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- Print Length: 165 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Brazen (April 4, 2016)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2016
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014CS5NDE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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River was left broken hearted when Vaughn walked out of her life, but she did what she needed to do you get by for her daughter, Marcy. If that means exhaustion working two jobs, then so be it. Everything she does is for Marcy and to River, that's all that matters. Until Vaughn walks back into her life "forty-nine months and three days" later. Yeah, River counted too.
"Okay, so maybe River wasn't thinking with her upstairs lady brain." - River
It isn't hard to see that their chemistry is still as hot as an inferno and their feelings, though River feels she needs to protect herself this time, are still that once in a lifetime kind of love. But can River trust that he won't leave again, breaking her once for all? Or will he stay, determined to have everything...his woman, their daughter, his family?
"You never stopped being mine. I need you...mine. River." - Vaughn
Secrets are being revealed about why Vaughn really left, about their last time together, secrets that will change everything they thought they knew. Can Vaughn prove that he's never leaving her, them, again? Will River give their love a second chance at happiness? Or will the same judgmental influence try and come between them again? Is Vaughn quite possibly one of the best dirty talking men (and oh man, does that say a lot) Tessa has ever written? *nods head vigorously* When you add in the fact that he's been gone for River since the day they first locked eyes when she was sixteen? Swoon...permanent book boyfriend material.
"They would get better together. All three of them. Father, mother, and daughter. Because apart? They were loose ends that were meant to be tied." - River
"I've loved you up one side of forever. Now I'm going to love you back down the other." - Vaughn
One-click now and read about how it all began for Vaughn and River and take the journey with them as they're reunited with the missing piece of their heart. I do recommend you read the previous books in this series as those characters are referred to in this book as well as Duke, a future character that I cannot wait to learn more about. Please let him watch SportsCenter in peace. LOL The first book is Crashed Out featuring Sarge, River's brother, and Jasmine, River's best friend, and book 1.5 is Rough Rhythm featuring James, the manager of Old News, Sarge's group, and Lita, the drummer for Old News. Honestly, I just say you read every book this woman has ever written because they are all fantastic. She is one of my favorites and I eagerly devour anything with her name on it. This book, this series, has already joined my go-to-reread list. I have a lot of her books on there actually. I'm sensing a pattern. ;-)
**I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I enjoyed the realistic touches to Vaughn and River’s daily lives and that neither of them are silver spoon kids. They are struggling to make ends meet day to day and there are no quick and easy solutions to their issues. It grounded their romance and gave it a bit of depth that I enjoyed. The time spent dealing with Vaughn’s demons, and River’s understandable hesitation in trusting him were solid obstacles to overcome and the HEA was believable and sweet.
As for the sex, it is as smutty fun as you’d expect a Tessa Bailey romance to be, though at times I found it to be a bit over the top and a little distracting. I usually enjoy Ms. Bailey’s dirty talkers, but this might have been a bit more than I was in the mood for - especially when he’d refer to her constantly as doll or he’d even refer to himself as buck. The phrasing was more awkward than sexy and I never thought I’d say this, but there may have been too much smut, and not enough time spent with their emotional connection. I know, I think I’ll go lay down now and see if this passes.
The Bottom Line [3 stars]
I enjoyed Vaughn and River’s romance, even if the smut overpowered the love story at times. I will admit I’m intrigued with Sarge and I’d like to see what comes of his story next.
**ARC provided by publisher via netgalley for review**
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River and Vaughn were high school sweethearts (of a sort), and they were from opposite sides of the tracks. Vaughn was a delinquent, cast off by his parents. River was the beloved class president, big sister to Sarge (from book 1), and all around golden girl. Vaughn always had feelings of inadequacy, both in life itself, and, most especially, with River and their relationship. He never felt deserving of her, and that's partly what made him leave her after returning from military deployment.
There were several other reasons too, which I won't go into here. But, it all boiled down to his perceived inadequacy. He lied to her about why he was leaving. River got pregnant on their final night together, and she never tried to find him or tell him. She felt like she deserved the punishment of doing everything on her own, since she wasn't totally honest with him either.
He shows back up in town, due to a letter Sarge wrote him (back in book 1, which River is still mad about). Once they're back in the same town, much less the same room, their chemistry is undeniable. They both describe their time apart in number of months, which makes it seem even longer. 49 months and 3 days without each other. That's true, abiding love!
They have many issues to face and work through, but you can feel their yearning to be together as the driving force in both their lives going forward.
I truly loved this book (and this series) and I can't wait for the next one. Duke!
Most recent customer reviews
I enjoyed this book and thought it was a bit better than book one.
Vaughn De Matteo walked away from River Purcell, the love of his life,...Read more