series: The Fullerton Family Saga #2
by: Ginger Voight
published January 26th 2014
****This is Book 2 in the series. Blurb may contain spoilers for Book 1.****
In Book 2 of the Fullerton Family Saga, teacher Rachel Dennehy heads back to California to save her favorite little boy from his rapid downward spiral. She feels responsible for Jonathan’s destructive behavior, knowing it was her broken promise that sent him off the rails. She moves in with Alex, a man who had been her nemesis for so long. Thrust together with the shared goal of saving Jonathan, they find more in common than they had realized.
In fact, it is Alex who comes to her rescue when Drew confronts Rachel over her “betrayal.” The chemistry still burns hot between them, but Rachel cannot forgive Drew’s cruel deception. Unfortunately he is unwilling to let her go. Drew Fullerton doesn’t like to lose, especially to his younger brother. So he proceeds with his plan to win her back, using every trick in the book to force her hand, including his son.
Young Jonathan holds fast to his dream of a real family, which tears her in yet another direction. Her heart is torn between the three Fullertons, all of whom need her in very different ways. Someone is going to get hurt, no matter what she does. She struggles to do what is right, even when she finds it puts her at direct odds with what she wants. How far must Rachel go to win back Jonathan’s trust, and protect the men she has grown to love?
*****5-Holy Hott Angst-Stars*****
this review contains spoilers from book#1-Entangled
~I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review~
You and I are drawn to each other because we are meant to be together. That's never going to change. As long as I draw breath, I'll want to be with you.
Before I get started I'm just gonna go ahead and put this out there-despite what we find out about Drew at the end of Enticed (and I may be in the minority here, but I just can't seem to care Lol) I am without a doubt, 100%, lets go for a swim TEAM DREW!! I don't know what it is, but that man just pushes my hott buttons, all of them...at once. Oh and by the way, I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!! okay, okay, SCREAMING FANGIRL meltdown over....for now ;)
but I digress, let's move on to the review now shall we?
“I am the one that got her to come back to California. And I did it without lying to her about why I wanted her here. Score one for honesty.”
“Please,” Drew sneered. “You know the only reason you want her is because I do. You have to wreck this like you wreck everything else, because you're jealous of me and you always have been.”
Entangled picks up right on the heels of Enticed: Rachel has returned to California...with Alex. Jonathan has been in a downward spiral since Rachel's hasty departure three months ago. He fallen in with the wrong crowd, getting into trouble, doing drugs, cussing like a sailor, and doing everything he can to cause problems. Alex & Elise believe Rachel is the only one who can reach him. But there is no way she will be returning to the Fullerton Estate where Drew is, so she agrees to stay with Alex and tutor Jonathan there. She feels responsible for Jonathan's behavior, knowing she devastated him by leaving the way she did and wants to do whatever she can to help him. There's just one problem...Drew.
“That you don't miss him. That you don't wish things could have been different and you were there with him instead of here with me. You know he's going to paint you right back into another corner. He's going to dangle Jonathan in front of you like a carrot on a stick to make you do what he wants you to do. Tell me that you're over him...that it won't matter what he says or what he does.”
“Would if I could. But I'm not wired that way. Whatever you think of me, then or now, I really did fall in love with him.”
Drew views her staying with Alex as the ultimate betrayal and will use whatever is at his disposal to punish her and persuade her to come back to him. He makes no secret of the fact that he wants things to go back to the way they were with her in his house, in his bed, with his ring on her finger, taking care of Jonathan. He comes after her with his powerful seductive charms in full force and no matter how mad or hurt she is, she can't deny he still affects her.
“You wouldn't know the truth if you tripped over it. Your jealous ranting is wasted when I know you never really wanted me in the first place.”
“You think not?” he asked in a low voice. “Did it only take three months to forget what it felt like to have me inside you?”
I gasped slightly, taken aback by his bold comment.
“I haven't forgotten. I dream about you every night. I still feel you wrapped around me, pulling me in deeper and deeper inside of you until I lost myself in all that you are.”
His eyes glittered. “I've heard you beg me before. Remember?”
To complicate matters even further, spending so much time around Alex is showing her a whole other side to him. Torn between three Fullerton males, how does she decide what is best for her. Drama and angst are in large supply, Jonathan is a friggin trainwreck which just breaks my heart, Max is the cutest little thing, Elise...is no different, Alex is sweet-that can't be denied BUT Drew just takes my breath (and maybe my panties) away. His relentless pursuit is hott as hell and we actually get some tiny little peeks beyond his 'take no prisoners' exterior. I am scared to death of how this is all gonna play out but climbing the walls just the same. The third (and final) installment cannot be released soon enough and I'm friggin STOKED that the wait is not all that long. One month to go, just one little month, I can handle that right?....RIGHT?!
“You're playing with fire, Rachel. I saw your face when Drew walked up. You're not over him yet. Not not by a long shot.”
and just because I realize that my review MAY be colored by my love for Drew,
I will throw in this little Alex teaser for anyone 'Team Alex'
see...I can be fair ;)
series: The Fullerton Family Saga #1
by Ginger Voight
Published January 14th 2014
That her new boss Andrew, or Drew, Fullerton is one of the handsomest and most eligible bachelors in the world means nothing to Rachel. She has absolutely no plans to ever marry or have kids of her own. Her priority is teaching nine-year-old Jonathan, who needs her guidance and her direction and... most importantly... her friendship.
Drew’s brother, Alex, however, assumes otherwise. He basically accuses her of being a gold-digging opportunist upon their first meeting. This sets the two immediately at odds, though they both have young Jonathan’s best interest at heart. Alex believes that Rachel is a “ringer,” a wholesome alternative to edge Jonathan’s socialite mother out of the running for custody, since she left Drew after her own salacious affair with a younger man. He wastes no time in telling Rachel that as long as she stays in her job, she will keep Jonathan from his real mother, and that is the driving force behind Drew's interest.
Unfortunately the more he tries to warn her away from Drew, the closer he ultimately propels her toward her charming boss. Drew never questions her motivation or her presence because Jonathan thrives under her tutelage, and Drew is beguiled by her no-nonsense attitude that challenges him from the start.
Rachel navigates these choppy waters solely to protect Jonathan. She sees the adults in the family as self-serving; most of whom are far more interested in hurting each other than taking care of this fragile, vulnerable boy. Her heart traps her into this sticky web, despite her own history of loss and betrayal. How long will she last? More importantly, what will she be required to give to save these Fullerton men who continually tug her in three different directions?
Ginger Voight is prolific author, freelance writer and optioned screenwriter. Her fiction is diverse, with novels like the edgy, coming-of-age drama DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, and the fun family adventure for kids of all ages, COMIC SQUAD.
Having grown up reading different authors like Danielle Steel and Stephen King, Ginger has always been drawn more to story than to genre. This shows up in her various stories. Titles such as MY IMMORTAL and TASTE OF BLOOD are a delicious, heady mix of horror, suspense, and romance.
Genre romance, however, has held a special place in her heart, ever since she read her first Harlequin novel when she was only eleven. As a result, Ginger is making a name for herself writing romances of her own, starring women who look more like the average American woman rather than those traditionally represented in the size-biased American media. Her Rubenesque romances were created especially for those heroines with fuller figures, who can still get the man of their dreams if only they believe they can.
Such titles include UNDER TEXAS SKIES, LOVE PLUS ONE, THE GROUPIE TRILOGY, THE FIERCE TRILOGY and PICTURE POSTCARDS.
Ginger was included in the best-selling book by Smith Magazine NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING, featuring her six-word memoir.
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