Review: Flawed (Ethan Frost #4) by Tracy Wolff

no-brainer

Title: Flawed
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher/Year: Ranom House Publishing 1/17/17
Length:   304 Pages
Series:  Ethan Frost #4

Overview

When Tori Reed loses everything, he sets her free.

I told myself I’d never trust Miles Girard, no matter how brilliant or sexy he may be. His sister, Chloe—Ethan Frost’s wife—is my best friend, but I know just how low Miles will stoop to get what he wants. Now he’s the last thing I want: my boss.

Growing up, I had it all—except for the sense that I belonged. And when a mistake from my past surfaces in the press, my parents don’t hesitate to cut me off.

But surprisingly, Miles offers me a helping hand.

Before I know it, our relationship turns unprofessional in the hottest ways. Of course, he still drives me crazy. But when I’m dealt the ultimate blow, Miles is there for me. And maybe he’s the one I’ve been looking for all along.

My Thoughts

It’s been a while since we were in this series, so i had to refresh my memory on the story of Ethan and Chloe a bit to understand how our leads Tori and Miles fit into things.  You’ll recall (or maybe not) from the first books, that chloe meets Ethan on her first days at a new job, and sparks fly from the beginning.  Of course though there have to be dark secrets from the past that come up, and in this case, the fact that Chloe had been raped by a kid in high school and for not sending the kid to trial, her family got paid off and that money was used to start Miles’ career in inventing.

So fast forward to where we are, when we now see that there’s a reconciliation of sorts between Chloe and Miles – she realizes that he didn’t know anything that happened back when their parents started things, and he’s just trying to make amends while also inventing new tech to help improve life in California.

Then there’s Tori, Chloe’s best friend, and a girl who comes from a very wealthy family, but who’s had a bit of a troubled life, wreaking havoc for her parents through drinking, having sex and just being a troubled teen.  She’s been trying to clean up her life over the past year, and right when things seem to be going well, an ex appears and makes her life miserable.  Because she turned him down (he’s an actor so that’s hard for him to take), he releases a sex tape of them, and makes her life miserable.  Her father disowns her, kicks her out of her house with nothing but a few changes of clothes, and that’s where the story really builds.

Tori goes to Chloe’s house in San Diego because she’s got no where else to go, and a standing offer to go there whenever, and when she arrives there, hurt and a bit worse for wear, she sees that she’s not alone in the house.  Enter Miles.  Her nemesis.  The guy who has made her life trouble for years and the guy who tried to take liberties with her the night before at a party.  Mind you, the ‘hate’ and tension between them is nothing but clear sexual chemistry, but it’ll take them time to figure out what to do about that.

Its a sweet story actually, since we all know that the way these things go is that the sibling and best friend get together.  These two have such banter between them that it’s actually quite entertaining to see how it happens.  Miles isn’t what he’s always seemed to be – and that’s the kind of guy that Tori needs even though she won’t admit it.  Once they take the leap, in true form of our author, the scenes between them show us how much heat and passion are between them.

there’s more to the story of course though – while Miles is trying to protect and take care of Tori while she’s got nothing, he’s got this sense that there’s something that the actor is hiding that could help get Tori back on her feet and he sets out to figure that out.  What we learn though is not at all what you’d expect but quite a nice add on to the story.

Then there’s the fact that both Miles and Tori have such strong personalities that you can only expect that they will battle each other at every turn.  There are misunderstandings that drive them apart more often than keep them together and i think that it’s a question of who will need to intervene to make it all work.

All in all a sweet spin-off of sorts to the main Ethan Frost series and i think that you should give it a read.  Enjoy!

Review: Exposed (Ethan Frost #3) by Tracy Wolff

No-Brainer

Title:  Exposed
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher/Year:  Random House Publishing 5/5/15
Length:   306 pages
Series:  Ethan Frost #3

Overview

Will Ethan Frost go too far for the woman he loves?

The moment Chloe Girard walked into my life, she exposed secrets and emotions I always thought were best kept buried.

She wants to move on, to ignore the past. But I can’t do that. Not when she still suffers. And not when the man who hurt her remains unscathed. So when I discover the perfect opportunity to make him pay for what he did to Chloe, I can’t walk away, no matter the consequences.

But there’s a fine line between justice and obsession. As I turn up old crimes and new lies, I know that I’m playing with fire—and risking the very foundations of our relationship.

My love for Chloe is absolute. I just hope it’s enough to save us both.

My Thoughts

The saga continues.  i don’t know what’s more interesting – how this couple can’t seem to catch a break with trusting each other, or the depth and breadth in which things unfold with all of the other characters involved.  We know that Ethan and Chloe have a long road ahead of them to be happy and healthy together, and we know that there’s a trip to vegas in the works to get hitched, but i think that there has to be more complications coming up since we all know that it can’t be that easy.

Of course, the trip to vegas becomes something of a mixed bag of uses for Ethan, as he’s not only able to marry the woman that he loves, but he’s able to get in front of the head of the Italian Mafia in the hopes of cutting off all of his ‘brother’s’ resources and hopefully burying his hopes of a future.  That all happens, but i think that it’s all happening a bit too easily.

Then there’s the issue of how Chloe learns of all that’s going on and how she reacts which is always volatile.  She’s got Tori there to help ground her, but of course her instinct is to run and that she does.  Back home thankfully but still…it’s running.

Now that these 2 are married, we see less of the professional side of things with this couple and more of the outside forces trying to bring everything down.  Ethan’s got his vendetta of sorts to crush everything that Brandon is working towards, and if that weren’t possible enough, his mother gets involved and tries to discredit Chloe and make her look like a gold digger.  and someone who has her own agenda.  Of course we know that Ethan won’t stand for that, and it’s an unfortunate set of events that happens towards the end that puts this next installment on a tailspin.  There’s a death, suspects and curiosity as to who the killer is.

What we also continue to get here is the AMAZING passion and heat that this couple shares and that’s something that our author has been incredibly consistent about.  We know that often times there’s even more passion when there’s contrasting personalities which we have here, but aside from that, there’s aggressive heat and then there’s the romantic side of things which is a nice mix.  I feel like that’s one of the strings that really keeps this story together – aside from the tension that we have with the underlying plot, we have so much sexual heat flowing that you can’t help but to read through it quickly.

On that note – i’m off to find the next installment since i believe there’s a book 4 and i hope that you guys have a great day!