Gloria Navarro met and married her soul mate. When he died, she felt she’d never know that kind of love again. But when she finds a love letter between the pages of a book and the man who wrote the missive, she starts to believe lightning might strike twice.
To Bryan Dunn, love is a four-letter word. He doesn’t go in for cheap sentiment or hearts-and-flowers. But he wants Gloria, and to get her, he’ll let her believe he wrote the silly letter. The longer he’s with her, though, the more he cares. If she discovers the truth about him, it just might break the heart he never thought he had.
A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:
As far as romances go, they don’t get more perfect than this one. Everything about this book kept me enthralled from beginning to end.
From the description, you may expect cliched character types and a story so overused that you can recite the plot from memory and while that may be true to an extent, Raines did an excellent job of making the story feel new.
Gloria’s marriage was described as being perfect and beautiful and her husband’s loss, heartbreaking. You feel the depth of her sorrow and the need to know she isn’t the only one in the world to feel so strongly. I absolutely love the interaction between her and her daughter; how they cling to one another and look out for each other. It emphasizes how their bond was effected by Emilio’s death.
Bryan, on the other hand, starts out as a self-serving ass. The portion of the story told from his perspective is brilliantly written. There is no disguising his true motives once you see in his head and while his actions aren’t the most noble, you can’t help but have hope he’ll change. Throughout the book, you get to see Bryan evolve and watch as they discover something with the potential to heal them both.
I can’t get over how well the author developed these characters especially since there is little interaction between them and the world outside their story. I believe there are only five other characters mentioned by name- Gloria’s daughter-Desi, her fiance-Ashlynn, a shop keeper-Miłosc, and an elderly couple in the park-Letty and Howard. The last three characters don’t seem majorly important but they do play a crucial part in the development of the story–kinda like little twists of fate.
Now another aspect I have to commend the author on is the sex scenes. Very well written, sensual scenes only highlighted the depth of emotion developing between the characters making it so much more than sex. Pure sex (with the crude words so many default to) would have ruined the outcome of the story so I was glad to see the author take the sensual road.
I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the story. It was beautifully written and I really want to read more of Raines’s work when I get my TBR pile manageable again. This one definitely earns her 5 stars and a new fan!
About Nona Raines
Nona Raines is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She’s currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. Her erotic romances are published with The Wild Rose Press and Loose Id. Her transgender romance His Kind of Woman was nominated for the 2014 DABWAHA sponsored by the Dear Author and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books review blogs. Her most recent work is the erotic romance novella Read to Me.