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So what do you do when a weekend in SIN CITY results in not just having a good time, but in being the catalyst for a series of cataclysmic events that forever alter your life and put you on a path of self-discovery, reflection, respect, forgiveness, understanding and, ultimately, love? Well, you try your best to live it, even when you cannot seem to fully enjoy it because you aren't sharing it with the one person who made it all possible.
An unlikely situation
An accidental sing-a-long
A brief kiss
A dime for your thoughts
A series of confessions
An offer that can't be refused
An abrupt exit
A brief reconsideration
A nervous throwing of caution to the wind
A decision to step outside of the norm
A deviation of a well-laid plan
A weekend of firsts
A long hike
A peaceful sunrise
A sad realization
And a goodbye
This story of two unlikely lovers pulls you in with intrigue from the moment Grace arrives in Vegas meeting Carson, a man who is the polar opposite of her, and keeps you captivated through an entire weekend of exploration and discovery.
Jealously, hot dogs, Titanic, 80s songs, dimes, dunks, confessions, realizations, hiking, sunsets, a friendship, a connection and a love are shared and lead these two individuals to learn more about themselves through the eyes of someone else.
But they part and the two are now forced to face their lives with these new found feelings and revelations. What do they do? They go back to the daily "grind," so to speak, and hope they can "perform" in all things that are expected of them. But they soon realize that what used to be their daily norm is now the one thing they no longer want or even know anymore and, well, they make a sharp turn in a new direction and follow a new path.
Time ticks on and both are living their lives apart yet together. Each carries the other with them in some way because the life they are living is a constant reminder of the person who showed them how to be the very best version of themselves. It is never "out of sight out of mind," but always "absence makes the heart grow fonder." These two could never truly remove the other from their thoughts, their hearts or their lives because each one of them had the other etched into the very fabric of their being; their new being...the very improved version of themselves that not only is what they truly wanted, but all that they saw in each other.
So, they moved on...plunging into a future as the new versions of themselves. And just like that fickle finger of fate, they find themselves coming full circle and back where it all began and, in true DESTINY fashion, their paths cross again in a way that entwines their NEW SELVES to each other once again.
Their paths cross
They have a moment
A request is made
A kiss is shared
A quick escape is necessary
An impromptu visit is received
They share another moment - more intense than the last
A truth is revealed
A decision made
And FINALLY there is room on that "raft"
This is a book where the world doesn't look at you as one person, but when one person truly looks at you as the world. A world full of hope, dreams, possibilities, positivity, change and, most of all, love. Each character brings out the best parts of the other, showing them a world of options that they never once thought they could have for themselves, or maybe thought they weren't capable of attempting to achieve.
This book took us from a fun weekend fling, to a heartbreaking goodbye, to a wake-up call, to a drastic change, then to a life of proving who and what you are not just to yourself, but subconsciously to and for the ONE person who helped you see that it was never too late to be everything you were born to be.
The paths chosen by both Grace and Carson makes their decisions heartfelt and believable, because choosing to behave differently would equate to nothing more than going back to what they chose to leave behind. It also solidified what it was that changed for them in that hotel in Vegas those many years ago.
The author took great care to methodically weave the nuances of these characters and their time together into a life without each other. This made their coming together again intense, explosive, cataclysmic and, ultimately, GAME CHANGING.
This story was so perfectly entwined together that it reflected and equated to the sentimental warmth and comfort of that very special blanket hand crafted and crocheted by your grandmother. That one thing that every time you see it, hold it or are wrapped up in it, it brings back those warm memories that make you smile, cry, laugh, remember and wish. I cannot express enough how perfectly suited these characters were for each other, and how perfectly executed their path was to ultimate acceptance, redemption and love.
Just like Rome wasn't built in a day, neither are other things of perfection, and this is a love that is truly perfection; maybe not for others, but definitely perfect for these characters. And while the author leaves us hanging for some time allowing an air of mystery to linger regarding a question always asked and an answer always avoided, the moment of the reveal is so touching that you can do nothing else but smile when you see just how real, personal and heartfelt what was shared truly was and just how important and necessary it was for Carson to always carry Grace with him. It is in that very moment that you realize the profound effect that each of these characters truly had on each other and just how powerful it was all those many years ago why they held on so strongly to those memories.
Grace was Carson's life raft...always keeping him afloat...and he was her backbone...showing her the very drive and strength she had in herself to live her life for herself and not with the cushion of the dependency of others. It is in that moment that it becomes real and they realize that not only had they "never let go," but couldn't let go because you can never be apart from the one thing that has made you COME ALIVE without feeling dead inside. *sighs* A rollercoaster of revelations and emotions and worth every single bit of it because the payoff is GRAND and the ending is truly warm and fitting.
This author continues to DAZZLE on all fronts, and her beautiful writing and spot on delivery and consistency of behavior and development make this another fabulous read. She takes such great care to stay true to her plot, her characters and her vision for their entire journey that you have no other choice but to be completely consumed by it...so much so you find yourself not only rooting for them, but feeling every emotion because you become so engrossed and in love with them that you just want them to be happy. Her talent as a writer continues to blow me away with how well rounded, funny and detailed it is. She will make you cry with her words just as quickly as she can make you laugh with her wit.
Truly a worthy read and a 5 star one at that.
"Stinger" didn't give me any of that. While the hero, Carson, was allegedly hot, the writing left me struggling to really visualise him, particularly when he did lots of goofy things, like singing in elevators and pulling strange faces. I know it was part of his character that was meant to be endearing, but it turned me off him.
The heroine, Grace, was likeable enough, but she was a bit boring - again, it was part of her persona (straight-laced, no-nonsense), but I never felt that she showed enough personality to make me care what was happening in her world.
The sexual tension was there, but it wasn't smoking. These two moved from insta-lust to insta-love in about one romp. I wasn't feeling it, particularly from Carson's side where he seemed instantly whipped after one night.
I ended up page skipping and trying to get into it when the story evolved, but by that time I'd lost any real connection with the characters.
I'll still look forward to Mia Sheridan's next book; I just hope that her characters are more engaging, as they were in "Leo".
SPOILERS: In this book the last one is an issue. They are apart 5 years without contact. He gave it one try but gave up after coming to a wrong conclusion without speaking with her. She never tried. They both frequently thought of each other but did nothing about it. This drove me crazy. My opinion if you love someone enough, you make an effort even though it means that you maybe rejected or find out things that you do not like. The only two redeeming things to me about the separation were both accomplished a lot in their careers and amazingly enough, neither slept with anyone else. Ok, that is a big one for me as I never want the H or h to sleep with OP after being physical with each other. I give the author credit for that and that is why I gave the book three starts as opposed to two stars.
There were other things irritated me about the book. It drug in parts, mainly when they were separated. Also there were a lot of different surprises thrown in toward the end that detracted from the story and were not credible. The book could have easily ended with them being reunited and it would have been a good ending. There was a lot of chemistry and hot scenes in this book and the book should have just been about the main characters relationship and growth. Instead, towards the end it veers off course from a hot romance to being full of last minute suspense and the H who started off as a porn star is saving the day for women and children who are part of a sex trafficking. Say what? Not the book I signed up for nor read over 75% of. Also it was annoying that the h, an attorney, violated the ethical rules of conduct because she was the prosecutor of H's friend but helped the friend get exonerated for his crimes. That is a no-no for attorneys and in my state could have gotten her disbarred.
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