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Publication date: September 1st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
I moved to Orlando for a fresh start.
Nobody could know my secret.
Catching the attention of the hottest DJ in all of Orlando wasn’t in the plan.
He’s got moves, and they’re not just good. They are good.
Like the beats he spins in the booth, I fall fast for him and his crazy family.
When he finds out about my past, it won’t just break my heart but also crush my soul.
The third time I saw her at a crowded club, I had to have her.
After our first kiss, I knew she was a habit I would never want to break.
Knowing what she hid from me reinforces what I’ve known for so long. Women cannot be trusted.
Even knowing the worst, I can’t stay away from her.
But when push comes to shove, will I be able to keep her safe?
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Tours as part of a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.
Cecilia is just trying her best to stay clean, stay out of trouble and make something of herself after escaping an awful situation that left her with an addiction. When she meets Brock at a nightclub, she likes that he seems to only take an interest in her, until things begin to turn serious, and she struggles with the idea of having a relationship because she’s never had a healthy one. She just knows that her past will tear Brock apart, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it becomes to tell the truth.
Brock hasn’t had a serious relationship in twelve years, and even he isn’t prepared for the intensity that being with Cecilia will bring. But they work well together. He doesn’t trust easily, so when he finds out a secret that Cecilia has been keeping from him, he finds it difficult to work through his anger. However, he can’t ignore the passion that they have, and when Cecilia’s past threatens to catch up to her, he’ll do everything he can to keep her safe…but will he succeed?
I’m not much for contemporary romances, but for some reason this one just caught my eye and I figured I’d give it a go. I’m not going to lie, this is not the next big thing for the literary world, but it was enjoyable, easy reading, and just all around fluff that I need right now.
Brock is a major alpha male yet has the ability to show his sweet side at times. Cecilia is just trying her best and I honestly loved her character. At times their dialogue felt very campy and cliche, and I found myself rolling my eyes more than a bunch of times at a lot of the stuff that came out of Brock’s mouth but hey, it was still an enjoyable read.
The story is told through alternating perspectives of Brock and Cecilia, at first I found it a bit disorienting because I wasn’t expecting the perspective to shift, and while I understand why Renee went down the route of alternating POVs, I don’t think it was overly necessary. Yes, it gave us insight into Brock’s character a bit more and also showed us things that were happening when Cecilia wasn’t with him, but most of his thoughts, I found at least, were about his dick and how much he just wanted to f**k Cecilia. It got a little bit old after a while. I was after a bit more character development from him than what I got, but I’m not overly mad at it to be honest.
We learn Cecilia’s secret from the first chapter, so we’re well aware of what she’s hiding, and I loved how flawed her character was. Her character development was brilliant. She was believable and real, and I just love that she’s trying her best to make something for herself, yet you can still see the scars she carries from her past. The story was predictable, but that doesn’t bother me, I was however hoping there would be a bit more involvement from her past so the story was a little bit more than just about their budding relationship, but what I got sufficed. It was more of a background thing to the development of Brock and Cecilia’s relationship.
I liked the supporting characters as well, especially Warren Sullivan – Brock’s father. His character was so fun, and loving and caring and I just wish he was a real person so I could befriend him. There are other books that deal with Brock’s brothers, the story of his older brother Vamp and his partner Rainey is already available, but the story following the younger brother Gabe and his friend Cassandra is yet to be published. I won’t lie, I’m probably gonna pick both of them up because I feel invested in the characters and their stories.
I felt that it wasn’t just the dialogue between Cecilia and Brock that was cringey though the constant use of baby and honey as terms of endearment was a bit much at times. It was the dialogue of the older brother Vamp that bugged me too. Both him and Brock came across as these macho alpha males, which is fine, as Vamp is part of an MC, but it felt like it was trying too hard. And I couldn’t help but have an inward giggle at how ridiculous they sounded at times. I feel like Renee may have been trying a little too hard to make them come across as real blokey blokes who take no crap, when that could have been portrayed through actions rather than cringe-worthy dialogue. As said above though, I’m not even mad about it though, I still enjoyed the read.
I feel like there was more room for some more development of parts of the story, but they might come about in further instalments. All in all, this was a light fluff of a read which was just what I needed. It was contemporary romance, with cringe-worthy dialogue, interesting characters and easy reading. If you want something light, give it a go.
Karen Renee is the award-winning author of the Riot MC series, the Beta series, and upcoming O-Town series. She has been writing since she was a teen, but has only recently brought her dream to life. Karen spent years working in the wonderful world of advertising, banking, and local television media research. She is a Jacksonville native, as well as a proud wife and mother. When she’s not at the soccer field or cooking, you can find her at her local
library, the grocery store, in her car jamming out to some tunes, or hibernating while she writes and/or reads books.