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Oh, Ryan Marley. As we say in the south- Bless him.
He’s a shadow of the man he once was after what happened in Always & Only, and my heart truly bled for him as he shut everyone out of his life and has disappeared for the last two years without a trace, binging on booze and women- nothing short of an addict.
So it’s up to Virginia Porter to attempt to track him down for Ian and Julie’s wedding, and from one glance, Ryan knows he’s got yet another addiction.
We got to meet Virginia, Ian’s sister, in book 1 and she was still the same tough as nails former addict as she was in book 2, but one glance at Ryan and suddenly, inhibition is out the window and she’s facing yet another addiction herself.
Two addicts. One sizzling attraction. What’s a couple to do? But can they handle reality when it comes crashing down on them? And will the drive to be together be their downfall or can they both overcome their compulsions? I got so frustrated with these two at multiple points in the story, but my heart went out to them as they worked hard to overcome their dependence on substance abuse and embrace their flaws, both of one another and each other. I loved Virginia’s strength and Ryan’s persistence. They complemented each other so well and their struggles were endearing and their love story raw.
I commend Gabrielle for her bravery in writing something so personal to her. It’s good to see a story break the mold and make you uncomfortable but also leave you warm inside. I enjoyed catching up with Dex, Ian and Julie and seeing Asher grow in his relationship with his mother.
These characters’ nuisances and battles are what keeps me coming back for more.
Shanna Swenson, author of the Abundance series
Shanna loves a good book that chills, thrills, and warms her heart...and this one did!