Wishing that Jimmy were there to help her out of her turmoil, she finds herself face-to-face again with Zane in Minnesota. His anger towards her is worse than the last time. She doesn't blame him since he has every right to hate her.
But as the days go by, surprisingly, his attitude starts to change towards her. She discovers the only comfort to her pain comes from him, creating a connection so deep it frightens her. The way her body yearns for his is so wrong, yet feels so right. She can't seem to resist him as her heart begins to heal. Only problem is, he'll never step foot in New York. That's her home. If only she can forgive herself and create a new home, specifically with Zane, if he'll have her.
There were plenty of positives about this story, so I’ll start with those before I start nitpicking and complaining (because y’all know I tend to do that from time to time).
First of all, the pacing of the story was very nice. Just fast enough to keep my attention, but not so fast that I felt like I was missing something. Pacing is very important to me, and the author nailed it with this one.
Second of all, I felt like the author’s portrayal of Ava’s depression and guilt after suffering a horrible tragedy felt very authentic. Her actions and reactions seemed right on for someone who’d experienced that kind of loss. (Yes, I’m being intentionally vague about the plot. Sorry. Don’t want to spoil anything.)
I also liked Zane, Austin and Ava. In fact, I liked Austin a little better than Zane. He was a great friend, and honestly, in Romance Land it’s sometimes hard to find secondary characters who are more than just window dressing. Austin served a higher purpose than being sequel bait or prodding the plot along. He was an interesting and well-rounded character all on his own. Loved the way he got all alpha and swept in to help Ava get back on her feet. It was seriously “prince on a white steed riding in to save the princess” time, folks. Very romantic (even though he wasn’t the hero).
That being said, here’s my nitpicky gripes that will surely get me kicked off the author’s Christmas card list:
All that being said, this was a sweet romance from an author who I think has a ton of promise. She’s only going to get better and better from here. And here isn’t a bad place to be at all, because this book is worth a read for fans of the genre. Beyond that, I’ll probably read Austin’s story, too. I can’t really think of a better recommendation than that.
Full disclosure: the author generously offered a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review, but I didn’t take it. I downloaded via Kindle Unlimited.
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