Release Date: March 13, 2018
From USA Today bestselling author Willow Winters comes a provocative, standalone, contemporary romance.
Some men are born with a black heart and a tainted soul.
I never liked to admit it back then; I thought I could outrun who I am and lie to myself.
But I accept the truth now.
It’s in my blood and in my bones. In every impure thought and desire.
I tried to leave. To do the right thing and walk away from my past.
But then she came back into my life.
Stumbling towards me and looking up at me as if I’m the one she’s been looking for all this time.
As if I could be her savior and take her pain away.
If only she knew.
She turns me into what I hate most about myself.
Selfish, ruthless, possessive.
I tried to be a good man. To be cold and distant and warn her away.
She should have taken the hint and run.
She didn’t…And now she’s mine.
Willow Winters is so happy to be a USA Today, Wall Street Journal and #1 Contemporary Bestselling Romance Author. She likes her action hot and her bad boys hotter. She certainly doesn’t hold back on either one in her writing!
Willow started writing after having her little girl, Evie, December 2015. All during her pregnancy with Evie she continued to read and she only wanted to read romance. She was reading a book a day — sometimes two.
In January 2016 Willow was staying up late with Evie and just thinking of all these stories. They came to her constantly so she finally sat down and just started writing. She always wanted to do it so she figured, why not? Today Willow cannot be happier for making that decision!
First, I want to say I had NO idea this book had (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) sibling sharing. I’ll take cheating over that any day of the week…sigh. That said, I wasn’t bothered by that as much as I usually am. I’m attributing that to this author’s amazing storytelling ability. The writing was fantastic. The pace was perfect. The plot was engaging and had me hooked from the first page. It was a fairly quick read clocking in at just two and half hours. It was also dual POV, which I always prefer in my books. We also jump back and forth in time. Something that I am usually not a huge fan of but the author did a good job of giving us glimpses into the past without out distracting from the present portion of the story. Last, it was wrapped up in a decent HAPPY FOR NOW ending. This book looks to be the kickoff for a series featuring the CROSS brothers so I am sure we will see this couple again in future books.
DANIEL…I liked him quite a lot. He had the whole tortured bada$$ thing down to a science. But he was also sweet and vulnerable. Especially when it came to Addison.
ADDISON…I liked her character just as much as Daniel’s. My heart broke for her many times while reading this one. She was sweet. She was vulnerable. I thought she held her own with Daniel. I was maybe a little iffy on her behavior in the past in regard to Tyler. It was a little hard not to feel like she was a bit of a b!tch for leading him on. But our past often shapes our actions, so I tried to cut her some slack.
There were really no secondary characters of mention in this one. We hear from and see a bit of Daniel’s brothers both in the present and in the past. The last chapter is from Carter (Daniel’s brother) and it sets up his book that is coming up next in May (I believe).
Medium. The sex scenes in this one were suitably hot, and the frequency felt organic to the story.
Medium. This one felt more emotional than angsty to me. There was a lot of sadness, secrets, and shared pain and tragedy between the main couple. As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, this did have (HIGHLIGHT TEXT FOR SPOILER) sibling sharing. Addison dates and sleeps with Tyler (Daniel’s brother) and we see some of that in the past chapters (no sex scenes though). It is also up for debate of whether she cheated on Tyler or not. Nothing physically ever happened between Daniel and her, but she was in love with Daniel back then and still dated and slept with Tyler. Surprisingly none of that bothered me AT ALL. There was also no OW or OM drama and basically no mention of past sex lives.
I pretty much LOVED this one. That surprised me because I think anyone who follows my reviews knows how much I hate that type of story setup. But like I said, this author knows how to weave a tale. And weave an amazing one she did. The writing was great. The characters had depth. The plot was heartbreaking and hopeful. Therefore yours truly is going to give this one two HUGE thumbs up and I will try to wait ever so patiently for the next book in the series.