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Loving Amber: Book 1 Riverstone Series - standalone (Riverstone Estate Series) Kindle Edition
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“You’re not Paul. You’re not effing Paul.”
Loving Amber is a friends to lover’s romance with a fair bit of angst in true Roya Carmen fashion. The prologue begins as a recount of Amber’s diary entry as she is first inducted into “The Misfits,” her brothers little gang of blood brothers and Amber is allowed in due to her penchant for baking. Amber was one of the boys though, she was a tomboy through and through and throughout this book we are treated to snippets of their past through her diary entries.
Now, present day, Amber’s life is one tragedy after another, enough to bring anyone to their knees, but it is the fact that she is now a mother that keeps her going. Her six-year-old boy, Trevor is her life and she has to keep it together for his sake. Amber is a woman riddled with grief and a tonne of resentment, even though it was incredibly misguided. A single mum and a business owner her life is constantly on the go, leaving little room for relationships, not that she is there yet.
“Trevor deserves to be a kid. He deserves to live. You have no right to cage him. And you have no right to decide who loves him.”
The Misfits consisted of Amber’s brother, Flynn, her twin brother, Ken, Paul and Aiden, in a small rural town where there was not much to do but climb trees, ride horses and horse around and that is exactly what they did. Amber ends up marrying Paul, but Aiden had always carried a torch for her. As kids he was her arch nemesis, always teasing her and “pretending” to hate her, but we all know that there is a fine line between love and hate. A tragic accident takes Ken and Paul away and leaves Aiden with a huge dose of survivor’s guilt, but what hurts the most is Amber turning her back on him.
“If I try for more, she’ll eventually break my heart. How could she not? She’s still so broken herself. I’ve already let her break me once or twice. Third time’s not a charm.”
Aiden was an adorable character and I really connected with him. Not only had he lost two of his best friends but he had also lost Amber too. He was alone. His own rehabilitation had taken years but he has since thrown himself into work trying his hardest to overcome his own demons.
There has always been something between Amber and Aiden, even Amber knew it, but it was something that was never acted upon, except for one kiss. These two have a lot to overcome, first start is actually communicating but can these two actually move on from the past and let bygones be bygones?
“…if there’s one thing I can’t do, it’s stand by and watch you move on with your life without me in it.”
I loved Roya Carmen’s Rule Breakers series and she became a firm favourite. This was a new side to her writing for me and while it was a good story, for me personally I had no character connection at all to Amber. I felt ambivalent towards her, and her initial treatment and actions towards Aiden just made me dislike her even more. For me, there was that little something missing. Aiden however was a totally different kettle of fish, I felt his pain, I felt his guilt and to see a guy go above and beyond to make peace to get little acknowledgment was heart breaking. I have to admit, my tears leaked once, but it was solely Aiden’s pain that brought them on.
“You know what else it takes to be a real man…A man who loves his woman, cherishes her, is faithful to her, and rocks her world.”
Amber’s sister, Ruby is up next. She is the total opposite to Amber and already made her appearance felt in this book so I cannot wait to see what her story entails, I bet it won’t be boring!
Loving Amber is a second chance at love story with a twist of the forbidden. Two years ago Amber lost her brother and her husband in a terrible accident. For those two years she blamed Aiden Rogers, because somebody had to be held accountable, right?
Torn by the tragedy in her life and her son, Trevor, to think about, Amber set herself on a certain path she felt certain was the right one. She needed safety, stability and direction in her life. She was scared to feel. To love. To lose so much again. In that fear, she shut everyone out and barely lived. And now part of her past was busting down her well-guarded walls without her permission.
Aiden Rogers had loved one woman all his life. The one woman he could never have or be good enough for. So he moved on as best he could. Thinking he finally had his future laid out for him, one tragedy tears his world and that of the woman he loves upside down. She blames him. He blames himself. Not the same man he once was, he is hurting and broken.
Then one day their worlds collide again. Even as he begins to see he can be just what Amber and Trevor may need for their future, all she sees are his mistakes and who he once was. Struggling to show her all that he can now be, she keeps pushing him away and hurting him over and over again. How much can one man take?
Amber was very frustrating. She would not admit her feelings or attraction and struggled with what she really wanted versus what she thought she should have and provide for her son. I know many will not like her, but this woman has lost so much and was just so afraid to move forward and follow her heart. Could she stand to lose so much again? She was terrified and in turn, held so much in. Even as she finally wanted to move forward.
Aiden. What can I say about him? My heart broke over and over again for him. At times Amber was downright cruel to him. He loved her so much, he did not know how to walk away, but also, had no idea how to show her all they could be. He was at times so sweet and caring. He understood where she was coming from, even as it cut him to pieces. Even when he reached his limit, he would be there for her over and over.
The angst level in this one was very high and lasted through most of the book. It’s will hurt your heart. But the story is so well written, even as you want to murder Amber, you see and understand where she is coming from. You just have to know how it will all end. There are a few moments that will take you by surprise, but flow well and again, you will not want to put this down.
Overall a great second chance at love story, with angst and a bit of the forbidden we know Roya does so well! Looking forward to the next book.
Loving Amber was a 4-star angst filled read for me. Happy reading!
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