As the chief legal counsel for dot-com billionaire Liam Stone, Garrett Marsden has grown accustomed to being universally loathed. In fact, he welcomes it. Because the bigger the fight, the easier it is to run from his desire for someone he can never have: his stepsister. But when Garrett flies back to Julep, Mississippi, for Savannah’s med school graduation, a steamy encounter makes all his wildest dreams come true—and leads to his undoing. Because that’s when he meets Savannah’s boyfriend.
Five years later, Savannah Boudreaux couldn’t be happier as a small-town Southern doctor and single mom to a young son. There’s only one thing missing. Her stepbrother, Garrett, has just been released from prison, and although he may be a free man, he’s become a bitter shadow of the kind and caring man who once came to her rescue. Now Savannah will cross the line to save Garrett from himself: to prove that he can live his life, love whoever he wants . . . and be a wonderful father to their son.
***ARC provided by the publisher and NetGalley***
This one has it all. A hero you like, a heroine you like, people who are real and have flaws, a situation that isn’t ever going to be totally tidy, sort of like life, and characters who deserve happiness.
Forbidden romances can be fun. The forbidden aspect heightens the wondering if they will be able to figure out a way to get the HEA and, more importantly, if there is a way that it can be resolved that works for the story and the characters.
You get to know the characters over time through the first few chapters, so when you get to the meat of the story, you already know how they feel about one another, and why they are denying it. But, you still find yourself on their side. Garrett was in such a position, and he made the choices he made to protect Savannah, after taking what he felt was so much from her. Savannah had to deal with loving a man she shouldn’t and deal with the fact that the reason she shouldn’t love him went a lot deeper than just (really, enough happens that this is a “just”) being her stepbrother.
The writing, the dialog and the characters are all strong and you won’t want to put this one down. I know I read it in about a day because I just had to know what happened and how it worked out. Garrett and Savannah deserved happiness.
This one is making both my 5-star and my “re-read” list.