I’m not a fan of main characters with kids from another lover but this book was written so captivatingly that my non-preference became a non-issue. The writing drew my interest in the characters & their romance, especially at the big secret Hero had. The hint after hint of it was told in the midst of their developing romance & their dancing around the issue. Heroine wanted Hero to trust her with it but wanted to respect his clear limits about it. Hero wanted to give his all to her & have it be reciprocated but didn’t want to divulge the dark part of him. His suicide attempt & its repercussions to her life & her family were matters she had to deal with. I could feel her struggle & attempt to balance it all. Heroine was a strong woman who was used to shouldering huge responsibilities without being a false martyr or victim about it. She had a positive outlook on life & dealt with problems head-on. So her strength of character was definitely needed to deal with the tortured darkness of Hero. What’s great about him was that he realized how much he needed her in his life early on. It may have taken him a while to be completely open to her but he did finally get there, thanks to her & his cousin’s reminders of unconditional love & support.
There’s depth to the romance & the psychological issues this book tackles. It made for a real-life feel to the characters & the way the book read. The emotions were there. I could feel it & that’s what makes a book a quality read for me. I wished that the sex scenes were more detailed though. The author did well in drawing us into Hero & heroine’s sexual chemistry. But the sex scenes were barely mentioned & made me feel cut-off from fully experiencing the emotional intimacy that sex displays. It still doesn’t stop me from wanting to read the next book in the series.
*ARC courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
**A more detailed review is on my blog. Click here.
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