Tuesday, July 18, 2017

VIRTUAL TOUR: Lucky Charmed by Sharla Lovelace



Synopsis:

Carmen Frost hates honey. And bees. And in her hometown of Charmed, Texas, which practically invented the stuff, that’s a problem. The good news is that the summer Honey Festival is finally over. Even better, so is the annual Lucky Hart carnival, a road show that made off with her dreams years ago—including the boy she loved. Now she’s got a divorce behind her, and a successful law career in front of her, but in a tiny town, big memories die hard. Or they don’t die at all—as Carmen discovers when she runs into an all too familiar pair of eyes—older, wiser, and just as heart-melting as ever . . .

Sully Hart has had enough of the nomad lifestyle. Travelling with his father’s carnival gave him adventures, but it cost him much more. Now he’s home to stay, contracted to create an entertainment complex in Charmed. He wants roots, a house with a yard and all the mundane pleasures that go with it. But the girl he loved has become a woman who still wants freedom. Can she still want him? It seems he and Carmen are at each other’s throats one minute—and on each other’s lips the next. Someone’s gotta give . . .

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Sharla Lovelace is the bestselling, award-winning author of sexy small-town love stories. Being a Texas girl through and through, she’s proud to say she lives in Southeast Texas with her retired husband, a tricked-out golf cart, and two crazy dogs. She is the author of five stand-alone novels including the bestselling Don’t Let Go, the exciting Heart Of The Storm series, and the fun and sexy new Charmed in Texas series. For more about Sharla's books, visit her website, and keep up with all her new book releases easily by subscribing to her newsletter. She loves keeping up with her readers, and you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Lucky Charmed, the second Charmed in Texas book by Sharla Lovelace was such a wonderfully adorable and heartfelt romance. This second chance romance was almost perfect and I loved it so much. I had already loved Carmen from the first book and after seeing her have to deal with her annoying ex-husband, Dean, in the first book, I was dying to see her find real love in this book, so her reconnecting with her past love Sully in this book was EVERYTHING. And talking about Sully, he was pretty much the perfect guy in my opinion. I loved him from the moment he showed up and my opinion of him only increased as I continued reading. I especially loved him when we found out why he left Carmen 15 years before. I understand why Carmen was still mad at him and she had a right to be mad because a bunch of people were playing god with her life, but Sully's part in the whole mess just proved to me that he was a good man and that he truly loved Carmen. But while I loved so much about this book, there was one thing that was a bit unsatisfying for me and that was the whole part focused on who Carmen's father might be. It was too much of tease and the whole thing with Carmen having a vision when she and Sully visited Bailey just seemed unnecessary and out of place. Other than that I loved this book to pieces. As of right now it is my favorite Sharla Lovelace book and I can't wait to see what she has in store next for the residents of Charmed in the next book!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

REVIEW: Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde


Synopsis:

The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.

Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.

Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along?

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Lori Wilde is one of those authors who I've always been meaning to read, but kept putting off and now that I have read my first book by her, Million Dollar Cowboy, I am so kicking myself for not picking up one of her books sooner. Million Dollar Cowboy was a wonderful romance novel in every way. First off, the principle characters, Ridge and Kaia were amazing. They weren't perfect characters, but they were interesting and held my attention from start to finish. And their relationship was everything. I loved the way that everything played out between them throughout the book. And I especially loved that these two had history because it made the progression of their relationship so much more satisfying and made their HEA all the more sweeter. Add on all the family drama that occurred throughout this book and this novel was a near perfect romance. I loved this book so much and I so recommend it!

Friday, July 14, 2017

JOINT REVIEW: Bounced, Nailed, AND Drilled by Brill Harper

Synopsis:

Anvil

They call me Anvil.
It's not my real name, but that's what it feels like when my meaty fist comes down on you if you misbehave in the road house where I work.
I've seen some crazy stuff as a bouncer. I thought I'd seen it all.
But I've never seen anything like her. Just one look and I knew my life was never going to be the same.
She's sweet, innocent, and looking for trouble.
She found it.
I'm big and mean and more trouble than she ever imagined. I'm going to mess up all her carefully laid plans. And I'm going to make her mine.

Sarah

I'm a careful girl. Life is too dangerous not to be. I have a plan. Goals. And none of them include an overly-muscled, tattooed, possessive bouncer with an eye patch from the road house just outside of city limits.
I just wanted one night off from being perfect, boring, and careful.
He's too much man for a girl like me. Too intense. Too visceral.
But I don't think he's going to let me go.

Author's Confession: I don't even know if this could happen in real life. Luckily, it's a book. That means the hot, tatted, beardy bouncer can totally take one look at the virgin college student studying actuarial science and know he's going to marry the sh!t out of her. Right?

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Synopsis:

Brody

I’m not the kind of guy you leave alone in your house. I’m especially not the kind you leave alone with your innocent daughter. 

My newest client doesn’t seem to care. He just wants his office remodeled. His college-aged daughter isn’t my usual type, but under those prim clothes and too big glasses, the sweet little bookworm hides a tight little body that’s tempting AF. 
I make her nervous. I should. 
I’m going to make her mine. 
She doesn’t know about men yet… She’s about to learn. 

Megan 

Dad’s carpenter makes me feel things I don’t understand. I don’t have any experience with older guys like him, or any guys really. They look at me and see a quiet nerd. But this bad boy—I feel like he sees right through me. Like he knows the dirty fantasies that haunt my dreams. The things I do under the covers. He makes me needy and breathless. But I’m shy and awkward—what do I have to offer a man like him? 

Author’s Confession: This book is super sweet, unfailingly filthy, and the heroine is nerdilicious. And who doesn’t love a bad boy who’s good with his hands? Very good with his hands. Very, very good.

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Synopsis:

Four years ago, my buddy’s dying words to me were to watch out for his little sister.

I did what he asked from afar, and when she graduated and got a job teaching kindergarten, I asked her to “housesit” for me since I’m hardly ever home when I’m working on the oil rig.

But now I’m injured and have to recuperate at home, and my extra-curvy housesitter is anything but safe from me.

She’s the homebody type. She’ll make some man an excellent wife someday, be a good mother. She likes taking care of people. It would be wrong AF to take her the way I want to, but it would feel so right.

When she comes to me for advice about how to get a boyfriend and how to keep him, I’m done playing her silent guardian.

I’ll teach her everything she needs to know about pleasing a man—me.
She says all she’s ever really wanted to do was be a mama. And now I can’t stop thinking of putting my baby in her belly.

Author’s Confession: This story is trope soup and I loved every minute of writing it. Don’t believe me? Older man/ younger woman. First time. Roommates. Older brother’s best friend. BBW heroine. Alpha real man hero. Guardian/Ward. Breeding romance. Insta-lust. Heck, if I’d have given one of them amnesia, we’d have a serious drinking game!

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MY REVIEW

BOUNCED4 out of 5 stars; NAILED5 out of 5 stars; DRILLED5 out of 5 stars

I picked up the books in this series on the recommendation of an author that I love and I'm so happy that I did because these books were wonderful. All three of these books were all types of sexy and naughty and over the top in all the best ways and I couldn't get enough of them. First with Anvil and Sarah in Bounced, I loved the instalove and instalust between those two. Everything happened between those two so quickly and it was perfect. Second with Brody and Megan in Nailed, I loved that their relationship had this illicit feeling to it given that Brody was working for Megan's dad. It made their romance and interactions more intense. Finally with Graden and Rebecca in Drilled, I loved that at it's core that the story was a falling in love with the brother's best friend story. Those are always so much fun and add on the fact that Graden had made a promise to take care of Rebecca when her brother died made their story my favorite of the three. All in all, Bounced, Nailed, and Drilled were some really fun, sexy and over the top the romances. They were completely unrealistic, but they were exactly the type of romance I needed at the moment and I can't wait to read more by Brill Harper in the future.

BLOG TOUR: The Hook Up by Tawna Fenske



Synopsis:

Ellie Sanders is over the fairytale, thank you very much. Content with her booming career as a purveyor of Madame Butterfly pleasure aids, she doesn’t need a man for anything—except maybe marketing tips. And, okay, a few fun nights with something that doesn’t require batteries. 

Love, marriage, and family aren’t in the cards for Tyler Hendrix. Period. The Navy helped Ty put his tumultuous childhood behind him, but when a sexy single mom walks through the First Impressions door looking to take her business to the next level, he feels his carefully constructed “never-get-attached” walls crack.

As Ty and Ellie maneuver through a minefield of wardrobe malfunctions, plumbing mishaps, and the world’s most awkward accidental dirty talk, discovering they have more in common than scorching sexual attraction threatens to crumble Ty’s walls for good…

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When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA-nominated, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with multiple starred reviews and noted, “There’s something wonderfully relaxing about being immersed in a story filled with over-the-top characters in undeniably relatable situations. Heartache and humor go hand in hand.”

Tawna lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband, stepkids, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets. She loves hiking, snowshoeing, standup paddleboarding, and inventing excuses to sip wine on her back porch. She can peel a banana with her toes and loses an average of twenty pairs of eyeglasses per year. To find out more about Tawna and her books, visit www.tawnafenske.com.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

The Hook Up was an excellent romantic comedy read and I loved this book so much! It was everything I was expecting this book to be from the just the blurb and more. First off, I loved the way that these two met. The whole thing with Ty mistaking Ellie for another client and the awkward, but absolutely hilarious conversation that they end up having before the misunderstanding was cleared up completely sucked me into this story. Following the misunderstanding, I really loved the way that the relationship between Ty and Ellie develops from just being work friends to hooking up to finally taking the plunge and attempting a relationship. Everything between them progresses crazy fast, but it really works in this story and I found the love story in this book to be extremely satisfying and I couldn't get enough of it. Add on all of the scenes with Ellie's adorable six-year-old son, Henry, and this book ended up being an absolute win for me. Overall, I enjoyed this book so much. It was a great humorous and heartfelt romance and I really recommend it.

VIRTUAL TOUR: Catching the Cowgirl by Jennie Marts



Synopsis:

California video game designer Adam Clark knows that, in his business, authenticity is the key. So, for their newest Western adventure game, he and his partners decide to try out Cowboy Camp. Only Adam’s friends never arrive, leaving him a bit—okay, a lot—preoccupied, trying to resist the gorgeous cowgirl who owns the ranch.

Single mom Skye Hawkins is too busy trying to keep her family’s dude ranch out of the red to even think about romance. But she’s having trouble avoiding Adam. He’s smart, he’s sweet, he’s funny…and he’s hot! Maybe it’s the mountain air, but she finds herself letting down her guard. And the fireworks are definitely worth it.

The only problem—they live in totally different worlds. Still, Adam is nothing if not resourceful. Sure, he wants to catch the cowgirl. But more importantly, he needs to find a way to keep her.

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About the Author:

Jennie Marts is the USA Today  Best-selling author of award-winning books filled with love, laughter, and always a happily ever after. Readers call her books “laugh out loud” funny and the “perfect mix of romance, humor, and steam.” Fic Central claimed one of her books was “the most fun I’ve had reading in years.”

She is living her own happily ever after in the mountains of Colorado with her husband, two dogs, and a parakeet that loves to tweet to the oldies. She’s addicted to Diet Coke, adores Cheetos, and believes you can’t have too many books, shoes, or friends.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Catching the Cowgirl, the third book in Jennie Marts' Cotton Creek series was a super cute romance and I loved it! The story which focused on the owner of a dude ranch falling in love with a video game designer who is a guest at her ranch while researching for a new game he's developed really worked for me. Adam and Skye were such a mismatched couple, but at the same time they fit together as a couple so perfectly. Their interactions throughout the whole book were everything and I found myself gushing over how adorable they were more than once while reading. And all the other stuff happening in the book with Skye's son and the other guests complimented the love story perfectly and made me love this book a lot. Overall, this book was a super sweet romance. It is exactly what I have come to expect from this author and I really recommend this read.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

REVIEW: The Cowboy's Socialite by Carmen Falcone


Synopsis:

Winning the bet should be easy. Keeping their hands off each other is a lot harder… 

After losing everything, socialite Lola St. James moves to Texas to convert her only possession, Red Oak Ranch, into a luxury bed and breakfast. After all it can't be that hard to trade in a pair of stilettos for cowboy boots. 

Jack Canyon, her estranged husband and co-owner of the ranch, vows to stop her from turning his home into Barbie's country hotel. He knows her promises are meaningless, and he needs the land’s mineral rights to expand his business. He bets everything she won’t last a week as a cowgirl. She agrees—if he’ll turn over his half of the land. No problem. 

Except now they’re forced to live together. New flames reignite until Lola and Jack can’t deny the red hot sexual tension between them. But when old betrayals resurrect, Lola must choose between running away or staying in Jack’s arms… 

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

The Cowboy's Socialite was another A+ read by Carmen Falcone and I'm starting to think that this author is incapable of writing a book that I will not enjoy. I loved this book so much. To the point that it is my favorite book of Carmen's to date. Everything about this book worked for me. I already love the reuniting husband and wife trope and this book just made me love it so much more. It was so well done. And then we must take into account the fact that this book is pairing up a cowboy with a socialite. Stories featuring opposites attract situations like that are always so much fun and have that certain type of drama that is entertaining instead of frustrating and annoying, so it really worked for me. Add on all the drama caused by the bet and the desperation of both characters when it came to them owning the ranch and the sweet romance that developed between these two despite everything made this story an extremely satisfying romance. I, of course, highly recommend this book!

REVIEW: Sinful Attraction by London Hale


Synopsis:

She’s an original sin sort of bad
I never should’ve looked at my police officer neighbor the way I did. We were too mismatched, too different to even hope we could be together. Especially seeing as how he could arrest me at any moment for what I did for a living. But Connor couldn’t help being my knight in shining armor, and one last rescue makes me lose what little control I had. To be with him, I have to give up my job and, very possibly, my home on the island. Even then, I don’t know if he can ever forgive me for the sins I can’t wash away.

He’s one of the good guys
From the moment Lola moved into my apartment building, I’ve wanted her. She’s too sweet and seemingly innocent, but it doesn’t stop me from lusting after her. There’s something about the hours she keeps, though. Something about the life she leads that has warning bells going off in my cop brain. Yet I can’t stay away. Not when she needs my help. Not when she needs me. Even if being with her could cost me my future.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

So while I go to admit that Sinful Attraction wasn't my favorite of the books in this series, it was still a really good novella. After we got to see that small interaction between Connor and Lola at the church in Sinful Temptation, I was dying to know more about these two and what was going on between them and with this book my curiosity about them was sufficiently satisfied. The only thing I will say though and it is why this book was my least fave of the series is that the ending felt really abrupt to me. I understand that this book is a novella, but then again all the other books in this series are novellas as well and this was the only one that felt that abrupt in the end. But other than that I really enjoyed this book. The idea of the escort hooking up with the cop really worked for me. Their relationship felt really illicit, but still their interactions were quite sweet. Overall, this book was another fun installment in this series and I recommend it.

Monday, July 10, 2017

VIRTUAL TOUR: Mister Hockey by Lia Riley



Synopsis:

Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality. . .

Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL’s latest winning team, the Denver Hellions—and the hottest player on the ice—at least according to every magazine. .and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don’t come true, right?

Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated “Super Book Worm” costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she’s more into books than pucks, she’s too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed’s dating policy is simple: Never date a fan.

So what’s a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he’s become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man. . .for her?

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After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Mister Hockey, the first book in Lia Riley's new Hellions Angels series, was an exceptional romance. I really didn't know what to expect from a sports romance from Lia since I'm more used to her small town romances, but she nailed it just like all her other books. This romance truly was amazing. I really connected with Breezy and Jed and their love story was pretty much every fangirl's dream and it made me feel all the things which I loved so much. But as much as I loved the love story in this book, it was was the small little side things that really made this story a win for me such as the interactions with Breezy's family and the way that Jed dealt with his head injury. It rounded out the story and made it even more satisfying and in the end made this romance my top favorite of all of Lia's books.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

VIRTUAL TOUR: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean



Synopsis:

The one woman he will never forget…



Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.



The one man she will never forgive…



After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.



A love that neither can deny…



The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day...

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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.



Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." A graduate of Smith College & Harvard University, Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. This book was an absolutely perfect historical romance! I loved everything about this book especially the fact that this book focused on a husband and wife reuniting after being apart. Those types of stories are always my favorite kind of second chance romance and this book was the best example of it that I have ever read. The relationship between Mal and Sera was everything! I love all the back and forth between them, but I also loved that the author never made us doubt that they loved each other. Even with all the misunderstandings between them you could tell that these two really loved each other and that is what made everything that was happening between them thanks to their parents' meddling all the more intense and heartbreaking. But as intense and heartbreaking as this book could be, it was also quite humorous and very sweet. All of that combined with some great, compelling characters made this book an amazing read. Needless to say, I really recommend this book!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Luca by Sarah Castille



Synopsis:

Luca is the second book in a full-length, standalone series by New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Castille, set in Las Vegas and featuring deliciously sexy mafia bosses and the women who can’t help but love them.

Luca Rizzoli was nearly destroyed by a brutal betrayal that cost him his family. Now a ruthless crime boss in Las Vegas, he lets nothing touch his frozen heart...until a smoldering encounter with a beautiful stranger ignites his passion. One night isn’t enough for a man who takes what he wants—and Luca will do whatever he can to possess his mysterious temptress...

Police detective Gabrielle Fawkes lives for revenge. She lost everything at the hands of an unforgiving ruler of the Vegas underworld. Now she wants to see him six feet under. But when a near-fatal attack leads her into Luca’s arms, what was meant to be one night of unbridled passion becomes something forbiddingly more. Luca has his own agenda, but when strong, determined, kick-ass detective Gaby sets her sights on her target, Luca feels compelled to stand by her side and protect her at all costs. However, pursuing danger comes at a high price—and both Gaby and Luca must work together in order to eliminate the dark enterprise that threatens them.

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About the Author:

Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Ruin & Revenge Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Club Excelsior series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island. Sarah’s books have been listed as Publisher’s Weekly’s Top Ten Picks and Best Summer Reads, and Amazon’s Best Romance Books of the Year, and have won numerous reader’s choice awards including the Holt Medallion.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Sarah Castille is a new favorite author of mine and Luca is the perfect example as to why. This book was everything. And I really mean EVERYTHING. The characters were all intriguing, the setting was fun, the plot had me on the edge of my seat, and the romance was off the charts hot. I really could not get enough of this book especially Luca. While Gaby was a good heroine, Luca was really the highlight for me. Mostly because throughout the majority of the book I wasn't sure whether to love him or hate him and overall he just made me feel a whirlwind of emotions and that is what really made this book for me. And then, of course, his romance with Gaby was fantastic. I really loved the back and forth between the two throughout the entire book. I also loved how their love story was both intense and really sweet. As for the plot focused on Gaby wanting revenge for her husband's murder, I really loved all the twist and turns that happened throughout her investigation and I really loved the big reveal at the end and how everything was resolved. It was all very satisfying. Overall, I have so much love for this book and highly recommend it.