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I loved the book but I found myself he'll my at the main characters. Because to me each kept missing the point th other tried to make. The arguments were as one and childless . I absolutely hated Terrance. He was not a true friend. And I was tired of the homeless references. That is not a disease you catch and get cured. To be homeless is shameful, devastating, and in some cases couldn't be helped. Once a person is on the road to pulling their lives together they don't want to be reminded of their misfortune at ever turn. Anyway, it was very interesting and I am saving my permanent review until after I have read all the books in the series.
Carter meets his estranged brother's fiancée, Shayla by accident. He sees Shayla on the ground in the cold and helps her during a near death moment. Shayla is homeless and depressed. She's rushed to the hospital with Carter. Carter finds out his brother, Jacob, was her former fiancée. Jacob killed himself months before. Leaving Shayla to spiral into a life of depression because of his suicide and her financial status.
While at the hospital with Shayla he finds out by accident that Shayla is his brother's fiancée. He decides to keep it a secret from Shayla. This is what makes the book a little ridiculous. I don't understand his reasoning. When his brother killed himself he left a note for him to take care of Shayla because he loved her. Jacob hated Carter. So why would he ask the person he hates to do that? Carter never seeks her out and never goes to his brother's funeral. Jacob never tells Shayla about his past. He never even mentioned the name of his mother or brother. Yeah, that's believable. Jacob has a different last name as well.
Carter tells Shayla she's moving into his home. He feels obligated to take care of her now because he never did as his brother asked.
Carter is wealthy, attractive, and desired by many women. Shayla and Carter hit it off. Both fall for the other but never have a sexual relationship. Just kissing.
Carter sets up a banking account for Shayla, gives her a second car to drive, and even helps her get a non paying job. He also tells her she doesn't have to ever leave. He doesn't even know her though. Makes no sense, even if she's his brother's fiancée. Heck he didn't know his brother.
Carter has several chances to tell Shayla he's Jacob's brother but doesn't.
Carter treats Shayla like a queen. And I do mean he takes good care of her. However, there are times when she acts a fool, especially for someone who had nothing. She gets mad at him when a woman visits Carter's home on business. She thinks he's seeing her and shuts him out. Carter finds out about the woman visiting but he never clarifies. He lets her continue to act immature about it. Shayla gets mad, locks her door. Tells him in his own home, "I didn't want you to bother me." Oh really, and he's taken her from squaller to luxury and this is how she treats him. It's crazy.
Eventually they argue and her leaving is discussed and she leaves after he tells her he can't be with her. The book ends shortly there after.
Pros: Even with the lack of things I like I can't rate this book lower than average. Well written. Some grammar mistakes but not many. Carter is liable Different storyline. Creative in a sense. Sweet story. If your looking for a steamy romance move on.
Cons: Shayla is not very grateful to me. No real reason not to tell Shayla about Jacob. Not real believable to me that Jacob never talked about the two people he hated the most. Shayla's constant statements about being in love with Jacob. Who left her by killing himself. He must not have really loved her. There is nothing steamy about this book. I can deal with a lack of love scenes but this had none. Ending. Book two is coming. I'm not sure I will purchase. Hopefully there will be a love connection for someone instead of PG rated heavy petting and kissing.
This author is very talented. Her portrayal of grief is right on and she depicts emotions in a real way. However, I gave the book a 3 because of the huge cliff hanger at the end. This book should have been a completed stand alone . Disappointed at the end.... Nowadays , feel like readers are being lulled intentionally into buy more books as everything writing seems to be a series.