty house to do what you want. In this case though, her boyfriend only wants to play video games while Brooke is trying to tease him into living out a fantasy. When that doesn’t happen, she notices that Mr Hightower, the man who’s house she’s watching is quite attractive. And takes matters into her own hands.

While you can imagine that this is going to be hot and steamy, you also have to acknowledge that he’s an older and more experienced guy, so there’s a bit of mystery that i’m not going to elaborate on for how things pan out. What i can say though is that our author does a great job of painting the picture in a way that draws you in, and keeps it on the right level of a college girl and her level of experience. So on that note…..

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Review: Rare and Precious Things (The Blackstone Affair #4) by Raine Miller

Title: Rare and Precious Things
Author:  Raine Miller
Publisher/Year:  Atria Books 2/26/14
Length:   263 Pages
Series:  The Blackstone Affair #4

Overview

Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby while facing the challenges of settling into a new home and married life. But when specters from the past resurface, so do their lingering doubts. Fears about those things they struggle to understand about each other, threaten the very foundation of their relationship. 
The story of two souls who both need the other in order to be complete…
A husband and a wife who learn just how rare their love truly is when faced with losing it…
Two lovers who will have to lay bare their darkest fears so that they may find peace… 

“I need you like I need air to breathe. You are my air, Brynne.” -Ethan Blackstone

My Thoughts

Silly me – here i thought that book three was the final one and that this was a trilogy. Whoopsies! What we have instead is a great forth book to this series – seeing how life continues and hoping that things will finally smooth out for this couple. Like that’s really possible.

We’ve left off from the last installment with Ethan and Brynne living somewhat of their happily ever after. Now they are married, they have a baby on the way and life seems like it’s going in the right direction. We know Brynne’s past and she’s trying to cope – especially now that we know her life is no longer in danger. Ethan however still has his nightmares and his ghosts from the past and we’ve yet to truly get to the bottom of it. Are they strong enough of a couple to help each other through the darkness? that’s the biggest question in this forth installment.

Throughout this story, we’re kept in the romantic bubble between these two. Their chemistry continues to be off the chart, but what i would want to be true happiness that brings them together is often a need for pain and a need to hide from pain. They share that – the fact that their past torments them and as a result they cling to each other for survival.

There are several different paths that this next book takes us down. We see at Neil and Elaina’s wedding that the past is now the present with the appearance of Sarah – the wife of a fallen soldier from when Ethan was held captive. That brings so much to the forefront for him, and makes Brynne question her role in life. Sarah makes Brynne uncomfortable and jealous and uncertain, and being pregnant doesn’t help.

Then there’s Lance – he’s reappeared through a trauma of his own and he’s trying to get time with Brynne to iron out the past. There’s so much weighing on Brynne in the sense that she’s wary to listen to him because she doesn’t know his motivations, and she also doesn’t know if it’s healthy for her to let him have a chance.

Add to that yet even more life and death situations, and well we’ve got an exciting finale to this series. Even the best laid plans don’t ensure that we’re going to have a happy ending and when we find ourselves in dire straights again, well, we can only hope that there are angels looking down on this family to be. We can only hope that they’ve built up enough good juju that things will work out on the positive. To learn that – you’ll have to read! Enjoy!

Review & Giveaway: Rodeo Nights by Ava Sterling

Title: Rodeo Nights: A Manage Story
Author:  Ava Sterling
Publisher/Year:  Red Lace Publishing 11/16/18
Length:   20 Pages

Overview

Two cowboys at once? Sounds like a good time to her.

Cora thinks boyfriends are more trouble than they’re worth, blamed on her recent breakup with her college crush. She said she needed space, and immediately after, she packed up her bags to head back home to Oklahoma…at least for a little while.

It turns out to be good timing, as she’s able to catch a rodeo that night. What she couldn’t have predicted was how close she’d become to two cowboys in particular, Luke and Logan, who both look incredibly alike. Friends for years, they both have the same dark hair and dark eyes, among other more…intimate features.

She starts out the night alone, and by the end, she has a hunky cowboy on each arm. The only thing better would be some private time alone so they can show her just how well they can share.

My Thoughts

First off – thank you Ava for getting me access to this book.

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To my readers – i’m new to Ava Sterling’s catalog and she’s got quite a bit which i’m sure you’ll start to get exposed to more and more from my blog now that she’s been discovered.

What we have here is a sweet novella about a girl who’s decided that being safe and doin the right and expected thing isn’t necessarily her path. After dealing with a boyfriend in college who kept playing the yoyo game, she’s decided that summer break will be her time to live her best life. and in this story – it’s at the hands (and mouths etc.) of a few really sexy rodeo guys!

Cora meets her destiny one night at a local rodeo where she quickly makes eye contact with two very sexy men who are competing, Logan and Luke. When the competition is over, her night begins and it quickly turns into an experience that none of them expected. See, typically when i read menage stories, the two guys are accustomed to what it’s like to share a woman but apparently Logan and Luke have never shared before but it seems to come naturally.

It’s hot and sexy and fun to read. I feel like there’s so much more that we could have gotten into with this story if it were longer, but i think this novella serves the purpose for what a lot of readers like myself want. a palate cleanse and something that’s hits the spot and hard…and just right. Enjoy!

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Review: Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair #3) by Raine Miller

Title: Eyes Wide Open
Author:  Raine Miller
Publisher/Year:  Atria Books 8/20/13
Length:   352 Pages
Series:  The Blackstone Affair #3

Overview

Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them.

Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? Still lurking in the shadows is a stalker, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the London Olympic Games. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together?

Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested, and what the heart can accomplish, despite danger and adversity.

My Thoughts

We’ve spent quite a bit of time with these characters over the past two installments that it was about time to see how things would play out for them. We know that Ethan’s on edge even more in this third book because it seems like the person who he’s trying to protect Brynne from is getting closer, and he doesn’t know how that’s even possible. How can you protect the woman you love when you don’t know exactly what you’re protecting them from?

This is a deeper installment than the others i think. Our mains are faced with unexpected challenges that truly test their love for one another. We saw Brynne’s secrets revealed and we know what haunts her and what brought her to London, therefore prompting the need for Ethan to protect her. We knew that Ethan was tormented by something from his time in the military but it takes much of this third book to find out exactly what. He’s not overly excited to share that part of his life with Brynne or anyone but he finds that he has no choice.

Add to that some relationship changing moments that come along and you can imagine that if we had a roller coaster before, we would have an inverted free falling coaster now. There are deaths that are unexpected, deaths that we wished would happen, friendships and bonds strengthening and some interesting moments of chance that come up to keep us engaged.

True to form of what we’ve seen in the previous two books, the scenes between Ethan and Brynne are constantly intense. If they aren’t pushing each other physically and emotionally at all times, they are also pushing each other mentally and that’s something that they both need. The romance and passion that comes from that as well takes us to another higher level and it’s hot and flaming throughout the story. They use each other as a means to escape how they feel inside and they use each other because of the connection that they share.

Some of the supporting characters take on important roles here, Jonathan, Ethan’s father surprisingly comes to save the day at one point. Brynne’s Aunt Marie surprises us in another way. Gaby and Ethan’s cousin Ivan are another duo that have a nice bit to add to the story as are Hannah and Freddy (Ethan’s sister and brother in law). So all in all, much to be read here in this third story and so much brings us a conclusion that we want and at one point truly expect. I hope you guys enjoy this one and pick it up!

Review: All In (The Blackstone Affair #2) by Raine Miller

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Title: All In
Author:  Raine Miller
Publisher/Year:  Atria Books 6/25/13
Length:   227 Pages
Series:  The Blackstone Affair #2

Overview

Ethan Blackstone has a problem on his hands. He’s broken Brynne’s trust and she’s left him. He’s unwilling to live without her and isn’t giving up—he’s dead-set on getting his beautiful American girl back. The passion between them was explosive, but the secrets they hid from each other are dark and chilling and are powerful enough to destroy their shot at a life together. With political threats now directed at Brynne, Ethan is running out of time and will need to gather all his strength and agility to protect her from the dangers that could take her away from him forever. Will Ethan be able to save Brynne from a past that keeps her locked in fear? Will he ever feel the warmth of her touch, the solidity of her trust again? This is a lovestruck man who is willing to do whatever it takes to possess the heart of the woman he loves. He’ll go to any lengths to protect her. He’ll go all in. Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.

My Thoughts

I was really intrigued by where we were left off in the first book that I honestly couldn’t wait to get right back into this second installment. This story is getting more and more complex, as we learn about Brynne’s secret, and how Ethan has to come back from withholding information from her. As the reader, we know that the first few bits of this story will be emotionally taxing, and explosive all at the same time. It’s in stories and scenarios like these where our alpha males are taken down a few notches and fall off their pedestals when they have to atone for not being honest entirely and that’s what Ethan’s forced to do.

Brynne needs to feel safe and secure – that’s one of the biggest things that she’s made into a non negotiable coming out of what she endured as a teen, and that’s what she thought she found with Ethan. It’s nice to see that both she and Ethan quickly come to their senses and figure out how to listen to one another for what they truly need, especially since they both know that there’s something bigger at stake – not just love, while that big in itself, but true need for safety.

This installment has two paths, one that’s in the single minded goal of keeping tabs on Brynne for her safety, while not truly knowing which direction a threat will come, while also watching Ethan and Brynne build their lives together. If we focus on the relationship piece first, we have to acknowledge that it’s uncharted territory for them, figuring out how to be together, blend their lives and be open to the people who come in and out. It’s tough for both to accept certain things and that adds to the entertainment factor that we get with this book.

Then we have to ground ourselves once again in the reason that Ethan is in this story – that he’s protecting Brynne from various directions. we spend much of the story really waiting for something to happen, until it does, and then we’re at a loss for who’s behind it, what it means, what the immediate threat is and what the resolution will be. We’re left on the edge of our seats waiting for clarity and things to be revealed and that means that i must dive right into book three now so i can figure it out. Enjoy!

Cover Reveal: Solo Mission by Ava Sterling

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! As a way to kick things off today, I wanted to share an upcoming release from the one Ava Sterling! Check out below and get excited! I don’t have information for the release date yet but as soon as I do, I will come back and update you both on when you can get it and where you can pick it up! Enjoy!

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There’s only one way to handle an agent who looks that good.

The evening was supposed to be simple: hold an event, have the media over, celebrate a charity, and have a few martinis in the process. These days, that’s as exciting as things get for Pearla, and she prefers it that way.

Years ago, she gave up being an operative for the agency and hasn’t looked back. She created a company using her savings and life has been treating her well. Well enough to start giving back to the community. But on the night she hosts a party for all her colleagues, her past comes back to haunt her. When she enters her office after taking a break from the crowd, she comes face-to-face with a female agent in a rather tight dress.

Minutes later, it’s a fight for Pearla’s business, her livelihood, and her reputation. They are the only things on her mind . . . that is until a new desire overtakes her, one that will suddenly take precedence over everything else.

Pearla might not be getting back to the party for a long time.

If you enjoy steamy stories about lesbian women, tight dresses, spies, and fight scenes, then you’ll love Solo Mission.

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Review: Naked (The Blackstone Affair #1) by Raine Miller

Title: Naked
Author:  Raine Miller
Publisher/Year:  Atria Books 5/14/13
Length:   164 Pages
Series:  The Blackstone Affair #1

Overview

Naked desire. Secret satisfaction. An affair you’ll never forget.

Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she’s getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn’t taking no for an answer.

At first his dominant nature captivates her, but it isn’t clear if the force of his powerful desire will ultimately awaken or dispel the demons Brynne is carrying inside. There are secrets on both sides of this relationship—huge ones. Can Ethan erase the scars of Brynne’s past so that she can reveal her true self to him? Or will the shadows cast by Ethan’s own mysterious former life destroy their chance at happiness?

Naked is the sizzling, unforgettable story of what happens when a strong woman meets the one man powerful enough to strip away all her defenses, leaving her standing naked and perfect before him.

My Thoughts

I feel like i’m often at a loss to find something to read from my favorite authors since i have make my way through their portfolios through the years so it’s time that i open my list to a few new ones.  Thank you Listopia over at Goodreads for giving me some new inspiration.

With this book, i read the reviews first and they were mixed, but i like to form my own opinion.  I think that i’m in the middle of how folks felt and let me tell you why.  The summary in the overview doesn’t quite do the story justice.  There’s so much more to it and i think that perhaps we miss out on the whole set up for things.

Brynne is an art student living in London, but there’s something in her past that she’s run from that we don’t quite understand yet.  She’s from the states, and something terrible happened which caused her both to leave the US and to seek the help of a therapist to cope, and there are teases of what that could be but it’s yet to be spelled out.  When circumstances change in the US and someone powerful gains recognition, we quickly learn that this could put Brynne’s safety at risk and that’s where Ethan comes into the picture.

Ethan, British and powerful, also the owner of his own security firm, and an acquaintance of Brynne’s father, so a quick call to make in the hopes of ensuring her safety.  What happens though is that Ethan’s drawn to her for more than just a job and that spells trouble.

We’re quickly pulled into a romance here with Ethan’s true domination side coming out.  He wants / needs control in everything and that means over Brynne.  Not just because he’s paid to protect her but because he wants her in a way that he can’t understand.  Brynne however has fought for control for so long – she suffered from something six years earlier and control is the only way that she can survive.

So for the rest of this first installment, we see how things grown between them, how they work to find compromise while fighting each other every step of the way.  Ethan puts Neil a bodyguard on her tail and she discovers this before he has time to tell her.  Then there’s the phone conversation with her father where she reveals that she’s dating Ethan, and you can only imagine what ensues afterwards because he’s supposed to be protecting her…..and that’s where we are left at the end of this book.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this author since this is the first writing that i’ve read.  I think there were moments of great depth and intrigue which kept me going, but there were also moments where i just wanted to skim through pages since i was losing interest in the conversation.  The upshot though was that there were some fairly steaming and romantic scenes between our mains, and that’s what tends to carry books in this genre through.  The cliff that we’re left on at the end of the book makes me all that more interested to see what happens, so now i’m off to find book 2 of this series.  Enjoy!

Review: Gentleman Sinner by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Title: Gentleman SInner
Author:  Jodi Ellen Malpas
Publisher/Year:  Grand Central Publishing 2/5/19
Length:   400 Pages

Overview

Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she’s so carefully built-putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she’s been so desperate to avoid.

When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armor, Izzy can’t help thinking she’s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane’s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he’s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away.

As Theo’s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.

My Thoughts

OOOH how i love a stand along story – one that you know you’re going to get the full roller coaster and resolution in one big dose.  Ms Malpas has done it again with this original story.

True to this genre, we have a leading lady who’s strong – very strong, yet who has a past that she’s hiding / running from.  I don’t know what that always seems to be necessary when we are reading erotica/romance but so be it.  Izzy keeps hinting at the fact that there’s a man that’s hunting her, one that we don’t know the history on and what his back story, so we don’t know what it means for her.  When her night takes a turn in the wrong direction, when she’s just trying to do what she was born to do in helping others, she needs saving of her own.  Enter Theo.

Also in true genre form, he’s astounding and powerful.  Tall, Broad, demands authority just by being in a space.  Everything that Izzy is terrified of apparently, but the odd instant connection that they share makes her feel safe for some reason.  This encounter of course is where her life changes, even when she fights it.

Part of what i love about this story is that it’s not an easy road for either to find happiness, and Theo certainly has more issues than anyone bargained for, but the friends that they have around them really make it more entertaining.  Callum, Theos best friend, bodyguard etc is a guy that you just want to get under his skin.  you want to figure out what makes him tick since he’s so good to Izzy and so ‘tolerating’ of her best friend.  Then there’s Jess, the best friend who has Izzy’s back no matter what, and yet also finds Callum entertaining as well ,which makes the dynamic that much better.

Where this story takes us is thankfully not one of trying to understand how to fix each other, but instead to realize and resign each to knowing that both will be broken, but for some reason that just works for them.  Izzy accepts that early on, and doesn’t really question it.  Theo on the other hand has trained himself to be how he is and has this fear that he will always harm Izzy and make her miserable.

It’s sweet of course but it’s passionate which is something that our author writes really well.  She’s got a skill and ability to write these insanely compelling and entrancing scenes that you feel so in the moment with the characters.  It’s intense and powerful, and compliments the personalities of our characters and their dynamic.  There’s enough naughtiness to keep it flowing quickly but the tenderness that you hope for in order to play the long game.

This story was deep in all the right places, giving us more of a thorough look into aspects of their lives and stories where it mattered most, but light and glossy where we needed just enough to keep the story moving at a good clip.  I really enjoyed this and while i’m happy it was a stand alone, i wouldn’t mind another installment that focused on Callum and Jess.  just thinking out loud here!  Enjoy!

Review: Dirty Bastard (Roughneck Billionaires #3) by Jessica Clare

Title: Dirty Bastard
Author:  Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 5/15/18
Length:   224 Pages
Series:  Roughneck Billionaires #3

Overview

Knox Price has always fallen short in comparison to his brothers. Boone is the ambitious one. Clay is the nice one. Gage is the handsome one. And Knox? Well, he’s the cynical one. The odd man out in the ultra-wealthy but rather unique Price family. It’s not that Knox hates people–it’s that humanity always disappoints him. When you become an oil-rich, Texan billionaire overnight, people treat you a certain way. Just once he’d like to meet someone that isn’t dazzled by his wallet.

Then, he meets struggling yoga teacher Lexi Brandon. She’s weird. She’s unpredictable and tends to say strange things. She lurks in the bushes and dresses in all black. She loves when people cross the street to get away from her. Lexi’s definitely not his type, but she’s also the first one to ever truly see him and not just another rich, dirty Price.

And that’s…fascinating. But how do you catch the interest of a woman who goes out of her way to be odd? When an unexpected surprise throws them both for a loop, Knox decides it’s time to get down and dirty, abandon the rules, and be who he truly is–a bastard.

My Thoughts

I love how this third installment dovetails nicely out of the 2nd book – really picking up mid-story so that we see how the scenes intertwine when Lexi and Knox first meet.  when it was mildly amusing in the Nat/Clay’s story – it’s really full on entertaining here.  Who knew that Knox had it in him to be as dark as Lexi?

This story takes us on a slightly different path than the others – where the reasons that the couples weren’t together before were self imposed, it seems like there are other factors here with these two, and that makes you really want to stick with it and see what comes of it.

I love how Jessica Clare writes Lexi’s character and dynamic into the mix.  We know that the Price brothers are a unique sort, but she’s the polar opposite but she’s got her own reasons for it we quickly learn, There’s so much stress in her life – starting from high school that helps paint the picture of who she is, and why she’s so skittish of Knox and his intentions.  ‘Abusive’ ex husband who she married when she was 18, uber strict parents, a stalker where she lives now…..any woman would want to stay away from men and be a bit dark to keep everyone at arms length.

The journey that we go on is really sweet.  Knox plays the game REALLY WELL to find a way into her life and heart and he has the purest intentions too which makes you want to root for him that much more.  He’s protective, creative and a good guy.  Even when he has to deal with the family tragedy of Seth’s death.  Add to that the impending birth of an unplanned baby and well, this story is going nuts.

Where the other couples were more firmly rooted in the sweet romance, the dark nature of this couple means that we’ll get some fairly steamy hot scenes and they are intense.  it’s great to see that our author is able to change up the intensity for the different couples to make them feel so unique.  So…i guess now i have to wait until the next installment comes out since Gage still needs his story to be told and it sounds like there were hints in this story of a woman who entered the picture…..so i’ll be patient and wait for it.   enjoy!

Review: Dirty Scoundrel (Roughneck Billionaires #2) by Jessica Clare

Title: Dirty Scoundrel
Author:  Jessica Clare
Publisher/Year:  Penguin Publishing 11/21/17
Length:   207 Pages
Series:  Roughneck Billionaires #2

Overview

Clay Price has everything he’s ever wanted, except the one thing money can’t buy—Natalie Weston. Years ago, Clay and Natalie were in love…until she turned down his marriage proposal. Now Clay and his brothers are oil-rich billionaires, and they can have whatever they want. And what Clay wants is Natalie in his bed, no matter what it takes. If it means being ruthless, he’ll do it.

Natalie gave up on true love years ago when the realities of the world destroyed her fairy-tale hopes. Giving up Clay is her biggest regret in life, and she’s excited to see him return…until she finds out why. Clay’s got one hell of a proposal for her: he’ll save her father’s business and bail Natalie out of debt if she’ll agree to become his very personal assistant. It’s clear that he wants more from her than just typing.

It’s also clear that Natalie has no choice. This scoundrel’s bet could destroy any hope they had of reconciliation—or it could bring them together once and for all…

My Thoughts

I had forgotten about this series – no idea how, but it’s nice to get back into it.  I remembered quite quickly though all that happened in the first book since these a memorable brothers! We met Boone in the first book and now it’s Clays’ turn.

This is aa really sweet story of how life can really throw you curve balls when you only believe what you are told and you don’t question it.  That’s what happened for Clay and Natalie back when they were seventeen and in love.  She was wealthy and the daughter of a hollywood superstar and he was nothing.  but they worked.  they meshed, until they didn’t.  All at the hands of her father.  We’re brought to the present, 7 years later when we see that maybe life can spin things in an interesting way.

Clay with the help of one of his brothers has a moment of clarity where he realizes that he’s not fulfilled in life and that he let the best thing in his life get away.  He’s not willing to accept that and proposes the unthinkable to get her back.  Of course any self respecting woman would turn him down, except that there is so much more to the story.  Natalie needs his help, even if she doesn’t want it.  And she quickly realizes that she needs him.  even if she doesn’t want to want him.

That’s where our twisted little story takes us.  Back into the the midst of a romance that was perfect years ago but is completely changed now.  The dynamic that they had as teens is very different, their life perspectives are changed, the importance of things reversed.  The question becomes when do you cut your losses?  when do you decide that you can’t have everything that you want and that if you did, it would come at a price that’s far too high to pay.

Similar to the other series that we’ve really enjoyed by Ms Clare, we get these innocent romances.  Like one of the other main duos in another book, we have a pair here that is experienced in life, but not in romance.  They are both virginal (literally) with their feelings for one another the true driving force.  That backfires of course and i think that we come to a decision that no matter how much you try, it’ll never be as you want it.

There’s a part of this story that totally throws me – and while there was a tease mid-way through the book, i was completely surprised and a bit upset.  I’m sure there was a reason for why our author took the story in a specific direction, but i don’t know that i agree.  I guess i’ll have to see how that plays out in the other installments of this series since i’m sure they’ll have intertwining story lines like this one did with Ivy and Boone.  So on that note – enjoy! and i’m off to find the next mountain man!