Author: Jamie Howard
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4 stars
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Blurb: When Sloane Avery stops to help a stranded driver, she finds more than a broken-down car on the side of the road. Luke Evans is faster and sexier than her Maserati, but with her heart still on the mend, she’s not interested in taking him for a test drive. Despite their initial disdain for each other, emotion and passion simmer, complicating their fragile friendship. But when a tragic loss and devastating betrayal send them spiraling, their growing love isn’t enough to save them.
That was five years ago, practically a different lifetime and definitely a different Sloane. Before she’s been hardened by booze, sex, and as much distance as she could get from the past. Now, called home on a family emergency, she’s determined to hold onto her heart the next time she sees Luke.
Except Sloane’s not the only one who’s changed. Luke’s turned his life around. Only the reappearance of Sloane and the reminder of his biggest mistake can put a dent in his plans. Luke is set on fixing what he’s broken. But with her emotions boiling to the surface, Sloane needs to decide if falling in love is life’s greatest gift or its cruelest joke.
Review: This book was a rollercoaster ride of an emotional journey. It dealt with death, betrayal by family and a love partner. It was deeply touching and at points I felt torn between being happy for one person at the expense of the other. I’m used to romances having a pretty clear set up of hero and heroine, but this one really threw me–and it worked. It may not have been a comfortable read, but it was certainly memorable!
Sloane’s past isn’t pretty. Her wealthy and privileged upbringing hadn’t protected her from some ugly betrayals from those closest to her. After one ugly night where everything had fallen apart, she’d taken off on a five-year temper tantrum of self-indulgent flings and escapes. She’s angry at life and who could blame her? Secrets are hard to find out, and her parent’s was a doozy; plus, Luke’s behavior was horrible.
She’s returning home now for Blaire’s engagement. Having to deal with all of the people from the past who’ve hurt her is hard. Facing Luke is impossible–especially since he’s moved on to another woman. Where does that leave her? And her stupid, left over emotions?
Being a bitch.
This was complex and difficult but I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure who to root for at times and felt like I was betraying one for another. The author revealed truths slowly, so as you found out something, you were angry about it until the next bombshell. Really interesting development between the characters. Great read for those who want a little more bite with their romance!