Tori St. Claire
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...
Bound by honor, caught by desire...
Former Marine Alex McCray is ripped up inside over the knowledge that his best friend died saving him. Now he's returned to his hometown to honor a promise he made-to take care of his buddy's widow. Semper fidelis. "Always loyal." But Alex's loyalty is about to be tested, because there's never been a time when Reagan Sanders didn't make him burn with desire.
All it takes is one night for Reagan and Alex to give in to the deep, carnal need they've denied themselves for so long. But Reagan has secrets of her own?secrets Alex can never know about her marriage, or the kind of man her husband really was. But one night with Alex isn't enough. Not even close. Now Alex must choose between his sense of honor...and his heart.
Short story about a survivor of abuse and the courage to move on and love again. The ending was a bit rushed and HEA was a little abrupt. Would've liked the characters a bit more developed instead of repetition of the emotional struggles they are trying to overcome. An "every other chapter" reminder seemed a bit excessive.
Shattered by the past
Reagan Sanders and Alex McCray have been hot for one another for years. Alex is feeling like he wants to take a chance with Reagan, only to remind himself that her former husband died saving him. Reagan is trying to start over after a miserable marriage and is being looked down upon for not grieving louder and longer.
Alex and Reagan cannot stop the chemistry that pulls them together. Their attraction is very strong and you feel it from the very first page. They both have things from the past that are coming back to haunt them, and their relationship is too new to maybe weather the secrets that are just now coming to light.
Alex has a lot of guilt about the promises he made to his buddy. Reagan just wants to create the future she was robbed of in her former relationship. She has been hurt quote a bit both physically and emotionally and it makes it hard for them to compromise.
Reagan has just one good friend it seems. Unless you count Alex. Can they share love enough to one another to override the hurts of the past? Is love enough? Can you get rid of guilt if you love hard enough?
This story is very moving and sincere. My only issue with it was the very meek and wounded heroine that just needed to toughen up. I know that sounds harsh, but I just felt glimpses from her character as I was reading that there will soon be hell to pay.
***This ARC copy was given free from Netgalley.com and its publisher for review purposes. My honest opinion does not reflect Netgalley, nor its affiliates.
Drew and Reagan were married and Alex was Drew's best friend. Little did Alex know that every time Reagan glanced at him a little too long, Drew beat her for it and for other reasons as well. No one would believe that their deceased hometown hero, who earned a Purple Heart for saving Alex's life, beat his wife. Alex wouldn't believe it. When things get heated between Alex and Reagan, will the guilt Alex feels for sleeping with his deceased best friends wife, put a stop to their ultra steamy affair?
What a fantastic story. Super sexy Alex McCray is one hot Marine. His sense of honor is admirable and I love the reminder he gave Don and his friends about death before dishonor. I am definitely a fan of Tori St. Clair and her amazing writing style. I can't wait to read more from her.
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.