Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on January 12th 2017
Genres: Adult, Enemies to Lovers, Forbidden, Romance
After an intense whirlwind romance, Karrie Parker thought she had it all: a sexy husband, a loving family, a great career and a beautiful home. Together they lived a life fit for royalty. But when tragedy strikes, Karrie is devastated and left to face the consequences of her husband's deepest, darkest secrets. Discovering the strength to carry on while making important, life-changing decisions, she finds herself desperate for answers. And holding the key to the puzzle is the one man she loathes immensely. For up and coming motorcycle drag racer Tyler Strong, keeping painful secrets was never part of the plan. Racing motorcycles and winning was all he ever wanted to do. But when his best friend's lies begin to unravel, Tyler is sent into a tailspin when he's forced to come face to face with the one woman he vowed to stay away from. The woman he refuses to speak to, the woman he avoids, the woman he watches...from a distance. As the truth becomes clear, will destiny bring these two unlikely souls together or tear them apart forever?
I love how the beginning starts with a nice little life lesson that more people should really consider. Always, and I do mean always, trust the opinions of your family and close friends. If they don’t think a guy is right or good enough for you, trust them! I know this doesn’t work in every situation but if you have a close relationship with your mother, and she tries to get you to not marry your fiancé, that should be sending off warning bells big time. Trust your family, and trust the guy’s last reputation. Actions always speak louder than words.
“His soul was looking for yours. He’s waiting for you to bring him back or let him go.”
^THIS. Oh be still my beating heart.
I’ll be honest upfront, I was seriously not feeling the heroine at the beginning. She was whiny, she was immature, childish, naive, and was completely grating to me. I’m *extremely* happy to say that after 30%(ish) she starts to get better and more bearable. I never became a member of her fan club, but she wasn’t annoying anymore either.
I have a bit of a problem with Karrie’s hatred towards Tyler, mostly because there’s no basis for it. She hates him because she thinks he’s rude and a bad influence (on her husband who is 15 years older than Tyler) but the level of hatred that she holds for him is beyond ridiculous! She’s suppose to be almost thirty and yet, holds grudges like a teenage girl.
“I guess I should thank you then.”
“Thank me?” he questions humorously. “For what?”
Inhaling quietly, I muster the courage to confess. “For not being the person I thought you were.”
Dragging his eyes upward, he smiles and exhales. “Thank you for being the person I always knew you were.”
One thing that I do need to note too is that I found this to be quite predictable. Except for the twists at the end, I saw them all coming a mile away. It takes away some of the guessing, sure, but I liked thesweetness between the two main characters and that helped to make up for it.
The story definitely picks up for me after the 30% mark. Not only does Karrie grow up and calm down, but we start seeing Tyler and how he interacts with Karrie is just so sweet. At this point, I was desperate to see these two fall in love and see what happened, but I felt a little bit cheated. If you’re not an instalove fan, you’re probably not going to love this book. You don’t get to see the journey of them together, per se, because it just happens so fast.
“Sometimes you don’t see the beauty in something until you step back and look at it from a distance.”
So with all of this being said, I read this book in one sitting and that NEVER happens with me. I’m kind of like a squirrel… Or a cat. Small attention span and I get distracted by shiny objects, so this is definitely a testament to the author and her story telling abilities. Sure, I had some grievances, it’s not my favourite book ever, but it’s still a good read in its own right. Otherwise I would’ve gone to do something else instead of read read read. Seriously! Friday night, I had dinner, put in my pjs and read cover to cover.
The ending was super awesome. And by ending I actually mean the last several chapters or so. I believed their words and actions, I felt their relationship really blossom and like they deserved to be together. I would’ve loved to see their relationship grow in the first place instead of being instalovey, but I was happy with the stage that they ended up at in this process.
“Karrie, with you by my side, I can do anything because I’m… stronger than ever.”
The last twenty percent I was head over heels in love with. I loved the feelings, drama, emotion, all of it! I couldn’t read the pages fast enough and was devouring every word until a major twist at the end. A twist that was fairly brutal and I actually kind of hated it. I can’t figure out a reason as to why this needed to happen. And all together, there’s more like two big twists at the end. The first of the two was fine, I know there needed to be some pivotal moment between the main characters, but it was the explanation that got to me. It just felt like such a cop out solution! The second was the one that I can’t understand the reasoning for. I just don’t feel like it needed to be this specific person/issue and it breaks my heart. I know, I know, the author knows what she’s doing and has a reason for it, but damn it I don’t agree this time! LOL.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.