She and her friend set me up. Then they sent those pictures to my wife. Little did they know that she’d already left me and that I was devastated and ready to self-destruct. Because of her, I lost everything I ever wanted … the only hope I had. Now I will risk everything I have left to destroy her. It doesn't matter why she did it, that she was hurting, or even that she was drunk. It doesn't matter that she looks at me like she sees into my soul. Does it?
Melanie was the one that’d sent those pictures to his wife, but it was me who’d told her to get her camera ready. I’d been angry at my ex-fiance and took it out on Merrick, wanting to expose him for the cheater I thought he was. I never dreamed it would go this far - that he would vow to destroy me. I’d take it all back if I could, but the damage is done. My mother’s life’s work is at his mercy and he’s determined to make me feel the loss that I caused him. Still, the way he looks at me I have to ask myself, did my poor choices wake the monster...or the man?
Well now, this book is one big vacillating ball of frustration and smexiness. Both Merrick and Trinity will have your palms itching with the need to bitchslap the both of them at various points of the story, but goodness, the surprising chemistry between them was so unexpected it takes not only you by surprise, but them as well.
Both Merrick and Trinity have plenty of issues in their personal lives, and a decision made while drunk brings havoc and chaos no one was truly prepared for. There are regrets for both characters, but even moving forward they're still both hot messes, Merrick more so than Trinity. He tries to fight his attraction to Trinity because he's so focused on his plan for revenge. Merrick is the definition of a hot and cold character, but that's the beauty of it, because you never know which road this book will take. There is a satisfactory ending and I'm happy to report that this book does NOT end in a cliffhanger!
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.
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The reality of his world sweeps away Margaret’s innocence and puts her in the middle of a place she’s never known. With William at her side, she can’t help but question her own boundaries and the temptation to ignore them is running high. Then, one night, one poor decision and Margaret becomes the one with everything to lose.
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Jacqueline grew up in the rural southeast and is the youngest child of a large and rowdy family. Reading was an escape when there wasn't much else around to do. She loves everything from classical literature to true crime and everything in between. With her two children grown and gone, she's surrounded by a menagerie of adopted pets and a two-legged thief who refused to give her heart back after a night of karaoke.
With a day job and a dream job, her writing is a steamy combination of real life and seeking to answer the age-old question of what would happen if...and then characters come along and completely derail the plan. Letting them have their say provides plenty of sleepless nights and an endless combination of coffee and wine, but she hopes you enjoy their stories.