by Olivia Hayes
Genre: Erotic Romance
Released 8th September
Carson Foster has always been a lady's man, sweet talking his way into panties night after night. He was a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy until a raven haired beauty walked into his life, rocks his world, and disappears before morning. After fruitlessly searching for her and reeling from a taste of his own medicine, Carson decides to clean up his act and change his ways.
Sneaking away from her unfaithful and emotionally abusive husband for a night to interview for a new job, Louise Evans meets a sexy, sandy haired stranger, who gives her a glimpse of everything she's been missing. Now, after landing her dream job, divorcing her bastard of a husband, moving to a new city, and unexpectedly becoming a mother, Lou is more determined than ever to get her life on the right path.
When Carson and Lou suddenly come face to face the recognition is immediate and the sparks fly. While they are both willing to forgive each other for their past deceptions, Lou is still hiding a secret so big it threatens to destroy the very foundation of their new relationship. When past and present collide and the truth is revealed, will everything be torn apart or will their love for one another be enough to withstand destruction?
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~this review may contain minor spoilers~
I struggled to make things work for a long, long time, probably longer than I should have. I ended up walking away numb to his indiscretions, completely devoid of emotion as he tried to tear me down, and indifferent to his pleas for me to stay. I was done. Completely and utterly done.
“Are you free for the rest of your life?”
Carson Foster was always the life of the party, the typical playboy always out for a good time and nothing more – til her met her.
The connection was instant, but when he woke to find her gone the next morning it made him re-evaluate the way he was living his life. His search for her came up empty, but he changed his ways immediately. He finally decided to take life seriously and make something of himself, never expecting to ever see her again...
Lou Evans was miserable and desperately trying to find a way out of her abusive marriage when she first laid eyes on the sexy blond man that would change her life in more ways than she ever could have expected. She finally breaks free from her husband, but not completely unscathed. Starting over as a single mother was terrifying, but she couldn't be happier. Then fate throws her a curve-ball...
When their paths cross again Carson is determined to never let her out of his sight again. Lou finally gets a taste of what a real relationship should be like and it is an amazing thing,, full of a love and respect she never thought possible. But she's also keeping something from Carson, a secret so big it could destroy everything.
Lou and Carly had claimed my heart as much as I had claimed theirs. I wanted both of them for the rest of my life and there was nothing that could stop me from getting it.
This book was the follow up to Awakening and while is wasn't necessary to read that first, they both read as standalones, I would still recommend it simply because BOTH BOOKS were friggin awesome!! The time frames actually overlap in here, and we do repeat some of the same scenes – but from completely different perspectives. I was stoked when I realized we were getting Caroline's little brother Carson's story. I loved him in the first book and I was totally intrigued but just what the hell was going on with him and Lou – I was not disappointed. He turned out so much better than I ever could have imagined. Sweet and romantic, caring, protective, supportive, and accepting – he loves fiercely and without question, kind and forgiving with a nasty (in the best possible way) wicked side to him, OH the dirty talked that came out of that man's mouth was fire inducing!! I just loved every damn thing about him. Lou was pretty damn amazing too. Considering all that woman has gone through, she still has an open heart with tons of love to give – especially given the fact that she has every reason in the world to have closed it off. Carly was just cute as button. Liz and Kelly were amazing additions and though I had no reason to really like Charlie, I kinda understood her and would love to read her story at some point in the future. Derek I could choke with no remorse what so ever. And BONUS – we get to catch up with Luke and Caroline and all the characters I fell in love with the first time around. Honestly, this book had my full attention from start to finish. Emotion packed, sexually charged and hott as hell, sweet, sad, aggravating, but ultimately – hopeful. If Olivia Hayes hadn't already grabbed a spot on my One-Click- Addiction list with her first book, than this would have landed her there and I cannot recommend her highly enough. I am very much looking forward to what she brings us in the future.
“She was always meant to be mine. I knew it from the second I saw her. And then, when she came back into my life and brought Carly with her, I never had a choice but to love her too. I never had a choice! But I never wanted one. All I ever wanted was them.”
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Olivia Hayes is a native of Savannah, Georgia and now lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her loving husband and two children. With her southern roots, Olivia dreamt of one day writing books with the backdrop of coastal Georgia and South Carolina. When she's not reading, writing, or working her day job, Olivia enjoys spending time entertaining friends and family.
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