- File Size: 831 KB
- Print Length: 220 pages
- Publisher: RCardello LLC (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017J8MQWK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stolen Kisses (The Barrington Billionaires Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Dax Marshall is a business shark that cared not for emotions... except NOBODY ever tells him no. He had just purchased a resort to be flipped later when he spotted Kenzi Barrington, of the rich Barrington clan, on the beach of his new resort, drunk but attempting to get to the beach for a swim. He saw the sadness and despair in her eyes, and brought her back to her room and allowed her to sleep it off. That unlikely meeting created an interesting friendship, for Kenzi is indeed burning up inside, having kept a secret so long she had turned self-destructive, and nobody in the family is ready to listen. And she had to tell the one man she knew who is strong enough to stand the truth... Dax Marshall. And that shared secret will affect how they define life... and love.
I've always liked Ruth Cardello's novels more than her sister, Jeanette Winters. These characters seem to have a better depth to them without making them TOO wounded (unlike some authors who thought the more wounds the more defined the character). Kenzi's story seems to start with just plain bratiness, but you get a hint of tension underneath that exterior, and soon realize there's a lot more to her than that. And the family is like the "avoid crisis at any costs; just don't talk about it". Dax... was okay, but he's basically Richard Gere in Pretty Woman, starts as business shark, then wanted to turn companies around by the end of the book. A little cliche, I guess? Still good read.
Kenzi didn't deal with physical abuse but she sure wasn't heard when it came to what she wanted. She was raised to be the "perfect" daughter, someone who would politely submit to the wishes of her family. And above all else, do NOT upset her mother. You know that can't last forever, the pressure from that is about to blow. Also the secret that she has herself is adding to the pressure.
I did like how the friendship between Kenzi and Dex develops. He helped her get free and stand up for herself. Kenzi also began to show Dex that he was more caring than he ever imagined he could be. She really begins to sees that caring side of him, he is so good to her. She just seems to bring that out in him and at times it's pretty uncomfortable for him.
I liked how brutally honest Dax was, it ended up being one of the things that Kenzi needed and ended up loving. She was finally able to be herself for a change. It was fun to watch them grow and overcome.
I loved this story. It was heartfelt, sexy, with internal conflict at play throughout. I thought it was awesome that Dax was able to help Kenzi find herself and become the strong woman she wanted to be and Kenzi was able to open Dax's eyes to just how lonely he truly was. This is definitely a 10 star read!!
Key for me was the topic of rape being addressed and the strength Kenzi took in overcoming . What stood out for me was Dax and the approach he took. All he did was listen to Kenzi and that made a difference.
Kenzi taking her experience public and sharing with others needs to be applauded. Instead of harrowing in the past ,she took that step and moved forward.
Lovely as usual Ms Cardello. I have read every single book you have written. You are an amazing writer and I do enjoy your talent.
Off to read book three- Lance story. Can't wait for the other books.