Paige Watson has it all. A loving family, beautiful home, and a great career. The only thing she's missing....is love. After escaping an abusive relationship, she opens her heart up to a stranger. He is unlike any man she's ever met. He came into her life and turned it completely upside down. Everything is perfect. That is, until one fateful night.
A night that would tear the Watson family apart, never to be put back together again.
Living a nomadic lifestyle, Xander Evans finds himself at the Watson Winery with a pretty good summer gig. The winemaker’s daughter is the sweet and feisty Paige who catches Xander’s eye immediately. For a man with a rough past and a lot of baggage- he takes to Paige emotionally quite quickly. As Paige and Xander’s friendship blossoms into more there’s devastation that rips them apart—possibly forever.
First off, this book takes the cake for THE most Midwestern book I’VE EVER READ. Now I live in the Midwest (northern) and I could hear the annoying voice of my Southern Midwestern friend throughout this whole book. The dialect, the manners, the setting, everything- lol summed up the Midwest. (I also forget the alcohol drinking).
Speaking of- Paige was a unicorn. There’s no way in hell a woman who’s 24 has a ’69 Chevelle 454 big block, AND knows how to shoot, AND can drink a man under the table, AND has long wavy blonde hair, AND I could go on—the character was every Midwestern’s man’s wet dream.
Moving on, I did really enjoy the writing and the story. The plot was fast moving and something was always going on which I liked. I did find the twist fairly predictable and guessed who dunnit early. We are given some of the villain’s journal entries toward the end of the book but I think it would have been a great difference had the reader seen some of behind the scenes spread out through the story. We had chapters and chapters of character development yet the villain and clues were revealed in one. I wanted MORE!
One thing I didn’t predict was the ending—kudos to the author for making it a depressing ending yet happy in other aspects. *whew* Not Nicholas Sparks-ish at all! Overall, I did enjoy this read and will probably venture on to book two. In the erotic romance genre, I do have to say this is the best to date that I’ve read by a male author! 3.5 stars xx