In a blistering novel of raw emotion and desire, a tormented woman teaches an alpha male that money can’t fix everything . . . but love can.
Tiffany : After fighting for a new life, I don’t want to play the victim anymore. However, with three kids to raise, I’m getting desperate enough to make a deal with the devil. My estranged brother-in-law, Blake, says he just wants to help, but he’s been trouble since I met him. I don’t know if I can believe this kinder, gentler Blake, and there’s a friction between us that has turned into the sweetest chemistry. He could be my salvation . . . or my downfall.
Blake : I haven’t always had Tiffany’s best interests at heart but I’m ready to make up for my sins. Besides, I can’t help admiring her: The girl’s a genuine survivor, tough and lean, with eyes of steel. But the more I get to know Tiffany, the more I want her. Every inch of her. Which means I’m about to make a bad situation a hell of a lot worse.
Expected publication: February 28th 2017
Tiffany, mother of three, and wife to a bastard of a guy – was one tough cookie. She lived with her kids in a trailer park, abused by her husband and father of her children and doing her best for her and her kids to survive.
Until one September night when Blake Edwards, estranged brother in law, offered her a respite. The pragmatic person that she was, she took it and was able to get her kids out of the trailer park and into a safer apartment. Unfortunately the respite didn’t last long until their life spiraled down again and something had to give. So she did what had to be done and asked for help.
Help didn’t turn out the way she hoped. Instead of her best friend Annie, Blake came to the rescue. Very quickly he realized that maybe Tiffany wasn’t the con artist he thought her to be. When Blake started to get to know her he became more and more intrigued by Tiffany’s touch shell and hard edges.
Blake himself hid behind layers of coldness and compartmentalization. He was emotional stunted and thought everything had a price, and if he could just pay people it would be easier for all of them – nobody would hope for more or get their feelings hurt.
Yeah, that only worked for so long.
Tiffany started to flip his ordered world upside down. She messed up his status quo and had his head spinning in no time. She mad Blake feel again. Everything he put neatly away in his orderly life was being messed up. Blake had to figure out what it was he wanted – more money or a family to love and call his own.
I really enjoyed this book. Especially Tiffany. She was such a tough nut to crack.
I ached for her.
There were scenes that made me want to cry for her. The way she felt like a robot, lifeless, sexless. She didn’t feel desired and sexual release was non-exsistent. I literally hurt for her.
She felt so real and authentic.
Blake was a wonderful hero, a bit cold at times, but when he realized who Tiffany really was there was no going back for him. He gave her space, anything she needed. Blake was willing to compromise as long as he could be part of her life. I loved that about him.
The only thing I thought took away from the overall awesomeness of this book was the rushed ending.
Even so Tiffany had kids, she kept them away from Blake and his family due to not wanting them to get attached and hurt again. Because of that, Blake never really met her kids until the very last 10 %. I would have hoped for more time together, maybe another 50 pages of family time and building relationships etc. – anything that would give the kids more time to adjust to Blake in their life.
ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.