Review: Black Promise (Obsidian #3) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Black Promise
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 6/6/17
Length:  213 Pages
Series:  Obsidian #3

Overview

I gave up everything for Rome.

The one woman I couldn’t live without.But could I keep my promise and turn my back on everything?Could I really forsake being a Dom?

Or will I pull her into the darkness with me anyway?

My Thoughts

This has been quite the emotional roller coaster between this couple and i don’t know where we’re going to end up, and i have a feeling that we’re going to spin cycle some more with them.

We spent time being insanely happy with this couple, and then suffering through massive depression when things seemed so grim. Then we turn a corner and it seems as though there’s a common ground that we can rest our laurels on, but we quickly learn that perhaps thats not even enough.

Calloway has his needs and if we know anything about people, it’s that you can only compromise so much before you start feeling too much resentment. Feeling as though you have given way more than the other person for what you felt was something that you mutually wanted but realize that you were wrong. Rome makes her needs and desires clear but she’s so unwilling to budge, and with all the secrets that we KNOW she’s hiding, there has to be a reason why. The question though is whether we will ever really find out the motivation and driving forces here.

The path that this installment goes on is one that takes us through the evolution of the relationship that these two share. Watching how their lives start to mesh into one, and then watch how this as a result amplifies how different they are.

There’s also the sub-story (no pun intended there) of Hank – the DA who abused Rome and is stalking her. I honestly don’t know how that one is going to play out. There’s not much that he fears and he’s apparently got access everywhere so i think that he’s still a wild card, even with the protection of Cal.

Add to that story Cal and Jackson’s mom. She’s still in a state where she doesn’t remember things from day to day and it’s painful for everyone to cope. There was one moment where it seemed like they had a breakthrough with Rome, but then nothing. I feel like something will trigger her to remember them but i’m not sure yet what that will be.

Lastly, there’s the slow build of Christopher in this story and how he wants to change how he lives his life now that Rome isn’t with him so much. He’s becoming a mature guy now and we’ll see how that plays out.

Where we end up in this third book is watching our lovebirds really enjoy the chemistry and passion that they have but also at the same time watching Cal’s compromise eat at him and make him into a man that he doesn’t recognize. He has needs and we know that there’s only so much that you can tamp down before it’s too much. We’re at that point and the top is about to blow and i think we can thank Jackson for that. I’m almost afraid to see what happens in book 4 because of this and i can only hope that all the secrets are put out there on the table so that Cal and Rome can find happiness. Enjoy!

Review: Black Diamond (Obsidian #2) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Black Diamond
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 6/6/17
Length:  185 Pages
Series:  Obsidian #2

Overview

I know I’m never going to change.

I was born in the darkness, and that’s exactly where I’ll remain.Rome is sweet, gentle, and vanilla.But I’ll change all of that.I’ll show her who I really am.

And slip that black diamond onto her finger.

My Thoughts

The story continues – lulling us into a false sense of security with this couple, knowing full well that there are so many secrets that each is hiding that it’ll all combust.

Calloway, true to his nature wants nothing more than to be able to take care of Rome. To cherish her and enjoy her and to protect her. She wants that but not in the way that he’s thinking, because he’s got this dark side that he still can’t let her know about. The story here takes us on the journey where we see them go to new lengths in how they feel about each other, and then hit a wall.

Rome still has the same challenges that she faced in the first book. She’s trying to dig herself out of debt, trying to forge her own path and name in the industry and try to stay safe. All while being true to herself and Christopher. when her stalker comes knocking again, and her apartment is broken into, well Calloway has no choice but to make changes for her. Convincing Christopher to move so that she can move with him, and offering her a job that’s leaps better than what she had before.

Their chemistry and intensity don’t fade at all here. We see that they are closer than ever, they have a connection that most dream about, and theyre so hot that it’s combustable. Just when we think that things are going to be amazing, someone learns something they shouldn’t, and Calloway’s secrets are out.

It’s a struggle for these two for the back half of the book, and so much sadness and hurt are the theme for here on out. There’s no compromise that they can make that will put things back together, and there’s honestly no way that they can find their way back to one another without giving up too much in exchange. We’re left off at a point where decisions are made, and they aren’t good ones, and we don’t know what that means for the future. So, that means i have to dive back in now to the third book to see where we’re going. Enjoy!

Review: Black Obsidian (Obsidian #1) by Victoria Quinn

Title: Black Obsidian
Author:  Victoria Quinn
Publisher/Year:  Victoria Quinn 3/7/17
Length:  213 Pages
Series:  Obsidian #1

Overview

I was standing at the bar and waiting for a friend when it happened.

When my life changed forever. 

She strutted inside with her head held high with grace, not pretentiousness. With legs that reached her neck, and an hourglass frame perfect for gripping, she got me hard instantly.  

And those green eyes got the rest of my body hard too.  

Mistaking me for the man who cheated on her friend, she walked up to me, those green eyes burning with fire, and she slapped me so hard my skin bubbled. 

And damn, it felt good. 

She slapped me two more times, using her petite size to gain momentum as her palm crushed into my skin. 

I never wanted it to end.  

I’d never met a woman who made pain feel so good. I’d never met a woman as strong as myself. I’d never met a woman I wanted to dominate more.  

I’d never met a woman like her. 

Rome Moretti. 

My next submissive.

My Thoughts

This is a very dynamic story that we’ve entered into, with so many twists and turns of uncertainty that i think it’s going to be great. We start this story with our mains, Calloway, a Dom and a man who knows exactly what his tastes are and has determined that he’ll never compromise. That is until Rome walks into a bar one night and he can’t think of anything else ….ever.

The journey that we go on with both of these characters is a tough one. They have their haunted and tortured pasts that have made them into the people that they are today, with walls up, a need for control and independence yet still with so much passion to give that even they don’t know it.

Cal is an interesting guy – he’s the premier humanitarian worker in the city, prob further reaching than that, but that’s his public persona. He and his brother also own one of the most elite BDSM clubs in the city and that’s where his tastes edge to the darker side. This however is something that may become a challenge now that he’s obsessed with Rome.

Rome on the other hand is a woman who’s got this innocent quality but she’s also so powerful and can own a room when she walks into it. She’s a mystery sine Cal isn’t able to pull any background information on her, but he’s able to find that she’s also in the same humanitarian category as he is with her own company that’s doing quite well.

When they cross paths in a bar, their lives are changed forever but they don’t both know it yet. It’s not until they cross paths at a charity gala that things really take a turn. The story from here is intense, it’s hot and it’s filled with so many secrets that you want to uncover them all even in between all the chemistry and passion that they share.

Rome makes him wait, Cal gives her control, and all the while, they are keeping major bits of information from each other that will likely impact their future…if there is one. I can’t wait to dive into the next book now! Enjoy

Review: Husband (Betrothed #2) by Penelope Sky

Title: Husband
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Penelope Sky 12/10/19
Length:  188 Pages
Series:  Betrothed #2

Overview

Two years of bitter loneliness have passed. The woman I love is now the woman I hate. I lose myself in beautiful women every night and tell myself that fortune reading was nothing but a scam. 

But then her mother asks me to marry her. 

I say yes. 

Now this woman will be mine forever. 

Maybe the prophecy really is true. I’m committing to a woman that will never love me in return. 

But it was better to be her husband than allow someone else to take my place. It was better to conquer her body every night than be lonely with someone else. 

Much better. 

My Thoughts

well, i love all things that our author Penelope Sky writes so this second installment to the series featuring Hades and Sofia is at the top of my lists for great ways to start of 2020. There was such a connection between these two characters from the moment they met with Sofia was just a teenager, that to see it blossom in book one was amazing. And then it crashed and burned.

So we pick up their story in book 2 where there’s still such hatred between this couple. Sofia feels blindsided by what Hades truly does for work, and the fact that he paraded another woman in front of her was too much. Hades however has such intense feelings for her still, to the point of pain and when Sofia’s mother pushes the idea of marriage at him again, well, he jumps.

The journey that we go on in this second book in an interesting one. there’s the need to build some type of foundation here between the two of them sine Hades wants Sofia on the same page as him, even if it’s almost impossible. She wants to find happiness, but also is 100% opposed to the notion of love. She doesn’t trust easy, but she finds that the fact that he has such respect for her to be something that could go in the direction of strong feelings.

Add to that story Damian, Hades best friend that we met in the beginning of book 1. The same friend who was at the fortune teller in Morocco and who has a huge stake in everything that goes on in their business, which inevitably turns into a quest for too much power and greed, which results on catastrophic events happening from there. There’s a kidnapping, a bit of torture, and Hades is forced to make tough choices about his future.

Then add to that Hades need to figure out a way to prove the fortune teller’s premonition wrong which results in even more struggle and stress. What we do get from this though is the introduction of Ash (a name that i feel like i’ve seen in other Penelope Sky books), Hades’ brother, and a man who i believe will come in handy at some point.

We’re left in this story at a point where there’s been a huge betrayal and now there are consequences to those actions. One person’s choice has led us to the kidnapping of another person and we really don’t know yet how this will all play out.

If that story and plot line wasn’t enough to keep you engaged, we get what’s become to be something that i expect and crave from Ms Sky – the intense connection that she’s able to share and create for our main characters – something that makes you feel the passion and heat even when it doesn’t seem ideal. And to see the potential for romance and something deeper when they don’t believe it themselves.

Luckily i only need to wait until next tuesday to continue on this journey with some of the best characters.

Review: Delight Me (Stark Ever After #6.4) by J Kenner

Title: Delight Me
Author:  J Kenner
Publisher/Year:  Martini & Olive 12/19/19
Length:  40 Pages
Series:  Stark Ever After #6.4

Overview

There’s one special gift Damien wants to give his wife Nikki and their daughters for Christmas… but with a storm approaching and time running out, can he make it home in time for the holidays?

My Thoughts

So i think that the description for this book isn’t the right one, but we’ll leave it at that. What we have here is the sweet novella that links us back to the days before the Brussels conference that we remember Nikki participating in for her tech business. That was around the same time that the Cortez development got green lit, with Jackson at the helm, but if i recall correctly from back in the main series, i don’t know that we knew the link between Jackson and Damien yet.

Regardless, the scenes that we have between Nikki and Damien in this novella are TRUE TO FORM for what we have always come to love and expect from the couple as well as how our amazing author J Kenner writes them. There’s a bond and connection between them that surpasses anything that you could imagine. They don’t need to talk to be in sync, they rely on each other to survive but in a romantic sort of way.

Nikki has nerves over her presentation but wants to prove herself as her own woman, and Damien is a powerhouse in the industry that can give her help if she wants it. She gives him the freedom to make suggestions and together they create something amazing.

Add to that bit of the story, we get the usual romance, chemistry, intense passion that we can’t live without. The way that they come together in every scene is so hot that it requires a cold shower after reading, and it makes you wish that you could have that in the real world too. I think that i’m damaged forever in hoping that i could find my own Damien. Oh well. So, on that note, enjoy this short novella (i’m sure i got some odd looks on the subway this AM while reading it since it’s so steamy in places) and we’ll be back with the next book soon!

Review: Savage Hunger (Savage Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Hunger
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/17/19
Length:  185 Pages
Series:  Savage Trilogy #1

Overview

The first book in a new savagely intense trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Rick Savage, but they call him Savage and for a reason. He can make you laugh and then rip your heart out. No one knows that more than me, Candace Marks, the woman he left bleeding from the heart. I loved him. Lord help me, I’ve never stopped loving him.

Now, I’m engaged to another man, a brutal man I’m trapped into marrying, when to my shock, Savage returns home. Savage who I haven’t heard from in years. I want to hate him. I have ever reason to hate him, but I can’t. I still love him and I fear he will save me just to leave me bleeding one last time. He stirs my desires, a dark, delicious, and dangerous man destined to hurt me and leave me. This time I’m not sure I’ll survive.

My Thoughts

i LOVE Savage – you all probably know that by now from all the endless stories from LRJ that have anyone from Walker involved. He’s mysterious sure, but he’s got this amazing sense of humor that comes out at all times, and he’s loyal to a fault. We saw him get close to someone sort of in a previous series, when he was protecting a girl from a man who everyone thought was dirty CIA, and now we see why he’s so quick to defend and protect.

We pick up this series when the Walker guys are blowing off some steam at a bar, and someone from Savage’s past that he’d rather keep there comes around, cashing in a favor that he feels he’s owed from their shared days in black ops. Mind you, this guy Tag is dirty and everyone knows it. Savage decides that he can’t say no to this debt because 1) it’s a blood oath of sorts that he can’t back away from and 2) he needs to protect Walker from his past and this is the only / best way. So this mission that Tag needs him to go on, sends him straight back to his past in San Antonio, to kill someone, and to dig up all the ghosts from his past in the form of his family and his love.

This is where Candace comes in – the one woman that Savage ever loved and the one woman that could break hm. There are clearly still feelings between them, and feelings that neither can deny, even though Candace feels so betrayed and angry at him for leaving her all those years ago.

The irony of all this is that Savage starts to connect the dots that his mission is tied directly to the man that is engaged to Candace now, the man who also is a dirty ex CIA and politician, and a man who seemingly wants her father dead, and has connections that even the Walkers can’t dig up . And yes, the entire Walker firm is behind Savage on this as they protect their family.

In this first installment of Savage’s series, we see him reunite with his love, a woman that he’s not willing to let go again, and we see him still unclear on the motives of Tag and who he wants Savage to kill. There are so many unknowns and as a result, so many different angles that they need to explore in order to keep everyone safe until they get instructions and clarity.

This of course all comes to a head where we are left off in this book with a car chase and no clear idea of who’s behind the wheel of the other car.

In true fashion of our author Lisa Renee Jones, we get quite a bit of emotions in this story. We have intense chemistry and passion between Savage and Candace, we get deep rooted family hatred between Savage and his father. We have mystery and intrigue with the idea that we don’t know what these guys are walking into and we have anxiety since there’s so much illegal connection making going on that there’s no way that everyone will come out unscathed. I’m bummed that i have to wait until the end of Feb for the 2nd book since i’m completely tapped in, but i guess i’ll have to be patient. Enjoy!

Review: Wish List by Sylvia Day

Title: Wish List
Author:  Sylvia Day
Publisher/Year:  Sylvia Day LLC 12/02/05
Length:  39 Pages

Overview

When Nicholas James draws Stephanie Martin’s name in their law firm’s Secret Santa exchange he knows he’s in for a merry Christmas–if he can figure out what to give the woman he’s wanted for months. When he works late and finds a crumpled piece of paper listing Steph’s personal wish list, he knows he’s in luck. Because all Steph wants for Christmas is him, in a number of naughty ways.

And not-so saintly Nick is going to make every one of her wishes come true.

My Thoughts

It’s been a while since i’ve been in the land of Ms Sylvia Day, and this novella reminded me of what i enjoyed most from her. She’s straight to the point, and packs a punch in a way that makes even a forty page book something that you feel like you’ve been able to sink your teeth into.

This story is so appropriate given the time of year, which i’m guessing is how it came onto my radar. Steph and Nicholas work together at a law firm and we know the kind of personalities that usually run in those places. People who are driven and who often put themselves aside so that they can take care of work and others is the alpha. Both of our leads really fall into that space. But of course, the story is deeper and more complex than even just that.

During Secret Santa, Nicholas is given the chance take action in something that he’s wanted for a long time but thought he’d never have. Steph on the other hand is the recipient of something that she’s not inclined to admit out loud that she wants, so when she gets it, it creates all sorts of problems.

Nicholas, on a silver platter, to serve her fantasies exactly as she’s laid them out. And that’s almost too much to handle.

The story progresses over a matter of a weekend and then several days after where they have no choice but to take action on what’s being offered in front of them, both with the hope that it will scratch an itch that they’re feeling. The challenge though is that this has been building up for so long that there’s really more than meets the eye and that means that someone’s likely to get hurt.

Nicholas pulls out al the stops for Steph, and she doesn’t hesitate to let the fantasy come true, for just a moment. And when that happens, she’s quick to make an exit because she has far too many complications in life that this doesn’t need to be another one. We don’t know much about these complications yet but i think that they are significant to send her running.

When she runs, the trajectory of the story changes and it’s a quick sprint to watch things crumble and send Christmas up in smoke. It’s no surprise and i think that the way that our author writes it shows the reality.

In true form of Ms Sylvia Day, we get to see the intensity and heat shared by this couple, and to watch how quickly they take flight and then crash is on par with the dynamics of other couples that we’ve read in series past. It pulls you in so quickly and makes you not want to let go. I’m not off to find something else to enjoy as a pre-holiday read. Enjoy!

Review: Two Together (Naked Trilogy #3) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Two Together
Author:  Lisa Renee Jone
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 11/19/19
Length:  228 Pages
Series:  The Naked Trilogy #3

Overview

The thrilling conclusion to the Naked Trilogy. He came into my life. He took me off guard, consumed me. Claimed me. But there is more to Jax North than meets the eye. There is more to this man than the way he makes me tremble, sigh, and even smile when I didn’t believe I still could smile. And as it turns out the two of us together are far more than fire and passion. The two of us together threaten to expose a secret about Jax, and our families, that not even we know. A secret that someone doesn’t want exposed. A secret that someone will do anything to hide.

My Thoughts

This story is one that is so full of twists and turns that i’m never quite sure what i’m going to get as this final installment takes us on it’s journey. We’ve left off in a complicated space with Jax and Emma. They were brought together by less than savory motives, but they seem to continue to have forces outside of them trying to tear them apart. They are no closer to finding out what happened to Hunter and who was behind it. They don’t know the motivations behind what Chance and Randall are doing, and we know that there’s going to be massive amounts of loss before this book is done.

We pick things back up during the Harvest, when Echo (the long time caretaker of the castle) has gone missing, without a trace. Emma has received a letter that discloses that Hunter is actually her half brother, meaning that he’s not Jax’s full brother but his half brother as well, so there’s even more complexity in their family back story.

We see Jill and Brody continuing to go after Emma, and we see that Chance wants her back home at all costs. This gives the opportunity of success for romance barely a fighting chance. The good thing is that Jax and Emma are true to themselves and true to each other and are willing to be open minded as they see what’s constantly thrown at them.

There’s darkness in this book. We see struggles with addiction, and what that turns into as a result of festering jealousy and hatred. We see excessive measures being taken in the form of kidnapping and where it leads is a very perplexing place. We’re challenged to understand why, who’s behind it and why the drop off location. Whomever is behind it isn’t who we thought.

The struggle is real here and what comes of it is a story of proving out what family truly is. That it’s not necessarily blood since they are the ones who will let you down, but those who chose to be in your life for the right motivations. Secrets on both sides of the coin are revealed and Chance clearly knows more about things than he let on.

Savage continues to play a great role and that’s something that i really love about all series that include a touch of Walker Security. He’s the man that i’ve wanted to see have his own story and a happy ending for a lONG time and based on what i’ve read in the closing notes by Ms Renee Jones here, i’m going to get my wish next week! book 1 of his series i think comes out on December 17th!

I also love that we got to see more of Grayson and Eric – they were favorites of mine from their own series and i’m glad to see that Grayson seems to be getting more to his story as well. So i’m going to sit tight knowing that while Jax and Emma have their closure, we get to see more of the characters that we love the most. on that note, enjoy!

Review: Enamored (The Accidental Billionaire #3) by J.S. Scott

Title: Enamored  
Author:  J.S. Scott
Publisher/Year:  Montlake Publishing 10/15/19
Length:  251 Pages
Series:  The Accidental Billionaire #3

Overview

Like his brothers and sisters, Seth Sinclair went from blue-collar to billionaire overnight, and he’s decided to invest in what he knows best: construction. There’s only one thing in his way—the endangered birds nesting on a piece of prime beachfront real estate. And fighting for the birds is Riley Montgomery, a stubborn, pain-in-the-ass, drop-dead-gorgeous environmental lawyer. The worst part? Seth will do anything to keep her around—even if it means hiring her to be his fake girlfriend.

With a cause to fight for, Riley agrees to Seth’s scheme. If she keeps the superficial women away from Seth, then he’ll leave the wildlife sanctuary alone. But pretending to be his girlfriend comes with ground rules: No ass grabbing. And absolutely no sex. Ever. The problem? The sexual tension sizzles when they’re together.

Seth isn’t so keen on Riley’s rules, but he’ll keep his word, at least until she decides otherwise. But bringing Riley into his circle has brought her past back to haunt her in ways that neither of them expected. Now it’s less about broken rules and more about broken hearts, and Seth will do whatever it takes to protect the woman he loves.

Overview

I really enjoy this series and the family that we’re following throughout each installment. The story behind the Sinclairs is one that is so complex, and watching how each family member’s own tale unfolds makes it that much more interesting. We’ve seen things work out for Jade, and for Aiden, and now it’s Seth’s turn to see what his path becomes.

Seth is a commercial developer who’s trying to build a resort on a beachfront property that now is apparently the home to an endangered species. This is where Riley comes in – a lawyer who’s personal quest is to ensure that the birds have a place to live forever. Riley has an ally on her side in the form of Jade since she’s always an animal conservationist, and watching the two women double time Seth makes for a great read.

The dynamic between these two characters is different from what we’ve seen in the series so far. They spent more time fighting with each other than is necessary, since Riley has walls that she needs to keep up while Seth wants nothing more than to break them down. We don’t know exactly what’s made Riley into the tough woman that she is, we only get a bit of the story, but we know that it has to be deep and that’s something that Seth’s willing to be patient with.

The journey that these two go on is an interesting one. Seth agrees to let the property go if Riley complies with a need that he has – to not only have an appropriate girlfriend on his hard in looks, but also as a means for him to get to know Riley better and see what’s there. He’s like all other Sinclairs in the sense that when he falls, he falls hard and that’s what happened when he met Riley. On the other hand though, Riley has no desire to be in a relationship, she’s shunned that for a while now and the innuendos that Seth puts on make her uncomfortable.

We go up and down with them during this installment, watching emotions develop but at the same time seeing what jealousy and distrust do as well. It’s hard to see how this can have a positive outcome, but we can only hope for the best. It’s only after a series of events lands someone in the hospital that we’re forced to see the bigger picture in how things should be. That may be apart though , and i think that as a reader we need to come to terms with it.

It’s a roller coaster but a good one! As was the case as well with the prior books, we get a tease as to what the next installment will be like. My guess – Noah. the eldest brother, the one who’s had to take on all the responsibility in the past to raise the kids and keep the family together, and that’s shaped him into a man who’s too serious and stressed and who thinks that there’s no one out there for him because he has no need to look. I can only hope that he finds a woman who will flip his world over and i’m sure that book will be intense. I can’t wait – enjoy!

Review: Tangled Up in Christmas (Texas Heat #2) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Tangled up in Christmas
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Entangled Publishing 10/29/19
Length:  308 Pages
Series:  Texas Heat #2

Overview

I might be a country girl from the same small town of Sweetwater, Texas, as horse wrangler Roarke Frost, the girl next door who knows him like few know him, but I didn’t know enough to save my heart.

He’s the reason why I left Sweetwater behind.

But now fate proves she loves a wicked twist and sends me back to Sweetwater to pull together a Christmas festival—and I run smack into the man again, quite literally. His body is pressed to mine, his hands on my arms, and I’m melting like chocolate in the sizzling Texas sunshine. And I run.

I know it’s not exactly respectable, but it works, just not for long. No matter how much I try to get tangled up in Christmas, I end up tangled up in Roarke instead—and the man has me feeling the heat of our attraction and the warmth of our past friendship. He feels like Mr. Right, but history says he’s Mr. Wrong.

But if he wants a second chance, Roarke Frost is going to have to work for it. He’ll need to prove to me that this holiday is a season of new beginnings, the kind that last forever.

My Thought

Well, we were recently wrapped up in the Sweetwater lovestory that belonged to Jessica and Jason, so it’s only fitting that we get to delve deeper into Roarke – the sexy Horse Wrangler/Whisperer who lives next door, is like a brother to Jason and who provided much needed counsel when Jessica and Jason were imploding.

In this second book of the series, we get to watch how the past that Roarke can’t move on from comes fast and furious into his present, all with the help of a lady named Hannah. the girl that he grew up with, loved and never got over.

The journey in this story is quite different than that of the first book. We see a couple, who were so deeply in love that they didn’t think anything could tear them apart until something did. Then years go by and every time they tried to move on, they kept coming full circle to the memory of what they shared and what’s lost and no one compared.

Hannah, our leading lady was young when she and Rourke finally got together, but she’s grown up, made a name for herself in LA as a fashion photographer, but when her boss gets caught up in the #MeToo movement, her world crumbles and she’s forced to go home to Dallas/Sweetwater.

Roarke has always been the man that we know and love. His skill and ability matched by no one and even through the years, he’s still managed to maintain that and build. He’s pined for Hannah but couldn’t fight for her since what broke them up was tied to such a web of secrets that it would not only end them, but other friendships in town.

Back in present day when Hannah has come home and literally the moment she’s stepped for in the airport she slams into Roarke, we know that their lives are changed yet again. The heat and chemistry that they shared years ago is still there but it’s really a question on whether they can forgive AND forget what happened to make things work. That’s a huge pill to swallow and one that’s not easy.

They continue to cross paths in unexpected places and then when Hannah’s friend (a girl who’s helping her get a new business started) hurts herself, Hannah fills in on a job and is thrown right in between Jason and Roarke, two men that she has no chance with.

The story from here is quite like a dance – seeing who steps where, who avoids whom and what that means for everyone involved. We live under the pretense of a job that has to get done in town to make the community thrive, but at the same time we see this as an opportunity for conversation, for love to be rekindled and for secrets to come out. Although no one wants those secrets to come out. Least of all her parents.

In true form of our author, we have a story that pulls you in with Hope (no pun intended and when you read the end you’ll understand what i mean) breaks your faith in true love, and makes you want to see the best in people, even when it’s impossible.

We spend so much time in this second book wondering if they have a chance, and who’s help is it going to take to make love a reality. Will it be a grandmother, a friend, an animal? no one really knows, and no one knows if there’s even a chance, but everyone in this lovely town won’t give up. So on that note, read this, have faith, know that there’s love and know that when happy endings aren’t possible, there’s always something that can come out of it. Enjoy!