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Graphic designer Lynda Shelton has agreed to marry Mergers and Acquisitions legend Merrick Dalton for one reason only—to save her family’s company. She’s warned this is a marriage in name only. Merrick will never love her. That’s fine with Lynda because she has sworn off men.
Merrick Dalton has wanted Shelton Energy for a long time, so when he’s asked to save the company, he jumps at the chance. He has vowed never to love another woman, but Merrick can give Lynda what he’s been assured she wants—material comfort and social standing.
The one place where Merrick and Lynda connect is in bed. She has a penchant for his kinky tastes, and he stirs desire in her like she’s never known. But when their secrets surface, the reason they married turns into a dangerous game of illusions and lies.
Unyielding by Ravenna Tate
Unyielding is the first book in the Tortured Love series by Ravenna Tate. It's the unique story of Merrick Dalton and Lynda Shelton and is the beginning of a series of unconventional stories that will not just hold your interest but will make you want to read each book in one sitting. That's just how good these books, and this one in particular, are.
Merrick's beloved wife, Theresa, is gone due to a senseless murder. He's lost, inconsolable, totally unable to comprehend who could have done this horrific act to the woman he loves more than life itself. Why? He can't understand why. And he is filled with rage and fury. He doesn't just want justice. He wants revenge. He swears he will find those responsible and make them pay. He also vows he will never love another woman. He cannot go through this agony, this heartrending pain, not ever again.
Lynda Shelton has been betrayed in the worst way possible. The man she has loved, lived with, devoted her life to for seven years, Rey Santos, has violated her privacy, destroyed her trust, and left her alone and broken. Quite by accident, Lynda discovers Rey has been recording their sex life and edited the videos to show her in the worst possible light. Not only that, he has been engaging in sex with other women, recording those encounters and posting them on amateur porn sites. Lynda, furious, confronts Rey, who admits everything. In Lynda's presence, he burns all the recordings of their sex life, swears he has posted nothing involving Lynda on the internet, and tells her there are no other copies of the recordings. She has to take his word. She has no proof to the contrary. She ends their relationship, swearing to never trust another man. If she couldn't see this side of Rey during their seven years together, she would never trust her judgment regarding another man again.
Years later, both Merrick and Lynda meet at a church. They are about to get married and both are anxious and ill-at-ease. They've only met once, years ago, for a few brief moments, at a party given by Lynda's father for business associates when Lynda was only 15 and Merrick was 26. Merrick wants her father's company. Lynda's father will only agree if Merrick marries Lynda. It's a simple business transaction. That's all. They will be married in name only. Since both Merrick and Lynda have no interest in love, it should be the perfect solution for both of them. Merrick has become immensely wealthy and can provide Lynda with everything money can buy, which her father has assured Merrick is all that matters to Lynda. By now, Lynda is a freelance graphic designer who couldn't care less about money. She was raised in a mansion surrounded by everything money could buy but left all the money and trappings of wealth behind years ago. She cares about her art and her business, nothing more. She's only doing this to save her father's company from bankruptcy.
The wedding proceeds as planned. It's beautiful and everyone seems happy and carefree. No one suspects the marriage is a sham. Then comes the honeymoon night and everything changes. Life explodes, and not in a good way, for both Merrick and Lynda. Lies have been told, secrets hidden. Suddenly nothing is as it seems and both Merrick and Lynda need to not only reexamine the past but deal with the present and try to figure out the future. Can they make a life together with their own hidden pasts, uncertain present and the threat of total disruption of their lives as their future or will their pasts come back to haunt and destroy them?
Unyielding is another compelling novel by Ravenna Tate. It is full of twists, turns, and totally unexpected events when you least expect them. The characters of Merrick and Lynda are completely believable, captivating and intriguing. You won't want to put the book down! It's just that good. Ms. Tate has the capacity to develop the characters so completely that you feel as if you are part of their lives as you read their story. If you've never read anything by Ravenna Tate, this would be an excellent book to start with. If you have read her other books, you will not be surprised at the way you are drawn into the lives of her characters. And although this is the first in the Tortured Love series, each book is a complete standalone book.
One final note. This is an amazing book but it is also an ADULT book. It contains explicit language and explicit sexual scenes. If you do not enjoy thriller/mysteries with erotic romance and sexual scenes then please carefully consider your purchase before starting this series. PLEASE DO NOT BUY ANY BOOK IN A GENRE YOU KNOW YOU WILL NOT ENJOY AND THEN LEAVE A NEGATIVE REVIEW OF THE BOOK AS IT IS NOT FAIR TO THE AUTHOR! She works hard to provide a quality work product and if you know before you purchase a book that you will object to the subject matter contained therein, you will be doing not only yourself, but the author, an extreme disservice.
Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!