Riviera Benson’s past has been nothing but horrific. It’s filled with secrets that she intends to keep tightly locked away...terrifying secrets that keep her awake at night...that prevent her from getting close to anyone...anyone that is, until her work as a muralist drives her into the arms of the hot and sexy Shan.
Benjamin Shandon, owner of Shandon Homes, works like a thousand demons are chasing him...because perhaps they are. His business has boomed, ever since the forest fire swept through the canyon and destroyed hundreds of million dollar homes. He demands excellence in everything...from his employees to his women. He slows down for nothing, keeping a schedule that no sane person would want. But Riviera interrupts everything, twisting his guts inside out, and wedging her way into his heart, destroying a promise he made to himself.
Will they let their pasts control their future, or will they decide to let go and allow their hearts to discover each other’s?
3 stars - Sexy and emotional, it's a good read
This story is an emotional tale of Riviera pulling her life together after a lifetime of abuse. My heart hurts for her. My mama bear claws are out early and often as she deals with the memories of the abuse. I was proud of her. She found ways to stand on her own two feet. She took risks again as she fell for Shan. She struggled to overcome the life she left behind and she tried very hard to put it behind her. I really liked her.
Shan is awesome. He's sexy and hurting from his own demons. His coping mechanism of choice is perfectionism and being a workaholic. Women are not allowed to get close until he meets Riviera. It's fun watching him fall for her and become protective of her. To watch him change from an angry man into this loving man that can't life without her was very nice. I really liked him.
The story read fast and I had most of it figured out ahead of time. I did enjoy watching it unfold. I struggled with the third person writing. I always feel detached from the characters is these types of books. But I did enjoy this one. I read it in two evenings and it was a nice change from some really poor books that I have encountered lately.
If you enjoy New Adult and like the sexy in every possible position and location, then give this one a try.
About the author:
One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).
So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon series (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent and Beginnings); Dark Waltz and Tragically Flawed.
Other than being in love with writing about being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.
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