" the time when your actions are judged as good or bad and you are rewarded or punished "
Arianna 'Ari' Williams thought she experienced the depths of true love until the man of her dreams dismissed her with no explanation. Heartbroken and humiliated, she found herself changing the course of her life and picking up the pieces of her shattered heart. Now four years later, she has a successful career, amazing friends, and a young son with crystal blue eyes that reminds her every day of the love she imagined. Emotionally she has moved on but the wounds never healed.
Reed Matthews has it all. Playing professional football was always his dream. Being one of the most successful wide receivers in the league comes with money, fame, and all the women he wants. Even with all his wishes coming true, he never stops thinking of the one woman that owned his soul four years ago.
A chance encounter brings Reed to the realization that Ari Williams not only hid a life changing secret from him, but also things weren't as they seemed all those years ago. He's determined to get her back and build their lives together.
When the truth behind their deception is revealed- friendships are tested, families are torn apart, and the one person behind it all is relentless.
Can Reed protect those he loves and build the future he dreamed of?
*Due to graphic language and explicit sexual situations, this book is recommended for readers 18+.
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This is a second chance love story featuring a sweet heroine and her loyal friends and family. The hero is also as drool-worthy as one would expect from the author.
There are several things that I loved about this story. The first is that there isn't a whole lot of time spent wallowing in the characters' misery. The emotion is adequately conveyed in glimpses throughout the story when pertinent. When I read, I want to experience the full range of emotions but I don't want to be depressed, so I appreciate books that balance that well. The second is that I truly loved the supportive friends and family. They weren't able to magically fix anything but they were fiercely loyal.
The only things that I struggled with in this book were the promiscuity of the hero prior to their reunion and the sheer volume of crap upended on the heroine by scheming individual(s). On the first item, I have to say that while this upsets me, I prefer it to the unrealistic fairy tale of a wounded celibate male. As for the second item, the scheming is the predominant conflict in the book, so it is what it is. The key is that she is never really forced to deal with any of it entirely on her own.
This is a great standalone book that covers the full spectrum of emotions and includes the steam factor we've come to expect from this author. I look forward to reading more of her work.
*A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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